3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Shy Away from Theology

Many modern believers seem allergic to words like “theology” and “doctrine.”  Buying into misguided notions from popular culture, they assume that learning isn’t an important part of their spiritual journey.  It’s ironic that an increase in knowledge in science and other disciplines has been accompanied by a deemphasis on knowledge by many evangelic Christians.  I’ll never forget an occasion on which a mother chastised me for allowing our youth pastor to teach on the book of Genesis.  She reasoned that such material was too deep for kids.  It seemed strange that she wanted her son to be enroll...
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Road to Calvary

A Journey of Grace and Resurrection - Jesus Saves! What an incredible biblical truth! Once again, the message of the gospel will boldly be presented on Easter Sunday, April 1st. The Celebration Choir will sing with books and present selections from a DVD accompanied musical entitled, “Road to Calvary,” followed by Pastor Patrick delivering a gospel centered Easter message. Resurrection Sunday is the celebration of the glorious truth that Jesus Christ arose from the dead! This is Christianity’s most important holiday. As Christians, we walk by faith, trusting and accepting that Jesus died on th...
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3 More Reasons We Hold on to Sin

Sin is anything we say, think, or do which displeases God.  Though we are positionally cleansed of all sin at salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11), we will practically battle with it until the day we die.  James’ concurred that “we all stumble in many ways” (James 3:1).  John taught that if we deny we still struggle with sin, “we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).  Struggles with bad attitudes, temptation to elicit indulgence, and promptings to harsh words will stay with us until Christ returns.  Because of this, we must be on guard.  Furthermore, we must be ready to ...
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CrossTimbers

Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for camps. One of the camps that we get to go to is CrossTimbers Children’s Missions Adventure Camp. CrossTimbers exists to support local church efforts to reach lost children in their communities and to raise up a generation of kids with an authentic walk with God who actively serve others with missional living.This camp is for our children who have completed the third, fourth, and fifth grade. We will be going the week of June 19-22. The camp is designed to offer four days of intentional spiritual investment in a child’s life: evangelism, instru...
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3 Reasons We Hold On to Sin

When my children were toddlers, each had a favorite stuffed animal.  They took them everywhere.  We had to make rules that doggies and dolls weren’t allowed at dinner, and they couldn’t be taken into stores.  Mommy said the kids couldn’t hold them at supper, because that required too many washings.  They couldn’t take them to stores, because they would inevitably be left behind.  I’ll never forget the time my youngest left his favorite animal in a shop 40 miles from home.  He was inconsolable!  Children love their dolls because they provide a source of comfort and security.  It’s hard to get t...
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Senior Adult Winter Banquet

Our Senior Adults will enjoy a fun night of feasting and fellowship on Thursday, February 15 at our Senior Adult Winter Banquet to be held in the Fellowship Hall.  Our dinner will be prepared “in house” by our excellent cook, Billie and her helpers.  No tickets will be sold in advance this year.  The cost of the banquet will be offset by a free will donation basket. Our Winter Banquet will highlight the musical talent of our very own LilliAnn Eckhoff.  Also, our guest accompanist Cleta Davis, will bless us at the piano.Our Senior Adult Ministry is typically made up of adults 55 years or older...
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3 Forms of Discipline in the Christian Life

Discipline is a word which isn’t too popular in modern Christianity.  In fear of legalism, some espouse a free-wheeling spirituality which is devoid of such concepts.  God would never forcefully correct any of His children, and He surely wouldn’t enact any tough requirements, the thinking goes.  The common view of God is in alignment with the current parenting philosophy.  Modern parents prefer a buddy approach to parental issues.  They rarely erect standards, and they are slow to speak out against selfish behavior.  Such parents approach God the way they approach parenting.  They view Him as ...
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When People Are Big

The fear of man seems to be the besetting sin of modern Christianity.  Many of us are tempted to live for the applause of others.  Such people-pleasing is a sin which often gets a free pass, because it isn’t as noticeable as other sins.  But it has disastrous consequences nonetheless.  It creates disharmony in churches, frustration in marriages, and confusion in homes.  Worst of all, it leaves the struggling soul with a nagging emptiness.  Scripture says, “The fear of mankind is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected” (Proverbs 29:25). We all struggle with people-pleasing to ...
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4 Evidences of Salvation

Assurance of salvation is an issue with which many believers struggle.  From time to time, the child of God doesn’t feel as if he or she is saved.  The Devil deals in doubt (Genesis 3:1), and he desires to keep God’s people from spiritual certainty.  I can remember having struggles with assurance as a young believer.  I attended a small church, and there was a godly man who mentored me.  I recall a Sunday evening service in which I was weighed down with guilt and confusion.  He encouraged me to trust Christ.  He read 1 John 5:13.  It says, “I have written these things to you who believe in the...
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