a word from the pastor

A Spontaneous Faith

A lot of people think structure and spontaneity are incompatible, but I disagree. Let me make a confession that will explain what I mean: For over three years I have been using the same Bible reading schedule. Each morning I read the assigned chapters and dutifully check off that day on the sched...
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Living as Pilgrims

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11) One of the great needs of our day is for Christian men to live as pilgrims. The familiar chorus reminds us, “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing th...
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Deconstruction vs. Discipleship

“Deconstruction” has become a prevalent word in evangelical circles. As of February, there were almost 300,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag “#deconstruction”—many of them referring to the Christian faith. However, the term “deconstruction” has such a wide range of meanings, it must be underst...
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Pray for Your Brothers and Sisters in Afghanistan

Afghanistan now lies in the hands of the Taliban, radical Islamists that threaten the lives of thousands of our brothers and sisters in Christ. In a recent report from CBN several cities with many Christians are surrounded with no way of escape. One anonymous Afghan church leader said that known ...
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Lost in Patterson

Years ago, our family was driving down the Garden State Parkway when we decided to get off and find a place to grab a bite. We ended up lost in a seedy neighborhood in the middle of Patterson, New Jersey. We were completely unaware of Patterson’s reputation for crime and violence. Just moments af...
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Revive Us Again

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6 I’m finishing the first volume of Dallimore’s two-volume biograph of George Whitfield. I’ve always enjoyed reading the stories of those whose lives had significant historical impact on the culture of their time. ...
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Discipleship: The Distinctive Christian Identity

Have you ever considered how much non-Christian activity goes on in the name of Christianity? For example, go to the YMCA (Young Men’s “Christian” Association) website and try to find anything pertaining to Jesus’ gospel. There are even cults that operate under the Christian label. Furthermore, c...
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Is God Pleased with You?

Enoch is one of two men in the Bible who never actually died. Both he and Elijah were taken up into heaven by God and, as such, represent those who will be alive at Christ’s return and “caught up to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17) Enoch is also one of two men in the Bible of w...
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Are you a student of the Bible?

I recently came across a quote by atheist Andrew Seidel of the Freedom from Religion Foundation that is highly typical of secularism’s attitude toward the Bible. He said: “The road to atheism is littered with Bibles that have been read from cover to cover.” Obviously, the Bible’s message “did the...
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Know Thyself: A Meditation

According to the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living,” and therefore, “know thyself.” Nineteen centuries later, John Calvin expanded on this thought, teaching that a proper knowledge of self cannot be separated from a knowledge of God. He said, “Nearly all...
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