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No Detour from Calvary

Devotional by John Piper And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6–7) You would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, he…

Be Prepared

  “He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16–17) What John the Baptist did for Israel: the season before Christmas can do for…

Christ Loved You

Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tenderhearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person no matter what your background has been. The Bible assumes that God is the decisive factor in making us what we should…

Separating Sheep From Goats

We’re all familiar with the parable of Matthew 25:31-46 in which the final judgment is likened to a shepherd separating the sheep and the goats. It occurs to me that, in some ways, sheep and goats are very similar animals. At least, they resemble one another more than either resembles a baboon! But, all likenesses considered, there are also some distinct dissimilarities.…

Friend’s Day

Friend’s Day October 30, 2016 Bible Class: 9am Worship: 10am Worship will be followed by a BBQ lunch We have children’s worship (ages 3-5), staffed nursery AND after lunch, there will be a staffed playground and bounce house! Next week is Bring a Friend Day!  Out in the foyer you will find invitations that look similar to the image above and I am praying that you take…

“I’m So Discouraged”

First, let me say that feeling discouragement and disappointment is not sinful. No one thinks you’re less Christian simply because you feel like that. Honestly, I think we have all reached that point at some time in our life and the more you care the more likely you are to feel it. Sometimes it is about what is happening at church and sometimes it’s about what is not…

Making Disciples: By Marshal Segal

Following Christ means making disciples. His words echo in the back of our minds, “Go therefore and make disciples . . . ” (Matthew 28:19). Not first and foremost “have daily devotions” or “give to the poor,” but make disciples. We don’t become a Christian by making disciples, but once we are in Christ, few things come closer to capturing the heart of our calling while…

Patience Isn’t Passive

I am an impatient person. Waiting is a nuisance at best. This presents a challenge when I run into those situations when wisdom says “wait on the Lord.” In fact, “wait on the Lord” sounds very much like “sit down, shut up, and see what happens” which is in dangerous proximity to passivity and boredom, a state of being that is hair-tearingly tedious. But my understanding…

The Different Tenses of Grace

Devotional by John Piper We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) Grace is not only God’s desire to do…