Raising Teens into Church Life pt. 2: Serving Others

Church is a blessing. The church, a local group of redeemed sinners worshipping God through loving Him and loving others, is a blessing to those who participate in it. The center of the church’s worship is Sunday morning; through prayer, singing, giving, and responding to God’s Word in faith the church collectively blesses God and …

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Raising Teens into Church Life pt. 1: Sunday Worship

Church is a blessing. It nourishes the Christian through fellowship; a community devoted to loving God and loving others. The activity of the church’s loving fellowship is compelling. This is just as true for adults as it is for teens (and younger). As families and a church body, one of our goals in raising up …

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Practical Repentance

As Christians we are to cherish what God cherishes. Amazingly God cherishes repentance. He doesn’t begrudge the repentant, rather He calls out to a perpetually adulterous Israel in Jeremiah 3:22, “Return, you faithless children.” He always desires the sinner to return to Him. Why? Jeremiah 3:22 continues, “…I will heal your unfaithfulness.” He cherishes repentance …

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Parents, Let’s Guide Our Children into Church. Church, Let’s Receive Our Youth Well.

Some say "It takes a village to raise a child." I may not completely agree with this statement and it's common applications, but I do think it points to a basic developmental reality sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated by the Church: Community shapes youth.  Community is powerful. It is powerful because it is partnership. A community …

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Devos for A Strange, New World – Through Sorrow with Joy

COVID has brought many of us closer to death. This virus has made us think on mortality more – ours and our beloved. I pray this shouldn’t happen, but if a moment of loss comes, how will you react? Preparing to respond to loss biblically helps us process death’s sorrow with great joy. Mourning loss …

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Designed for Purity 9 – Confession and Repentance (Notes)

God’s Created Order God designed humankind for his glory and blesses those who wisely live according to his ways As sinners, we reject God’s design and live foolishly, incurring God’s judgment and sin’s destruction As sinners, our foolish rejection of God’s design leads others into judgment and destruction Our sin negatively affects our relationship with …

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Designed for Purity – Session 1: Introduction (Notes)

We live in a sexual world.  God created sex; it’s good, it’s for marriage, it’s enjoyable, and it’s useful for procreation Sin breaks God’s order; humans, relationships, marriages, and sex are now tools of rebellion. This study is an effort to look at our current surroundings and then ground ourselves in what the Bible says …

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