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Five Ways To Know You’ve Finished 1 Peter

By admin / May 18, 2018 /

This time of year is good for finishing things up. The school year gets wrapped up. College finals are in the books. Spring is finishing up. Mother’s Day… check. Prom… done. Yard fertilized… yup. See what I mean? TV shows are closing out their season with big finales. I can’t wait to see the one-hour “The Middle” series ender next week. Will Sue Sue Heck ever get together with Sean? It’s gonna be a big finish. This Sunday we finish…

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Why Care?

By admin / May 11, 2018 /

I can remember mom holding down the fort after dad left. Mom, Greg, Lynn, and I moved into a two-bedroom apartment. Mom went to work as a bank teller. She hadn’t held down a job outside the home in the previous twenty-four years. Mom kept us going. Mom kept us in school, church, and engaged in life to keep us from falling off the edge. Greg was nineteen and ready to move out on his own. Lynn was navigating the…

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By admin / May 4, 2018 /

On Thursday morning, the annual Cobb County Prayer Breakfast was held to participate in our National Day of Prayer. The focus of this morning’s prayer time was our armed forces. A Rear Admiral spoke and gave stirring details of the commitment that so many young men and women make on a regular basis to afford us the freedom to pray. The staunch, stern admiral melted as he gave emotionally charged details of visiting injured soldiers he had ordered forward. The…

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Five Ways To Prepare For Spring

By admin / April 20, 2018 /

My wife has flower bulbs buried all over our yard like treasures begging to be found. The bulbs grow beneath the ground until Spring’s warmth and showers beckon their flowery heads to burst to life. You can bank on it. THEREFORE… my wife prepares for it. How does she prepare? Here are five preparations Sherry makes for welcoming her beloved blossoms. 1. Exercise patience during the cold months. 2. Be relentless with weed extraction. 3. Use fertilizer and soil nutrients…

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Six Ideas to Breathe Life into Your Marriage

By admin / April 13, 2018 /

Does the name “Francine Rivers” mean anything to you? If you’re a female, there’s a higher likelihood you would recognize the name. If you’re a guy, Sports Center has probably kept you at a safe distance from knowing anything about Francine. Mrs. Rivers lives with her husband in Northern California and writes books for a living. She writes lots of books. Thick books. These are books with covers not enticing to the macho male mind. For years, Sherry read Francine…

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Five Signs You Are Freed To Be A Servant

By Justin Powell / April 6, 2018 /

A lot is going on.  Much of the stuff is prioritized by the news media outlets we soak in. There’s a boatload to maneuver with politics.    There’s probably a lot coming at you with your job. When you factor in your marriage, the kids, finances, health, sports, entertainment, mortgage & car payments, and church—you’ve got a few plates to spin.  Just about the time all plates are whirling, one will begin to lean, and another will wobble. It’s never-ending,…

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Four Things To Remember This Easter

By admin / March 30, 2018 /

I loved what Murray Tilles told us last weekend. “Jesus never celebrated Christmas or Easter.” That sentiment brought a slight smile to many of our faces. The question though is this: Why do we? Why do we celebrate Christmas and Easter? The best answer is to remember. The ancient Passover feast was a creative, God-ordained way to story-tell, ask questions, and remember God’s redemption. Interestingly, as we try to remember, our culture insulates our souls with lights, candy, reindeer, and…

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Gushing or Crushing?

By admin / February 9, 2018 /

In an article called “Don’t Waste a Crisis” for the Leadership Journal,1 John Ortberg provides the following illustration: “Imagine you’re handed a script of your newborn child’s entire life. Better yet, you’re given an eraser and five minutes to edit out whatever you want. You read that she will have a learning disability in grade school. Reading, which comes easily for some kids, will be laborious for her. In high school, she will make a great circle of friends, then…

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By admin / February 2, 2018 /

I like reading the words of Paul in the New Testament. He’s challenging. His theology is thick and meaty. His letter to the Romans is a jewel to be treasured. In fact, many scholars believe if you can master the book of Romans, you can own the theology in the entire New Testament. Paul was a scholar’s scholar. He was a cultural icon. Paul had status, money, and the admiration of many. He had obtained a high level of achievement…

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By admin / January 5, 2018 /

You can’t be a disciple with information only, and you can’t know what living is without mission. Another Bible study, sermon, or check mark on your daily reading plan will not magically turn you into a disciple of Jesus. Remember, by definition; a serious disciple must make disciples. As much as people try, or believe in a tipping point of information to transform them into a disciple, it fails as a serious disciple-making strategy. What’s needed is formation as much…

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