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23Oct 2017

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 As a pastor, I believe that God has a special place in His heart for mothers. Rather than just drop the Son of God onto planet Earth via a parachute or by […]

22Oct 2017

Recently I led a small group study on other religions. During one week of the study, I gave an overview of Islam, and a friend was kind enough to loan me a copy of the Quran to review and use in our discussion. As she handed me the book, she said, “Be sure not to […]

20Oct 2017

We’re often asked how we name and theme message series with Dr. Merritt. At his church, it’s a team approach. The Pastor details where God is leading him to preach, often with specific passages and key sermon points given to the planning team. Then, it’s our job to wrap the message or series in a […]

20Oct 2017

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 Did you know that your mind is a vacuum? It is. It is a vacuum that you can fill with […]

19Oct 2017

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 Former President Woodrow Wilson once said, “He that will not command his thoughts will soon lose command of his actions.” There is an ongoing, invisible battle for the control of your mind. I hope you understand why you cannot afford to lose this battle. […]

18Oct 2017

When I accepted my very first pastorate, at the tender age of twenty-three, it didn’t take me long to understand the two words that are constantly on the mind of any pastor and that is, “Sunday’s coming.”  It didn’t take me long to learn that study (and a lot of it) was going to be […]

18Oct 2017

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we […]

17Oct 2017

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 There is an invisible war raging at all times. It is not primarily a physical battle, but a spiritual one. It is not even just a […]

16Oct 2017

In modern media-saturated culture, there’s a push from leading churches—especially larger churches—for a constant stream of teaching. Series follow series, with multiple emphases thrown in regarding various ministries for good measure. A few “attractional” sermons that draw a crowd, the in-depth series on a Bible book, the missions emphasis, family emphasis, practical series on finances, […]

16Oct 2017

“Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27 There is a worldwide epidemic that is destroying countless lives and families. The statistics are not pretty. Annually, pornography is a $97 billion global business. In the United […]