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Watch Out for the Wolves

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Culture

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, ...

Comfort of Consistency

Author: Matt Tonne

There is a genuine and good sense in which we love change. When the year’s first warm day breaks through a cold winter morning, we get a bounce in our step and our mood ranges from slightly happy to sheer euphoria. A similar feeling happens at the birth of a child, a new job and other big life changes.

Gospel Freedom

Author: Trevor JoyCategory: General, Culture

I recently read a story in my devotional that painted a fascinating picture of freedom. The story was about Abraham Lincoln visiting a slave auction. Upon arriving, Lincoln saw a young black girl up on the block. Moved with compassion, he placed a bid and won her. After purchasing her, Lincoln told the young disbelieving girl that she was free.

Decisions and Faithfulness

Author: John WarrenCategory: General

If you are anything like me, you struggle with decision making. I’m not talking about where to eat dinner or what movie to watch. Rather, my difficulty comes when trying to make the big decisions. When attempting to discern between opportunities and options of a more important nature, I often drift between making decisions too quickly, under the guise of “just do something and it will be ...

Knowing God

Author: Jim SpoontsCategory: General

“Is it possible for a seminary student to not know God?” asked the bright young man with tired eyes. Yes, it’s possible. And not just for seminary students, it’s possible for anyone. It’s not a matter of knowing about God – but a matter of knowing God. The apostle Paul knew a lot about God from his studies (as he testified to the Galatians). But he still didn’t know God until he ...

Relational Evangelism

Author: Jason HollemanCategory: General

I don’t know about you, but I have always struggled with evangelism. It’s not that I don’t know what to say, because I know the truth: All have sinned and are in need of provision before a Holy God, and the death of Jesus paid the price for sin and provided the provision. The content, for me, is the easy part. I just haven’t known how to get to the place where a poignant conversation ...

What Makes a Movie Excellent?

Author: David RoarkCategory: General, Culture

Nearly 40 million people watched the Oscars a few weeks ago. Whether for the celebrities or a pure love of cinema, we find ourselves drawn to this event year after year. The funny part is that most people haven’t seen half the movies nominated, and we rarely agree with the outcome. In spite of being entertained, many of us think, “What makes a movie worthy of an Academy Award?” or “What ...

The Passover Lamb

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Culture, Theology

The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, He broke it and said something none of His disciples expected. In order to appreciate the unexpected, we need to know what the disciples expected. The Passover. The Last Supper was not an ordinary meal. It was a meal of remembrance known as the Passover, celebrated each year (Exod. 12:1–51, Matt. ...

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