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Do you have an expectation of awe?

What are you expecting to get out of church? Do you have an expectation? When you show up, or even before you show up, is there an anticipation in your heart? In today's entry, we are going to look at the biblical topics of experience and awe in worship of our Creator and Savior. ...

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What makes a sermon a "Christian Sermon"?

If you walk into various houses of worship of different faiths, there will be a lot of things that are different, but there are some things that will be similar. There will more than likely be some sort of clergy preaching out of a holy book, telling people to do right and not do wrong and calling people to a deeper commitment in their faith and a responsibility to do rig...

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Why "Taking the sermon with you through the week" can be condemning

How many times have you been asked if you are "Taking the Sermon with you throughout the week?" Or, "Is what you heard on Sunday still effecting you by Monday?" I am sure that it is well meaning, and depending on the content of the sermon, it is not an altogether bad question, but in this entry we look at how that question can be fueled more by condemnation than the Gosp...

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The Drug/Suicide Epidemic - The Question No One is Asking

If you live in Ocean/Monmouth counties, you know about the drug and suicide epidemic. And it is mostly occurring to those in my generation. It is utterly devastating, and we have seen entire communities around here come together to try and find answers. People have traveled here from around the country to report and study the issue, also seeking answers. Everyone seems to...

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Is it ever a win when churches die? Part 4

This is the final blog in a 4 part series about the death of churches in our local community. In this entry we are going to look at why up and coming church plants and established churches both need each other for the good of the Gospel in a community. ...

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Is it ever a win when churches die- Part 3

So far as we have examined the question "Is it ever a win when churches die" we have looked at the responsibility of the liberal church that has abandoned the Gospel and the evangelical but dying church that is resistant to change and reaching emerging generations. In this entry we are going to examine our own camp and take a look at the neo-Reformed church planting movem...

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Idols of Heart, Pt. III - The Good Idols

The conversation concerning idolatry can get tricky when your idols are seemingly good things, like your children or a good meal. They may be good desires, like wanting to further your education or get that promotion at work so you can provide better for your family. They may take the form of good things like wanting to keep a clean house or reading books to expand your mi...

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Is It Ever a Win For The Kingdom When Churches Die? Part I

Unfortunately, here in the North East, many churches with long and faithful legacies are losing the war of attrition. We want to examine, from Scripture, whether this is ever a good thing ...

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Is It Ever a Win For The Kingdom When Churches Die? Part II

This time, we are going to look a little bit more at churches within our own "camp" and try to ask the same question. ...

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Idols of the Heart, Pt. II - Who Let the Bear In?

The throne of your heart isn't made for anyone else. So why let them in?...

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Idols of the Heart, Pt. I - Why are you (not) downcast, O my soul?

There has been a struggle in my own heart for quite a while now, and it’s one that I’m still learning how to verbalize. It’s a struggle internally. I read the Bible, and see verses that call me to be a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1), and multitude of other Scriptures that speak of a life completely and utterly given...

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