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God Gives Himself

Encouraging excerpt from David Platt's book, Radical, on God's good gift of Himself. "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13) Why does Luke 11 refer to the Father giving the Holy Spirit? To be honest with you, I used to think, What if I wasn't a...

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Why Preach?

Why do we preach in our Sunday worship services? What is preaching, anyway?...

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A Community of Hope

In light of Pastor Brett's message last week on believing what God tells us, this is a great quote that points us to living out our faith as the church of Jesus Christ in light of the future hope that we have. "The new community of Jesus is an eschatological community which lives already in the new age he inaugurated. For justification is an eschatological event. It br...

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Jesus is Alive!

"It seems to me that the great difference between practical theism and practical atheism is the church of the living God. Jesus is alive, and we can't keep that a secret. It is not okay to think, When they get to know us, they'll realize that Jesus is alive. It has to be front and center in our worship, our smiles, our greetings, our interaction, our preaching in everythi...

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A Glimpse of Heaven

There is an email/blog ministry called Of First Importancethat will send you daily gospel-centered quotes from various sources that has been a blessing to me. You can sign up at Here's a great quote from the site: Our faithful presence here on earth should provide a glimpse of what the life of heaven is like. We are to be a fragrance of the ...

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Using All The "Wrong" People For His Glory

"In Jesus' simple command to 'make disciples,' he has invited every one of his followers to share the life of Christ with others in a sacrificial, intentional, global effort to multiply the gospel of Christ through others. He never intended to limit this invitation to the most effective communicators, the most brilliant organizers, or the most talented leaders and artists ...

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