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A Veil of Darkness

            In 1738, Charles Wesley wrote a hymn called And Can It Be? and penned these words that describe the natural state of the human heart and what it takes to change it: Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound…

Discipling the Next Generation

            Dear church, it has been one of my greatest joys to teach and disciple our youth for almost seven years now, and I want to thank you for all the prayer and practical support you have invested in the…

HIGHER STANDARDS

The world has mauled biblical standards. In my time through high school, hardly anyone I met wanted a mature partner or a godly relationship; I’ve seen many seek the opposite (and with much desperation). I’ve seen relationships that were terribly…

Defining Moments: Contentment

            Contentment is quite an elusive commodity, but it’s something we’re called to cultivate in our lives as Christians. In his excellent book called The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs provides a helpful definition. He says, “Christian contentment…

“THANKFULNESS”

One day that fall of 1621 near Plymouth Rock, four Puritan settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag Indian Tribe heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing…

“Toying with the Truth”

Crawford H. Toy (1836-1919) was a promising phenom in Southern Baptist life. He was a gifted teacher with a bright future in training the next generation for ministry. He spent a decade teaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary alongside…

“The Mystery of Godliness”

“Beyond question, great is the mystery of godliness…” 1 Timothy 3:16 “Jesus sits in no second place among teachers. Paul mentions what the mystery of godliness is, and declares that it concerns the manifestation of God in human, flesh, that He…