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Influential Christian Writers: J. Gresham Machen


J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) is a well-known theologian who rigorously and valiantly defended orthodox Christianity during the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy. Being trained at Princeton Theology Seminary (PTS) under the tutelage of B.B. Warfield and A.A. Hodge, Machen had one of the best theological educations in North America. With his immaculate academic skills, h...

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Lyrics For the Soul

Lyrics For the Soul Every time we read one of the Psalms we are rereading a part of the Bible that Jesus probably memorized. It was part of His life in a way that we might not usually consider. This fall we are going to focus our preaching attention on the Psalms and when I think about Jesus' earthly life the writer to the Hebrews said this about Jesus, "For we do not hav...

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Can I know God Personally?

Can I know God Personally_

Can I know God Personally? A few weeks ago, we ended the Explore God series with the last question being, can I know God personally? While there is no doubt that only way we can have a relationship and know God personally is through the work of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:19-21), I continued to reflect on the question, seeking to go deeper in my understanding. Some of the tho...

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You Need the Church … And the Church Needs You

You Need the Church … And the Church Needs You

You Need the Church And the Church Needs You Sunday morning comes along again. You get the kids dressed nicely (for the most part), you hope they grabbed some type of nourishment, you remembered to shower and look pretty presentable. You show up almost on time, get the kids to their Sunday School classes, sing some worship songs, mostly listen to the sermon, shake som...

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Is the Bible Reliable?

Is the Bible Reliable_

Is the Bible Reliable? It is exciting to see our church participating in the Explore God series and actively engaging in study groups. One important question that will be addressed in the series is, "Is the Bible Reliable?" This blog post is not intended to give an exhaustive defense of the reliability of the Bible but to spur our thinking as we look at this question in ...

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Contentment. In Child-Rearing?

Contentment. In Child-Rearing_

Contentment. In Child-Rearing? Meeting my newborn nephew was an exciting experience, but he was growing up fast. After just one year he changed drastically (as all babies do). Riding in the car with my sister-in-law I commented that she must miss how small he used to be and wished that time could slow down for a while. Her answer surprised me: "No. I try to be content n...

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A Prayer We Need For The New Year

New Year New Blog Post

With the start of the New Year, I am reminded of the First Great Awakening in America during the 1730s and 1740s. This was a time of great religious revival in America and parts of Europe. A revival is twofold, first, in the sense that a revival happens when a large group of people is transformed by the power of the gospel and second, a revival happens when Christians take...

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Celebrate Christmas With Every Note You Hear

Christmas 2018 blog

There's a song in the air. Christmas is a special time of music. The old familiar carols play. Some of us can't wait for Thanksgiving to be over so we can play Christmas music. Others don't wait and begin playing as soon as possible, literally. Whatever your background is to Christmas music there's one thing that's true. The little baby lying in a manger is the King of the...

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Christmas Through The Eyes Of Simeon And Anna


IntroAs a child I remember experiencing the wonder of Christmas as the season moved forward and the 25th got closer and closer. Though for me at that time, much of what Christmas was about centered around the gifts that might be coming my way. There was a great wonder and excitement about the season. As I grew older into high school, much of that wonder and excitement wane...

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Thanksgiving 2018


We all work. Some work hard. Some work hard at doing nothing, but we all work. When our work is completed we celebrate. Many times the celebration is about us. As we turn our calendars on another Thanksgiving when our turkey traditions are unfurled in full, oven-roasted glory we need to think about how we can best take time to be thankful. The story of Ezra can help us....

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