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A Day in the Life of a Presbyterian: The Session Meeting

What actually happens at a session meeting?...

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The Order of Salvation, Part 1: Introduction

What is the order of the steps that God uses to save us?...

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Distinctive Discipleship: Being Salt and Light

A quote on what it looks like to be salt and light....

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Bonhoeffer on Forgiveness

This past weekend, we had our third annual Youth Winter Retreat. We were joined by some of the youth of Church of the Resurrection (PCA) in Flagstaff. We had a great time! The theme of the retreat was "The Gospel for Me and for You," and we discussed how the gospel changes us individually as well as in relationship with each other. One talk I gave was about how the gospel...

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The Christian Life: Brotherly Love

As I was doing my devotions this morning, I came across this verse: "Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another" (1 Thes 4:9). What an incredible commendation! Paul didn't need to tell them how to love one another because they were already doing it so well! Compare this to ...

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People, Places, and Prophets...or "What do we do with the boring parts of the Bible?"

Let's face it. Some parts of the Bible are more interesting than others. Reading about the parceling of the Promised Land in Joshua 13-21, with its seemingly never-ending list of cities and villages, doesn't exactly get your blood pumping for your morning devotions. The same thing could be said about the genealogies of 1 Chronicles or dozens of chapters in the Prophet...

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Favoritism, Hospitality, and No Hunting!

Do we play favorites at church?...

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"Broadchurch" and Human Sinfulness

I have a confession...I like BBC TV shows. Most recently, I watched the first season of "Broadchurch," a drama focusing on two small-town detectives, Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, who are investigating the murder of a pre-teen boy. While there is quite a bit about the show I cannot recommend, there is a fascinating scene in an early episode where Hardy and Miller are discus...

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The Christian Life: What Does Forgiveness Look Like?

Do we really understand what it means to say, "I forgive you"?...

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The Christian Life: Must We Always Forgive?

As Christians, we're called to forgive others since we've been forgiven by God. But must we always forgive, no matter what?...

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Vows, Baptism, and You

Do we really take seriously the vow we as a congregation make when a baby is baptized?...

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The Christian Life: Prayer

How's your prayer life?...

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Remodeling of Youth Rooms!

Let's face it...the youth rooms are not in the best shape. If you've visited with us on a Youth & Family Night, you know this to be the case. I've even heard it said (jokingly, of course!) it might be better if they accidentally caught fire! All kidding aside, though, it's become obvious that work needs to be done to give a "face lift" to the modular buildings where we...

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Singleness in the Church, Part 2: Involving and Including Singles

Five suggestions for how a church can better welcome and involve singles....

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Singleness in the Church, Part 1: A "Gift"?

This is the first of a two-part series on singleness in the church. This post recaps and reflects on some of the material I heard at the recent CCEF conference. Next week I will focus on some of the ways the church can improve in welcoming and including singles....

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Review: Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower

Show Them Jesus is a fascinating, personal, and readable primer on teaching the Bible in a way that highlights the power of the gospel to change lives....

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Youth (& Family) Ministry

Youth & Family Ministry is a whole-person, whole-family philosophy of ministry....

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The Beauty of an Ordinary Life

God gives us permission to be human. He's given us skills and abilities that we should use for his glory; they're his good gifts that we should appreciate and take pleasure in. It's good and right to work hard to produce something beautiful but temporary. ...

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The Platitudinous Power of the Word

Do we really believe that God's Word is sufficient and effective to build his Church?...

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A Friend of Strangers

Hospitality goes much deeper than "entertaining." It's loving the stranger because Jesus became a stranger for us....

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Fruit or Poison? The Power of Words

Words are incredibly powerful, but can also be incredibly destructive. How are you using your words?...

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