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Andrew Hughes | Category: Christian Living
In Psalm 103:12, the Psalmist uses the illustration of the distance between East and West to describe the distance from which our sins are taken from us, when forgiven by the Lord. "As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."
Admittedly, if I travel west and you travel east here on this planet, we will eventually meet up. But from the standpoint of the writer and from the standpoint of the universe as a whole, the distance between east and west is infinite. That is, east and west have no starting point by which the two could be measured. That is vast. That is infinite. And it is that infinitely vast distance to which our sins have been removed. Never to be returned.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Worship
I’ve been reading a book by Bob Kauflin entitled, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. It’s a great book, and I have found it very edifying.
I just finished chapter 17, in which Kauflin lists several ways that corporate worship ought to impact our daily lives. Is your personal time of worship and your presence in corporate worship having these effects on your life?
Stacy Reaoch | Category: Bible Study; The Christian Life
Sunday morning often hits our house like a whirlwind. It seems no matter how much preparation is done beforehand, in the hours before we leave for church, Sunday morning feels chaotic. Breakfast is hurriedly made and put on the table, kids get dressed and redressed for church after finding a hole in their tights or a stain on their shirt, the baby inevitably has a dirty diaper as we’re about to walk out the door. And in those few minutes when we’re all around the breakfast table, we’re often drilling the kids on their memory verses for Sunday school. And my memory verse? Well, there just didn’t seem to be time in the week for me to memorize. I’m hoping the kids won’t ask for mom’s recitation of the weekly fighter verse at our church.
Andrew Hughes | Category: Mission
Evangelicalism has had a long history of nebulous terms that get tossed around that either aren’t totally understood or become more popular than the application of the term into actual church life.
For instance, you can find a book on just about any topic these days that begins with “Gospel-Centered;” and then you can fill in the blank. Gospel-centered parenting, Gospel-centered finances, Gospel-centered homeschooling, Gospel-centered work life, Gospel-centered meal planning. Now, by all means, Gospel centeredness is critical. But when we say, “I want to be more Gospel-centered and Christ-centered,” or “I need to pursue Christ more,” or “I need to really be going hard after God,” do we have a concrete vision of what that looks like? Or has that all just become more churchy-jargon?
Andrew Hughes | Category: Bible Study
A couple weeks ago, we highlighted a number of Bible reading plans that you could use for the coming year. In this post, I'd like to just offer a few different methods of reading and studying your Bible if you need a fresh approach to reading this year.
This past Sunday, Pastor Ben referenced the acronym I.O.U.S. for prayer, before reading Scripture. Below is a helpful article, from October 2010, by Jonathan Parnell for using this prayer.
Jake Walker | Category: Theology for Life
What comes to mind when you think of the grace of God? Most likely you think about the saving grace that allows sinners to be adopted and justified by God through Christ. There is another type of God’s grace that is often overlooked, common grace. When I speak of common grace I mean the grace that God gives all people, both Christians and non-Christians alike. A few examples of common grace include God sending rain and sun, sustaining the universe by his power, giving governments power to restrain evil, and blessing parents with a healthy baby. Matthew 5:44 says, “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”1 Psalm 145:9 states “9 The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”2 Everything that is good in this world is because of God’s common grace to all of creation.
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