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3 Truths from Philippians 1 Philippians 1:3-6 says “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I often use this passage just before my signature to close e-mails or letters. It reminds me of three important truths in the Christian life: 1) An attitude of gratitude is essential for Christian joy. Being genuinely thankful is the mark of a healthy believer and transcends our circumstance. Thankfulness...

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A Truth Worth Telling In popular culture, the approval of same sex marriage in particular and immoral expressions of human intimacy in general thunder about daily. Parents wonder what will become of their children in a world so hostile to a biblical understanding of right and wrong concerning relationships. How should belivers and the Church respond? Should we rage with righteous indignation or tremble in fear? Neither, we should respond like Christ with Love. Ephesians 4:15 says, “But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head–Christ.” It will not be popular in todays climate but churches, preachers, and all believers must...

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5 Suggestions for Reaching Men  Whole and healthy homes need godly fathers. Whole and healthy churches need godly men. The churches of Concord Baptist Association are blessed with many godly men–pastors and laymen. I want to encourage us to continue to reach men and disciple them to be godly leaders. It is one of the greatest needs in both our homes and churches. Below are five suggestions, that I already see in many of our churches, to accomplish this task. 1) Plan corporate worship services with men in mind. Think of a typical man in your church–let’s call him Bill. When you plan a worship service ask this question– How will Bill participate in...

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The Acts 4:20 Christian I talk a lot about churches and individuals having an Acts 1:8 strategy. By that I mean being intentional about your witness in each of the four Acts 1:8 fields. For a church or individual to develop their plan, they must first understand what it means to be witness. The Scripture gives a great example of what a witness is in Acts 4. Peter and John, on the way to the temple, encounter a lame beggar. They have no money to give him. However, they have something infinitely better—the power of Jesus’ name and the gospel. The man is miraculously healed inside and out! This causes a stir in the temple, and Peter and John are arrested. Standing...

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The Faithful Church Member What does it mean to be a Church Member? As a believer, you are a member of the Universal Church–that great cloud of witnesses made up of all believers, from all times, and all places. To be a spiritually healthy and growing believer, you must be a faithful member of a specific local church–a unique expression of the Universal Church. What does it mean to be a faithful member of a local church? The Bible says we are a part of the body of Christ and individually members of it (1 Cor. 12:27). That means we are alive in Christ and relate to one another based on our mutual relationship with Him. In Philippians 2:25 Paul speaking of...

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You Can’t Have the Good Without Understanding the Bad If you’re like me, you like to focus on the good news. In fact, if I’m really honest, sometimes I struggle with sharing bad news with people. However, it is often impossible to comprehend or rejoice in good news if you don’t understand the bad news. John 3:16 -18 is the GOOD NEWS– “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who...

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