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As you browse, read and share the many articles, our hope is that you may find this site an encouragement to your faith and Christian life.

Worship

We were created to worship. And we are to worship God with every aspect and area of our lives - presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

The Church

The bride of Christ can often times be difficult and messy - but it is Christ's beautiful mess - to which He is the head and chief cornerstone.

Ancient Future

Our faith comes out from a rich heritage and history. It was during the formative years of our faith that creeds, confessions, traditions, and liturgies were developed. These practices and traditions recaptured will not only anchor us but move us forward in our faith.

Freedom

There is freedom in the gospel as it proclaims that in Christ we are sons and daughters of the King. The importance is learning to preach those truths to our heart and life everyday.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Deep Humility And Deep Confidence


The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to died for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.

— Tim Keller, The Reason For God,181

(ht: First Importance)

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Passion Week - Infographic

The Passion Week, is a chronological timeline of the major events that happened during Jesus’ last week before he died and rose again. Each event is cross-referenced with the gospel(s) it is found in. Also included are major location changes as well as the relative possible timing of the Last Supper, Trial and Crucifixion.  (click here to get downloads of light and poster sized downloads)


(ht: Josh Byers)

Live In The Bible


Visit many good books, but live in the Bible - Spurgeon

Monday, March 04, 2013

What The Gospel Is NOT

The gospel is not that Jesus Christ comes to earth, tells us how to live, we live a good life, and then God owes us blessing. The gospel is that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died.
- Tim Keller

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Preacher's Daughters


I am in ministry...and I have daughters...so this show peaked my interest. I always knew that PKs (Preacher's Kids) often had the most challenging experiences growing up - living in a fish bowl, always under scrutiny..feeling judged...and the challenge of making their parent's faith their own.  Yet as I watch this, I wonder where is the gospel?   Certainly I know this show is a caricature but watching this show's preview makes me ask, are we just asking from our kids external conformity at the expense of heart transformation?


(ht: Lifetime)

Prayer Mirrors The Gospel


“The gospel, God’s free gift of grace in Jesus, only works when we realize we don’t have it all together. The same is true for prayer. The very thing we are allergic to—our helplessness—is what makes prayer work. It works because we are helpless. We can’t do life on our own.

Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father takes us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of help. We look at the inadequacy of our praying and give up, thinking something is wrong with us. God looks as the adequacy of his Son and delights in our sloppy, meandering prayers.”

— Paul Miller, A Praying Life