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Falling for Cheap Joy

Too often we fall for cheap joy. It's a substitute for the longing of real desires deep within us, and we allow it to be temporarily satisfied by a deficient substitute. Cheap joy often comes wrapped with a bow during the Christmas season. It's the flashing of the Christmas lights, the poorly made Christmas movies, and the once-a-year sales you can't find in any other time...

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Hope is Greater Than Suffering

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, ...

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Visionary Dads: Men, What Is Your Vision For Your Family?

"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives…"...

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Theology & Racism: A Christian Perspective

Growing up in Georgia as a kid, I saw various forms of racism first hand. For example, my grandmother (who was born and raised in Alabama during the Great Depression and beyond) with nearly a native tongue would refer to African Americans… as you may expect. Much of that generic cultural racism lingered around the South, and yes, most of it was with the white popula...

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The young, no-so-ancient question: Does God really exist?

Every summer I aim to pursue some new area of study that I have not formerly explored before. I enjoy learning new things, and it’s kind of a hobby of mine. So currently I am exploring the Age of Enlightenment, that one century of history that radically changed the western world forever. This is no place to begin some footnote-ridden blog post about Rosseau or Volta...

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Cross (Lent Devotions)

This morning I watched Johnny Cash’s last music video of his career. It was a cover of a Nine Inch Nail’s song called “Hurt.” The video itself is one of the most powerful music videos you can find. As an old man, and after the death of his wife, the song became a ballad of a life full of pain and regret. Flashes of Jesus and His Passion appears on t...

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Give Thanks for the Little Things: Thoughts from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is an excerpt from Bonhoeffer's book, "Life Together." I haven't read anything outside of Scripture so profound in quite a while. I pray that you will be as enriched as I was upoon reading these words, and that we all can learn to give thanks for the little things in life. "In the Christian community, thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian lif...

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Why America Still Need the Church

The Church is a Kingdom within the world. It’s King is Christ, his subjects are Christians. Before any other worldly powers, our allegiance is to Christ, our King. Because this is true, we also submit to our authorities today. The Scripture is clear - these authorities are in place due to God’s doing. To not submit to them would be to be in direct disobedience ...

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Finding the Love of God in the Desert

"The love of God is better than life at it's best." - Charles Spurgeon   In Psalm 63, David writes - "O God, you are my God.  Earnestly I seek you.  My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.... because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you" (63:1,3)When David wrote t...

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Growing in Christ: Proof that He's our Daddy

Part 3 - Christian growth is proof that God’s our Daddy “… but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15b In part one of this series, we learned that if you are a Christian, it is expected that you are living a life led by the Holy Spirit. Part two taught us that because we are sons of God...

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Adopted into the Family of God, Pt. III - The Christian is Fearless

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear” - Romans 8:15a The problem with children is that ALL of them have a natural knack for sinning. We as parents have to teach and train them on what is right and how to do right, since they have the doing wrong thing down so well without our instruction. So my son, who is now four, has been di...

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Adopted into the Family God, Part II - Being Spirit Led

Part 1: Led by the Spirit 

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 For Paul, there are certain “impossibilities” for those who are adopted into the Family of God through Christ. For these who are saved by Christ, things like adultery and murder have no place in their redeemed life (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)....

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Adopted into the Family of God - Now What? Pt. 1

MORE THAN JUST SHARING A NAME. My wife and I have three kids of our own, and currently we have a foster child. To be a part of our family is much more than just sharing a last name. We treat our foster child the same way we treat our own children. He gets no different treatment. And in saying that, we have certain expectations for our children just like any other parent d...

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Lecrae - Hope In a Depressing Musical Age

As a Christian I am always on the lookout for artists who are actually artists, whether they are Christian or not. Music is a love of mine, and art the same. I love when I see the two blend together, because today they often do not. Art is a way to add to the “discussion.” What I mean by “discussion” is the dialogue found in current cultural trends...

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Christian Liberty, Part 4: Religion & Politics

Christian Libery, Part 4: Religion & Politics in a Post-Christian America - by Daniel Nelms As we have been saying during this series of blogs, you may or may not agree with what is presented here. Dialogue is encouraged. I have grown a passion for politics. During the last presidential election I found myself glued to my computer during the state caucuses. Love him ...

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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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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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Through Jesus, we can enjoy our average lives today....

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A Call to a Deeper Christian Life: Part II - Don't let your senses be your Master

A simple examination of our culture today will tell you that our senses are being seduced and courted.  Apples are waxed and glossed before they hit the shelf.  Cheddar often is a very bright and an appealing orange (due to dye).  Clothing lines hire the most beautiful people to display their products (even Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO was recently accused ...

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A Call to a Deeper Christian Life - Part 1: The Christian Life Requires Deep Thinking

A Call to a Deeper Christian Life Part 1 - The Christian Life Requires Deep Thinking At my other job, there is a TV next to me that plays today’s top hits in pop/rock. The music isn’t bad, per say, but in all of the songs, there is very little depth to the lyrics. Currently the top ten on the billboard charts within the pop genre, nine out of ten songs are ab...

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How bad do you want Jesus?

This is the story of the paralytic who would stop at nothing to get to Jesus - even if it meant breaking through a roof to get to him. Found in Mark 2:1-12....

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Finding True Reverence

My story of how I re-discovered true reverence in a culture where it is almost absent, and how ultimately I found it in seeing who Jesus Christ really was. ...

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The Gospel According to ShopRite

In this entry, Pastor Dan looks at the question, "What is the Good Life?" Make no mistake about it, marketers are trying to shape your concept of "the good life", and they are doing so with a precise intentionality. But is it really producing the good life that they are promising? ...

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