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New Things in the Now

We have a rich heritage of faith and have inherited practices from many faithful saints of the past. We look upon what God has done and how He has done it with a reverent awe. But, do we remember that …

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The Need for Encouragement

Encouragement is one of the most needed ministries in the church today. Why? Because discouragement is so common and so destructive in the church today. It is easy to get discouraged over the lack of growth in our churches, or …

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The Sad Story of Needless Strife

I recently saw a photo, taken at a conference about forty years ago, of a large group of well-known Baptist leaders who were reformed/Calvinistic in their soteriology. It warmed my heart to see all of these dear men living in …

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Jesus Christ, a Timely Example

At this writing, we are still standing at the very beginning of a New Year. As pastors, such a time gives us the important opportunity to reflect on our lives and our ministries. With the passing of each year we’re …

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You Are Not Alone

As ministers we are so often so focused on our work of evangelizing the lost and instructing the saints that we don’t have much time to keep perspective on our hearts. Often this leads to exhaustion, lost focus, and sometimes …

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Pastors Are Not Perfect People

Pastors are not perfect people! This is one of the main points in Paul Tripp’s book, “Dangerous Calling.” Dr. Tripp has done everyone in the ministry a tremendous service by writing a book that takes us through a diagnostic exam …

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Technically Practical

Staff lines, bar lines, ledger lines, clefs, breaks, notes, rests, accidentals, octave signs, quarter notes and much, much more that I know nothing about are all a part of the alien language I see on a sheet of music. This …

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Advice About College Life

The college years are a crossroads for so many people. Growing up in churches, kids often make decisions about Jesus and the Bible almost automatically, but those decisions are tested in powerful ways in college. Tests come not only from …

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