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Blessing the Lord at All Times (Psalm 34)


In Psalm 34, David appears to be full of joy and gladness as he calls out to the Lord singing: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me...

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Believer's Baptism - Vital for Church Purity Today and Tomorrow


Luke records these words in Acts 2:44, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common” (ESV). One of the characteristics of the early church was that they enjoined church purity. It was a church composed of those who “had all things in common,” in other words, they were all believers. ...

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The Sending of the Holy Spirit


When Jesus went to the cross, one of His main responsibilities was to let His disciples know that though He would be leaving, they would not be left on their own. ...

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The Amazing News Entrusted to the Shepherds

One of the mysteries of the Scriptures is the visitors that came to the manger. The Bible tells us in Luke 2 that near to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, there were shepherds in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. We have no information regarding their understanding or even their knowledge of a coming Messiah. That they were close to Bethlehem, which lie...

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The Joy of Being a Dad

Two of the greatest joys of my life have been having a Dad and being a Dad. There is little more gratifying than to be able to enjoy close loving relationships right in our own homes. There is such joy in providing for, caring for, and loving those whom the Lord gave us to guide and direct. ...

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To Worship a King

I always wondered as a kid why the retail manger scenes included the wise men at the nativity event. Scripture is clear that after the birth of Christ the wise men saw the star, and when they came to see the ‘young child’ at the house, Jesus was likely around two years old...

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Starting to Look the Same

Sometimes when a couple has been married a long time, someone might make the comment, “They are starting to look more and more like each other.” We certainly see that among families. Obviously there are often outward physical features that make brothers and sisters look very similar. But there are also other features that are learned growing up as many times siblings, ...

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Where the Story Begins

The story of Jesus does not begin in the book of Matthew, but begins in the Old Testament. Understanding that Jesus was not only God, but a real man, in fact a real Jew. This reveals the truth that through Israel, and ultimately through Christ, the world is blessed through one nation, through Abraham, and through the kingly line of David....

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The Truth of God

One of the greatest attacks today both inside and outside the church is the truthfulness of Scripture. There has been an increasing question placed upon its inerrancy. “The inerrancy of Scripture means that scripture in its original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact” (Grudem, Systematic Theology 90). This ties in with our AGC doctri...

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A Disciple of Christ

In Matthew 4, when Jesus began His ministry, He preached a message of "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." There was a great urgency to His words, words that would bring great regret if they were ignored. Seeing Peter and Andrew......

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