a word from the pastor

Closing the Door to Satan

C.S. Lewis wrote: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” In an age that mocks anything spiritual, it would be easy to fall i...
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Be Famous in Your World

Each year, in their last publication, World Magazine list the deaths of famous people in the past year. In 2019, World listed 153 people who, for various reasons, left their mark on this world. Going through the list, I counted about 40 names with which I was familiar. Pondering the inevitable fa...
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Ashamed of Jesus?

It’s Missions Emphasis month at Faith Family Church; a time when we purposely emphasize our obligation to worldwide evangelization. It’s not just about supporting those who take the gospel to other countries, but also about our responsibility to be witnesses for Christ. The Bible is clear that al...
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Faith and Failure

“Miserable successes” have become an American proverb. The world proclaims a gospel of success that falsely claims moving up the ladder is the way to be happy in this world. Nevertheless, the wealthy often have more trouble sleeping than the homeless person wrapped in newspaper on skid row. Power...
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The Pursuit of Sexual Purity

Last Sunday, I began preaching a brief series entitled Training for Godliness, which is based on Paul’s exhortation in 1 Timothy 4:7 to “train yourself for godliness.” The first message was a simple verse-by-verse exposition of 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, where the Apostle Paul reminds Christians of t...
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How’s Your Lust Life?

Not long ago, a prominent college football coach tweeted a quote in the morning: “Look not back on yesterday—so full of failure & regret; Look ahead & seek God’s way—all sin confessed u must forget.” Later that same day, according to The Wall Street Journal, the coach flew to Tampa as...
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The “S” Word

In describing his church, a dear friend of mine made a very interesting comment. He said, “The only problem is we never hear about sin.” Sin is being censored out of our culture, and it’s being censored out of our churches. Things once thought sinful are now accepted as normal. We no longer know ...
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Rethinking Retirement

I once heard that there are four stages of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and “you’re looking good.” It was funny until I found myself on the receiving end of that final compliment. I turned 65 this year, and when I registered for Medicare my daughter announced, “You’re officially old!”...
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The Three Tests of Unrighteous Anger

We live in an age of rage, and nowhere is this more evident than on our nation’s highways. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic fatalities from “road rage” is more than twice that of drunk driving. In 2014, over 21,000 people d...
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The “Misplaced Adventure” of John Allen Chau

American John Allen Chau, 27, was killed on November 17 in his attempt to take the gospel to a small and remote tribe of people living on one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Both The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times quoted Indian police chief Dependra Pathak as saying the d...
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