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The Gospel and Race: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

If you watch the news or engage any areas of social media or just look around, it is clear that there are areas of racial tension and injustice in this nation and many of these issues have been polarizing in the church rather than bringing unity. It is nearly impossible to engage the topic without offending someone who sees things differently. It is further complicated b...

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Christian Freedom and the American Dream: You are free to be content with less!

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Recently on a NPR special, they were taking calls concerning the realization that the “American Dream” isn’t as readily available for my generation (those born in the 1980s to now) as in past generations. It’s too expensive, good paying jobs are harder to come by, and college is becoming essentially unaffordable for the average American. The question posed was this...

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On Good Friday, the Temple was Destroyed.

“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” - Matthew 27:40 Little did they realize that in a few short hours, he would indeed destroy the Temple by disabling it’s purpose. Due to the power of sin, God was present but removed physically from his people in his dwellin...

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Why I love teaching about Jesus from the Old Testament

This year, we did something a little bit different and we did a series called "Christmas in Genesis". Entering the series, we wondered if we would have enough to do a whole series on just the Christmas related material in Genesis. Finishing the series makes me wish we had another month because there is so much more Treasure to dig for ...

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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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Forgiveness in the Book of Philemon

This is the latest addition to our Pastor's and Leadership Institute Blog from Andrew Roberts, a newly saved brother who God has radically grabbed ahold of and who joined PLI to grow in the Word and to grow in his ability to share God's Word and His Good News to those who are in need of the Gospel. This entry is a practice of our bible interpretation skills that they are ...

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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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The Ancient Roots of Thanksgiving

Did you know the regular practice of enjoying a big meal once a year vastly precedes 1621? In fact, we can find it being practiced nearly 3,000 years ago in Scripture, and many people think this ancient biblical holiday is what originally influenced the first Thanksgiving meal that took place on our soil in the 1600’s.
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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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The Next Guy on Line

I recently posed a question to the small group I lead- what would Jesus do with all of the sick people in our church if He were here right now? As you search the Scriptures, the answer might surprise you. ...

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