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The Greater David

The Greater David

BY MATT NOBLE: The story of David and Goliath, found in 1 Samuel 17, is a very familiar story for most of us. But let's not miss the important truths in this passage. There are five things to notice here. First: God uses the unlikely. From this passage we are told that David is young (v 14, 33, 42). As a result, he is not the likely candidate to fight Goliath.  But God uses him regardless, and he…

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4 Ways God Punishes Sin

4 Ways God Punishes Sin

BY ADAM POWERS: Lastly, after spending two days on the origin of sin and the character of sin, today I’ll briefly discuss the punishment of sin. This is the result of sin in man. All this talk of guilt, pollution, corruption, depravity, and total and moral evil means little if God doesn’t take it seriously. Men may make light of it but God doesn’t, for He will punish all sin both in this life and…

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Go Therefore…

Go Therefore…

BY ANDREW JAENICHEN: Go therefore… Two of the most important words to us in Scripture: ‘Go therefore…’ What is so important about this phrase for many probably is not the words themselves but how often it has been preached and how often these two words have been addressed. As an alumnus of Southeastern Baptist in Wake Forest, I heard these words a lot. These words helped to shape my understanding…

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Would Jesus Win Every Event at The Olympics?

Would Jesus Win Every Event at The Olympics?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Yes. (Well, I don’t think anyone wants to say “No.”) My general rule of thumb is that Jesus is the Greatest Ever no matter what we are talking about. Here’s what I know: If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to be a Swimmer, than he’d be better than Michael Phelps. If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to be a Gymnast, then He’d be showing up Simone Biles. If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to do that…

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The Object of Our Faith

The Object of Our Faith

BY BURK PARSONS: We all struggle with doubt. Some Christians struggle with doubt from time to time, and others struggle with doubt every day. We sometimes doubt because of our indwelling sin or because of the weakness of our faith. We sometimes doubt our salvation. We sometimes doubt God’s love for us. We sometimes doubt our election. We sometimes doubt in times of trial. We sometimes doubt that God…

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Habakkuk’s First Complaint

Habakkuk’s First Complaint

BY ADAM POWERS: Gazing at or laboring to get a glimpse at the Glory of God is the most practical thing anyone can ever do. Habakkuk teaches us this well. One of the ways the small prophetic book of Habakkuk does this is its personal tone. Most of the other prophetic books are very impersonal, you don’t hear a lot about the prophet himself. Usually what we find is God speaking through the prophet…

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Your Lion’s Den

Your Lion’s Den

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: I never get tired or bored with Daniel chapter 6!  How about you?  I remembered it from Sunday School, claimed the spiritual lessons from this event for my personal life, and preached on this chapter numerous times at different occasions over the years!  It is just a great read!  If you have never read it, or it has been a long time since you explored this portion of scripture, do…

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Turf War: Missionaries Are Moving in on Our Territory

Turf War: Missionaries Are Moving in on Our Territory

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Did you know this? That more missionaries come to the United States than any other country in the world??? On average, 32,000 missionaries come to the United States from other countries per year. Did you have any idea? Second place, has 20,000 missionaries going to them. We’re close to doubling-up the second place country. What’s interesting, we send more than 127,000 out from…

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3 Ways Biblical Theology is Practical

3 Ways Biblical Theology is Practical

BY ADAM POWERS: Everyone is a theologian. Some of you may think that statement makes as much sense as the above picture of someone swimming on a road. If that’s you, you’ll want to keep reading. You ever thought of this? Everyone you’ve ever met in your life and you yourself, are a theologian. Let me explain. If you’ve ever had a thought about God: who God is, what God is like, what God demands of…

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Why Pastors Should Never Touch Church Money

Why Pastors Should Never Touch Church Money

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: There’s only 2 ways for a Pastor to get on the evening news – a sex scandal or a money scandal. (If you feed a 100,000 homeless people or cure cancer you might make the religious section of your towns second biggest newspaper.) I’ll deal with avoiding sex scandals some other time. Oh wait, I can do it in one sentence. Just sleep with your wife. Hmm, that was easy. (Well, I’ll still…

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Who is St. Valentine?!?

Who is St. Valentine?!?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: That’s the most interesting thing about Valentines Day to me. We have no idea who St. Valentine is.  We know St. Nicholas gave presents to kids. We know St. Patrick was into all things Irish (although his official saint color was blue.) So why is St. Valentine associated with love, hearts, and overpriced greeting cards? Let me share some history and then some commentary: History Valentinus…

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The Church’s Theology Misconception

The Church’s Theology Misconception

BY VICTOR GANCEDO: What is the Problem? The problem in the most basic form is that people in the church have taken the word Theology out of context, (The Church seems to be good at that recently) and it has created a misconception within the Christian culture especially within contemporary communities. This misconception, in short, is the idea that theology is something only pastors study, it is…

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Recommended Readings

Recommended Readings

The following are recommened readings from Trinity College faculty.  Enjoy!     Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur Recommended By:  Eric Bargerhuff – Professor, Theology     Following Christ by R.C. Sproul Recommended By:  Dennis Cox – Dean of Academic Affairs     Read for Your Life by Pat Williams, Peggy Matthews Rose, and Phil Jackson Recommended By:  Cindy Hyer – Librarian     Voices…

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Psalm 23

Psalm 23

BY PARKER PERRELLA: If you are like me- human- then you have a tendency to be fearful. You fear unwanted outcomes. You fear loss. You fear vulnerability. You fear not being in control. Fill in the blank… We have a tendency to doubt that the Sovereign, Almighty God of the universe has a plan that is ultimately for our good and His greater glory. Psalm 23 brings me comfort, as it should to you, knowing…

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3 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

3 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

BY MATT NOBLE: In Hebrews 13 we are told that pastors must give an account for those they watch over (Hebrew 13:7). We see this again in the epistle of James where we are told that pastors will be judged with greater strictness (James 3:1) as they have tremendous influence over the church. Pastors have been given a very weighty task – to shepherd God’s people (Acts 20:28). This is an enormous responsibility…

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Why Christian Education?

Why Christian Education?

BY JONATHAN REYES: Why Christian Education?  That is a good question, and if I can admit, I will be biased because I am a product of Christian Education.  I must admit that on the surface Christian Education sounds like Bible study, but I can attest that Christian education is simply education that stems from a Christian worldview.  Before I discuss my reasoning on why Christian Education is important,…

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Ten Prayer Points on Preaching

Ten Prayer Points on Preaching

BY ADAM POWERS: Each week I go through two texts of Scripture to understand them, absorb them, and preach them on the upcoming Sunday morning and evening. This process involves as much prayer as it does study. Here are ten things I pray for each week about my preaching. In the Study Lord, give me words for Your people. This is the first thing coming into my heart when I open my Bible. I understand…

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Fear of God Is Just the Beginning of Knowledge

Fear of God Is Just the Beginning of Knowledge

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA We all know the verse that says, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  There are quite a few verses that reference the fear of God and even a couple in the New Testament.  Often times I hear people just erase the word or change the word “fear” to “reverence.”  Obviously we should be reverent to God but “fear” has a different meaning.  Fear means to be afraid of something…

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Starting at a Small Bible College in Florida

Starting at a Small Bible College in Florida

BY JOHN KELLER On the day Billy Graham passed away, the news was texted to me by my sister Kathy, immediately a flood of emotions hit me, I was at my desk taking attendance at the small Christian school I worked as a Bible and history teacher, I had to ask Mr. U to watch my class as I stepped out to regain my composure. At that moment, I felt the presence of this man’s testimony in my life personally.…

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The Surprising Return of Elijah

The Surprising Return of Elijah

BY DR. STUART PARSONS: Outside of college duties, I assist an outside ministry named GotQuestions.org, by answering questions that readers pose. A reader recently asked, “In Matthew 17:12, when Jesus said that Elijah has come already, then in verse 13 when it says that the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist, were the disciples mistaken in their assumption that Jesus was…

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Introducing Jesus: Where Do You Start?

Introducing Jesus: Where Do You Start?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: The life of Jesus is recorded in 4 Gospels, and they each reminisce about Him in a slightly different light. The first time Jesus is introduced actually illuminates quite a bit about how he will be presented. Let’s get started: Mateo 1:1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. So Matt wastes no time to introduce Jesus. Verse 1,…

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The Heaven's Declare

The Heaven's Declare

BY MATT NOBLE: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. – Psalm 19:1 Sometime ago I heard a pastor speaking about the size of our galaxy. It is incredible. We know that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. Not per hour, but per second. That is fast! To travel from one side of our galaxy to the other side of our galaxy would take 100,000 years traveling…

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Are You A Navigator?

Are You A Navigator?

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  Philosopher Eric Hoffer There is no doubt about it … change is upon us, increasing at an exponential pace.  When knowledge is doubling every eighteen months and increasing, how is one to stay current and meet expectations? We must be constant learners. …

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My Fantasy Team: Old Testament Prophet Edition

My Fantasy Team: Old Testament Prophet Edition

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: I think you might be surprised by Jesus’ number one draft pick. Jesus would pick John the Baptist. Why do I think that? He said so in Luke 7:48. “I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:48). John the Baptist is like Scottie Pippen. Everyone who watched Pippen play knows that he’s a great player. He might be the best perimeter defender…

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Unqualified Supremacy

Unqualified Supremacy

BY BURK PARSONS: A few years ago I heard a sermon by the eminent Swiss theologian Dr. Roger Nicole. Prior to the sermon, I read the bulletin for the service which noted Dr. Nicole’s sermon title. I recall that I became somewhat agitated when I read the title: “Lord, No.” I remember thinking: “What sort of title is that?” I soon realized, however, that the title was intentionally ambiguous. To say…

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Three Friends Every Youth Pastor Should Have

Three Friends Every Youth Pastor Should Have

BY FRANK GIL: Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think…

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Bible Reading Plans

Bible Reading Plans

BY ADAM POWERS: As a new year begins many of you will begin Bible reading plans.  This is good, and this is challenging. This is good because God’s Word is the very revelation of God to us, and in it God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).  Thus, we should endeavor to study it as much and often as we can, a Bible reading plan will help you do this in a structured…

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Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Most people ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and I’ll give you my answer on that too just for kicks and giggles. But I think the tougher question is in the title. It seems counter-productive for God to allow good things to happen to people who want nothing to do with Him. Don’t people usually turn to God when in crisis? Scripture is filled with passages that essentially…

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People Over Profit

People Over Profit

BY DR. SHANNON HOGAN AND ALTON SHADY: Proverbs 11:24 states, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” The implications of this verse have eternal remunerations that do not come in the form of dollars and cents, yet pays more than your hard work ever could.  Solomon’s discourse does not suggest one should give of their financial wealth.…

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The 4 Kinds of People in Your Church

The 4 Kinds of People in Your Church

BY ADAM POWERS: I’ve been in and around pastoral ministry for 10 years now and over that time I’ve noticed that in every congregation there usually are 4 kinds of people present. I find these distinctions to be quite helpful because each group requires a different approach, and they need different things (that I want to be able to give them) from me as their pastor. Now, not every person fits into…

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Rediscovering Joy

Rediscovering Joy

BY DR. DENNIS COX “Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.”  Melba Colgrove Joy always feels natural.  It comes on easily but only under unusually wonderful circumstances.  Like love, joy is something everyone wants but no one can hoard.  It must be discovered but looking for it is useless.  You don’t find it.  It finds you.  You set the table and it comes for dinner; uninvited and welcome.  There…

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The Root of Everything

The Root of Everything

BY JOHN KELLER   Recently, I watched the documentary about Fred Rogers "Won't You Be My Neighbor." There was a profound moment when Rogers stated: “love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it. The greatest thing we can do is to help someone know they are loved, and capable of loving.”  Today, we live in a world of cynicism. The Rogers’ documentary…

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Is God for Us?

Is God for Us?

BY DR. STUART PARSONS: I assist the ministry GotQuestions.org by answering questions that readers pose. A man in Europe recently asked, “In Rom 8:31, ‘if God be for us,’ is the proper translation ‘since God be for us’?” The answer to this question helps us think about approaches to biblical translation. Even more importantly, it helps us think about God’s inexpressible love and grace. I hope that…

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Unity?  Is it Possible?

Unity? Is it Possible?

BY VICTOR GANCEDO Unity… In today’s culture, we see a lot of disunity within the Christian culture, but this is nothing new. There has been disunity within Christians since the beginning, whether it be varying beliefs or interpretations of scripture or political differences. Unity is something that we strive for yet it is so hard to obtain. However, with the recent political uproar, I would argue…

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Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

BY ANDREW JAENICHEN: “Give me liberty, or give me death,” is this not one of the most popular phrases in all of American history? From an early age we embedded it within our very being as Americans. The very foundations for that which we believe as a country drives itself from the understanding that man has liberty, but from a Christian perspective what does liberty mean? Do we derive our understanding…

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The Ordinary Christian Life Is a Radical Life

The Ordinary Christian Life Is a Radical Life

BY BURK PARSONS: The ordinary Christian life is not the opposite of the radical Christian life. The ordinary Christian life is a radical life. The ordinary Christian life is a life of daily trusting Christ; daily repenting of our sins; daily abiding in Christ; daily loving Christ; daily dying to self; daily taking up our crosses and following Christ; daily loving God and neighbor; and daily proclaiming…

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Why Christian Marriage Matters

Why Christian Marriage Matters

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: I really wonder if the Bible was being written today would Jesus use marriage as the example for how much he loves His church. Jesus consistently used Bride and Groom analogies to describe His commitment to His Followers; and the Apostle Paul continued on with that analogy in his letters. Yet today, people get divorced more than they switch their cell phone carrier. Or people just…

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Sheep Without a Shepherd

Sheep Without a Shepherd

BY MATT NOBLE: "When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." - Mark 6:34Turkish shepherds watched in horror as hundreds of their sheep followed each other over a cliff, say Turkish reports.  First, one sheep went over the cliff edge, only to be followed by the whole flock, according…

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Misunderstanding “Repentance” is Confusing the Gospel

Misunderstanding “Repentance” is Confusing the Gospel

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Repentance is brought up a lot in Gospel presentations. I can already hear someone saying, “And rightfully so!” But is “repentance” a “part” of salvation? That’s where the misunderstanding comes in to play. If when you say “repentance” you mean, “stop sinning before coming to Jesus,” then you are dead wrong. If we could stop sinning before coming to Jesus, then why do we need Jesus?…

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Our Future is Bright

Our Future is Bright

BY RACHEL NOBLE: JOBThe book of Job can seem like a sad and dismal read.  Chapter by chapter it seems we become more and more depressed as we read of Job's despair.  The book of Job details the tragedies that he faces and the accusations that he receives because of his misery.  His friends automatically are convinced that it's because of his sin that these tragedies have come to him, when in fact,…

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Pardoned and Glorified

Pardoned and Glorified

BY BURK PARSONS: If you’ve read Victor Hugo’s classic work Les Miserables, or if you’ve seen the stage production or film, you’ll recall the scene wherein the bitter criminal Jean Valjean has been released from prison and finds safe harbor at a bishop’s home. Instead of returning the bishop’s kindness, Valjean steals his silver, strikes him, and flees in the night. After Valjean is caught by the arresting…

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S. S. S.

S. S. S.

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: You may be thinking that this should be S.O.S, the international emergency signal of distress.  No, it is S.S.S.  What is that?  It means it is So Simply Simple!  “What are we talking about?” That is probably your next question, right? In an age of such complexity and challenge, knowing that something is simple and easy to accomplish is very refreshing. When I am “watching”…

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Image and Likeness = Dignity and Sanctity

Image and Likeness = Dignity and Sanctity

BY ADAM POWERS: When talking of the nature of man today it is commonplace to hear man described as a ‘cosmic accident’ on the scene of history. This view, which is still being popularized by the evolutionary viewpoint, is that man evolved over millions of years from a puddle of slime into what we are today. Over the past century we have seen a large pendulum swing: as the theory of evolution gained…

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Rejoice, Imitate, Identity – And So On and So On…

Rejoice, Imitate, Identity – And So On and So On…

BY ADAM POWERS: After defining and seeing the great mercy and grace of God throughout the Bible for the past two days, today I ask a simple yet challenging question: so what? To ask the ‘so what?’ question is normally an easy thing to answer, but asking it in regard to God’s mercy and grace it is both simple and challenging.  Simple because the answer is obvious.  Challenging because the answer has…

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Getting Hit By The Waves

Getting Hit By The Waves

BY FRANK GIL: We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV)   Have you ever been in a place where you felt like you were sinking and you were helpless in finding a way out? Literally,…

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Complacent Repentance

Complacent Repentance

BY BURK PARSONS: I love to hear stories about our faithful forefathers in ages past, and while it may be mere legend, I have heard that the great nineteenth-century British pastor Charles Spurgeon posted a sign on the door of his study. Each time he passed through the door of his study he could not avoid seeing the sign, which read: “Perhaps today.” It was his way of reminding himself that Jesus could…

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God as Ultimate Being, is Never Becoming

God as Ultimate Being, is Never Becoming

BY ADAM POWERS: For God to be immutable means He is devoid of change, not only in His Being, but also in His perfections, purposes, and promises. It means God is exalted above all change or becoming, He never grows, He never decays. He never improves. He never deteriorates. His remains forever the same. We’ll get to many passages that teach this soon but think about this logically. Change means moving…

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A Gospel That Doesn't Make Sense

A Gospel That Doesn't Make Sense

BY KEVIN DUNN: I love sharing Jesus to people who don’t know him (though I don’t do it as much as I wish I did). But if I’m honest, I partly love it for selfish reasons. Paul says in his letter to Philemon, “…I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6). In other words, Paul is praying that…

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Celiac, Servitude, and Sovereignty

Celiac, Servitude, and Sovereignty

BY KRISTA MALLO: I am constantly amazed at God’s handiwork. When I see a sunset I am reminded that the heavens declare the glory of God. I hear the birds chirping in the morning, and I am amazed that God created so many similar creatures, but they are all different enough to know the sounds of their own kind. I understand that God is perfect is every possible way, and I am not perfect in any way whatsoever.…

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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

BY MATT NOBLE: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved" —Ephesians 2:4-5 I was once told a story about a man who had died in the early 1900’s and because of his size, 6’10”, they were unable to fit him into a casket; he was simply too big.  Therefore,…

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Asleep On the Knees of Delilah

Asleep On the Knees of Delilah

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: Many of us are familiar with the story of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16.  As you know the Philistines desired to capture and weaken this man of incredible strength.  Noticing that he had fallen in love with a woman named Delilah, the lords of the Philistines offered her 1,100 pieces of silver if she would seduce him and discover his secret of great strength.  Then they could…

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Why the Impeccability of Christ Is Way More Important than You Think

Why the Impeccability of Christ Is Way More Important than You Think

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: You must be a thought-filled person. (Not thoughtful… thought-filled) For you to click on a blog with this title proves you are smarter than at least half the people you know, so congrats on that. I tend to put theologies in 3 categories – the “Rock-Solids”, the “Lean This Ways,” and the “No Ideas.” The “Rock-Solids” are things like the Deity of Christ, that God created the world,…

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A Mind Captivated by God

A Mind Captivated by God

BY BURK PARSONS: I have journeyed through the land of Narnia. Nearly ten years ago, I had the privilege to stay at Rathvinden House, located in the beautiful rolling-green countryside of County Carlow, Ireland. At that time, the Rathvinden estate was owned and operated by Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis.  Late one afternoon, as I was walking on the grounds of the estate with a friend,…

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The God of the Second Chance

The God of the Second Chance

BY ERIC BARGERHUFF: “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you in Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:7, NIV, emphasis mine)               When I was a young lad growing up in Indiana, I was fascinated with the greatest piece of racing equipment known to man…the Big Wheel. Yes, most of us kids in the neighborhood had Big Wheels, and we loved to…

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Some Theological Implications of the Lord's Supper

Some Theological Implications of the Lord's Supper

BY DR. STU PARSONS: I sometimes tell my classes about some of the theological implications of the Lord’s Supper. These are actually very much a blessing to me on a weekly basis, since I am blessed to be a member of a church that celebrates the Supper weekly. As I wait in line to eat and drink the elements, I pray to our Father, thanking Him for His grace poured out for us 2000 years ago when He gave…

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Your Selfie Stick Can't Do That

Your Selfie Stick Can't Do That

BY TIM BETTELLI: A couple weeks ago, my wife bought me a selfie stick. I have seen people use these things everywhere they go. From one perspective it seems like a really useful tool, especially when you don't have anyone to take a picture for you. On the other hand it also seems weird to me. I feel like it's kind of strange because the whole point of a selfie stick is to take pictures of yourself. I…

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Contentment in the Wrong Context

Contentment in the Wrong Context

BY STEPHEN SMAROWSKY: This year, on Christmas morning, my daughter said something that made me reflect on an important reality particularly for me and in general for all Christians. After opening gifts for about 15 minutes my wife and I hit the pause button on our morning gift exchange in order to get some breakfast going. Once we returned to the living room I told both of our kids that another gift…

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