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Blinded by Love

If you want to know why you do the things you do, ask yourself the question, "What do I love?" Human beings are fundamentally creatures who are driven by various loves and desires. These loves and desires provide striking insight into why we do the things we do.In Community Bible Study this week, we looked at Acts 13:4-12. As Barnabas and Saul are sharing the gospel in Pap...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Gospel-Centered Church?

I often talk about being a "gospel-centered" church. What exactly do I mean by that? Being gospel-centered doesn't just mean that the church affirms a written doctrinal statement that's consistent with the gospel. It means that the gospel message of who Jesus is and what he's done to save us is the functional center of church life. The church should have a deep and abidi...

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Heroin and Jesus

I recently attended a Community Block Watch meeting in which a plainclothes narcotics detective gave a very interesting presentation on a variety of different topics related to drug abuse and law enforcement. One of the drugs he talked about was heroin since this is a particular problem in Western Pennsylvania. He cited a number of statistics in order to make the point tha...

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God's Power to Accomplish His Will (Ezra 1:1-11)

One thing I appreciate about God is that he's not bound by human constraints or limited by the human realm of possibilities. He can do whatever he wants, wherever he wants, and however he wants to do it. Case in point: Ezra chapter 1. This passage deals with a period of time when the nation of Israel was in captivity because of their disobedience to God. Since they didn't...

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The Supernatural Phenomenon of Christian Community

I recently traveled to Delaware Valley Baptist Church in New Jersey for the 44th annual meeting of the Baptist Resource Network. This is a meeting in which representatives from various churches across Pennsylvania and South Jersey gather together to make plans for joining forces and partnering together to reach out both locally and globally. The part of the meeting that m...

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