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Worker Spotlight: Kyamuhangawa Jalesi

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 27, 2020

Kyamuhangawa Jalesi is a native of Uganda. He is one of our farmworkers at the Rwenzori School of Preaching in Kasese. He works hard on the farm. In addition to […]

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School Report: Talawanda School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 20, 2020

Classes are once again in full swing at Talawanda, and the students are doing fine. We are in the second academic quarter of the second year for this first group […]

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School Report: Modelle School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 13, 2020

Classes continue as normal at Modelle. The students and faculty are paying careful attention to hygiene and health practices. The farm has yielded a nice harvest of Coco Yams, vegetables, […]

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School Update: Rwenzori School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 6, 2020

During the month of October, we were able to receive a concession from the local government, and as of October 26, the school at Rwenzori is once again open and […]

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Upcoming Dates

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 4, 2020

Gregg and I are excited to be able to finally return to the mission field in person. We are not exactly sure how travel will be changed as a result […]

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Counting For Christ

By Justin Hopkins | Oct 30, 2020

As the month of August arrived, I found a unique opportunity for evangelism: The United States Census. I had signed up to help count residents of Hill County where we […]

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Book Review: Church Reset: God’s Design for So Much More by Jack Wilkie

By Justin Hopkins | Oct 15, 2020

Published by Focus Press, Inc. (June 20, 2020) 141 pp. From focuspress.org: https://www.focuspress.org/churchreset Paperback $13.99 + shipping eBook $9.99 Audiobook $8.00 From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BKXHF3L Paperback $14.00 (Prime) eBook $9.99 Publisher […]

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Upcoming Dates?

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 15, 2020

As restrictions are beginning to ease somewhat, it appears that the current distress isn’t going away any time soon. This year’s calendar has not turned out to look anything like […]

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Rwenzori School of Preaching Update

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 18, 2020

The school in Uganda remains closed due to COVID-19 pending authorization from the government to reopen. There is still no word as to when that might happen. Even in the […]

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If You Know These Things

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 29, 2020

In washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus gave us a powerful example. This isn’t the idea that we should literally go around washing each other’s feet, but rather that […]

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If You Know These Things

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 29, 2020

In washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus gave us a powerful example. This isn’t the idea that we should literally go around washing each other’s feet, but rather that […]

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You Have No Part With Me

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 22, 2020

In the opening verses of John 13, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. When he comes to Peter, Peter declares, “You shall never wash my feet!” (v. 8). Jesus […]

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The Word I Have Spoken

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 8, 2020

John 12 brings an end to Jesus’ public ministry before His crucifixion. The last words of His teaching that John records are about the coming judgment. Jesus tells us that […]

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lest they should be put out

By Justin Hopkins | May 25, 2020

Perhaps even sadder than those who refused to consider the evidence for Christ, are those who Joh speaks of in the next verses. In John 12:42-43 we read of many […]

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Although He Had Done Many Signs

By Justin Hopkins | May 18, 2020

It is not uncommon to hear somebody say that if they received a sign from God they would believe, or maybe to wish for a sign from God telling them […]

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If I Am Lifted Up

By Justin Hopkins | May 4, 2020

In John chapter twelve Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, beginning the week that would end in His crucifixion. On that occasion, He declared, “if I am lifted up […]

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We Would See Jesus

We Would See Jesus

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 24, 2020

when we identify ourselves as Christians, those around us expect to see Jesus. They expect to see Him in our attitudes, our actions, our worship, and our teaching.

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Our Prayer For All

Our Prayer for All

By Derek Broome | Apr 15, 2020

In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 we are encouraged to have a specific kind of prayer life. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all […]

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You Always Have The Poor

You Always Have The Poor

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 10, 2020

In John chapter twelve Jesus began His last week on earth before the cross, a week commonly called the Passion Week. It was on the first day of this week […]

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I Know That You Always Hear Me

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 3, 2020

As Jesus prepared to raise Lazarus from the dead, He thanked God that He had been heard, even though He had not yet done anything (v. 41)! This is similar […]

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What Shall We Do?

What Shall We Do?

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 3, 2020

Jesus never promised that accepting His truth would come without cost or sacrifice. Sometimes it requires us to give up our place.

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Jesus Wept

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 19, 2020

Those are the words of the shortest verse in the English Bible, John 11:35. That verse is full of love and compassion. We see Jesus’ love for Martha and Mary. […]

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I Am The Resurrection

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 7, 2020

In John 11:25 we find the sixth of eight “I AM” statements of Jesus recorded by John. This one is full of hope! “I am the resurrection, and the life.” […]

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I Am The Good Shepherd

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 28, 2020

John 10:11 contains the fourth “I AM” of the Gospel of John. “I am the good shepherd.” Jesus paints a stark contrast between the good shepherd, who is the owner […]

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I Am The Door

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 14, 2020

In John 10:7 we find a third of the seven “I AM’s” of the book of John. Jesus is the door of the sheep. He is the only authorized path […]

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Are We Blind Also?

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 4, 2020

In the closing verses of John 9 Jesus says that He had come into the world that those who do not see might see, and so that those who do […]

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Use The Door

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 31, 2020

In John 10, as Jesus continues teaching the Pharisees, He gives the parable of the sheepfold. Here He says that those who enter in through some way other than the […]

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Because They Feared

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 7, 2020

In John 9, after the Pharisees learned about the healing of the blind man they called for the man’s parents. The Pharisees had made it known that they didn’t like […]

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Work While It Is Day

By Justin Hopkins | Dec 19, 2019

As Jesus and His disciples were discussing hawaii of the man who was simply born blind, He makes a fascinating statement. “I have to work the functions of Him who […]

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By Justin Hopkins | Dec 6, 2019

In John 9:6ff, Jesus healed the eyesight of the person who was simply born blind. This is an excellent gift indeed! It had been a notable miracle, the fame which […]

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My Sincerest Apology

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 10, 2019

Over the years I have met many souls who have quit church. Their reasons for doing so are varied, but a common theme is that in some way they have […]

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It’s Been A Busy Summer

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 7, 2019

I hope and trust that this quick email finds you all doing well and in good health as your soul prospers. I want to apologize for not sending out an […]

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Worker Spotlight: Kitalibara Joseph

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 20, 2019

Joseph is one of the instructors at Rwenzori School of Preaching in Kasese, Uganda. He spends a great deal of time teaching our students as well as helping with the […]

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Gasper teaching Hermeneutics to our six full-time students at Talawanda.

Talawanda School of Preaching June 2019

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 13, 2019

The school at Talawanda has six full-time students, three of which are married. The wives are there at the school with their husbands in family housing. New requests to study […]

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If Any Man Will Do His Will

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 7, 2019

In John 7, Jesus stood in the Temple teaching those that were there. Jews began questioning how He could teach since He had not been formally trained as a Rabbi. […]

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Eti Paul and Family

Modelle School of Preaching June 2019

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 6, 2019

The faculty has been planting more food crops on the school farm, including coco yams, yams and cassava. They are also setting aside a portion of the farm to grow […]

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Joseph at Nyamwambe

Rwenzori School of Preaching June 2019

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 30, 2019

The month of June was en exciting month for the work in Kasese, Uganda. Last month Gregg Knight took inventory of the school farm and laid out a plan for […]

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Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 25, 2019

I am beginning to make appointments to revisit our supporters and give updates. If you have a particular date in mind that would work well for your congregation, please let […]

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There’s A Great Day Coming

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 25, 2019

In John 5:24-29 Jesus speaks of two resurrections; one that began with His teaching, and one that is still in the future. The first one is the spiritual resurrection of […]

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Will You Also Go Away?

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 24, 2019

Jesus’ teachings in John 6 were shocking, especially for those who did not understand what He was saying. When we are faced with ideas that do not fit neatly into […]

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Battleship Texas

Evangelism, Farming, and Fun

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 23, 2019

June was a busy month for our faculty and students. In Uganda, our students completed the second quarter of their second year. They have just six more months to go! […]

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The Bread of Life

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 10, 2019

In John 6 Jesus fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fish, but then encouraged them to seek sustenance with eternal value. He declared that God had sent bread […]

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God’s Plan For Marriage

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 1, 2019

If you are involved in a club, you will be aware of the concept of rules. The fact that this group has organized shows that they have standards that they […]

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Talawanda School of Preaching May 2019 Report

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 23, 2019

At the beginning of May Maurice, our director, Amri, an instructor, and several of the students were stricken with Malaria, a couple of them requiring hospitalization. Extra funds were provided […]

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Worker Spotlight

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 21, 2019

Brother Muhindo Enosi is the preacher for the Kyabikuha church of Christ. He is also one of the instructors at the Rwenzori school of Preaching. His village is high in […]

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Modelle School of Preaching May Update

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 20, 2019

At the beginning of May the school held its’ first graduation ceremony. The six students that graduated have all gone out to work with congregations in evangelizing the lost and […]

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Rwenzori School of Preaching May Update

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 19, 2019

During the month of May, the students were in the midst of the second quarter of the school year. Their studies are going well. Their evangelistic efforts have born much […]

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Upcoming Dates

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 18, 2019

In mid July Leah will be leaving for Jamaica along with part of that mission team. She will be flying out of San Antonio, so we will be in that […]

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Back To Uganda

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 18, 2019

I spent the last two weeks of May in Uganda with brother Gregg Knight. While we were there Gregg spent some time working on the school farm and teaching the […]

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Working The Works of God

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 3, 2019

There is often a great deal of confusion about the relationship between faith and works. Some people contend that a person must perform enough good works to outweigh the evil […]

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Why Are You Seeking Him?

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 3, 2019

After Jesus fed the multitude He went with His disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee during the night. The following day the crowds returned to the […]

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Great Things In Uganda

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 3, 2019

My trip to Uganda was moved up to May due to Airline pricing. So, that affected my roast schedule slightly. Thank you for your patience in that regard. I was […]

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Doing What the Father Does

By Justin Hopkins | May 2, 2019

When my oldest son was just over a year old, Rodney Adkins released a song entitled “Watching You.” The little boy in the song says to his father, “I’ve been […]

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He Knows What He Will Do

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 28, 2019

The opening verses of John 6 provide an account of Jesus feeding 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. Jesus prepares to work this miracle by asking one of his […]

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A True Witness

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 28, 2019

Throughout history, many religious teachers have appeared claiming to carry a message from God or a god. The reliability of their source and of their record has usually been difficult […]

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Sin No More

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 15, 2019

Some time after healing the lame man at the pool of Bethesda Jesus seeks him out again. Our Lord’s words to him are few, but quite pointed. (John 5:14) First, […]

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Who Are You Looking For?

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 4, 2019

As John 5 opens, an interesting scene is set before us. The pool of Bethesda is occasionally imbued with healing powers, but only for the first person to get into […]

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The Man Believed

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 22, 2019

I cannot even imagine the pain and anguish that comes with watching your child slowly die of some illness. I really would rather not, but my heart goes out to […]

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We have Heard HIm Ourselves

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 8, 2019

The Samaritan woman knew that when she had found Jesus, she had found something precious. Something that MUST be shared. So, she ran into the city and told everybody she […]

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Food You Don’t Know About

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 22, 2019

When Jesus’ disciples returned to find Him at the well speaking to the Samaritan woman they had brought Him food. He refused the meal, saying, “I have food to eat […]

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God Is Looking For Worship

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 15, 2019

Worship is an activity that is central to any religion, and certainly to Christianity. There are many different styles of worship, and opinions about how, where, why, and with whom […]

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Never Thirst Again!

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 1, 2019

The Samaritan woman knew the path to the well intimately. Her feet had traversed its stones and gravel thousands of times. The work of drawing water and hauling it back […]

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Jesus Knows You

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 18, 2019

Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4 is full of compassion. Jesus crossed several social barriers to spend time teaching this woman. The words that He […]

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God So Loved The World

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 11, 2019

John 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible, and it is easy to see why. It tells us of God, the greatest lover. So, the greatest measure. Loved, the greatest […]

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You Must Be Born Again

By Justin Hopkins | Dec 28, 2018

Jesus’ response to Nicodemus was an ultimatum. Be born again, or miss out on the Kingdom of God (v. 3). Nicodemus, the smart man that he was, seemed a little […]

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Slow To Accept Him

By Justin Hopkins | Dec 14, 2018

Some people heartily embrace the Gospel the first time that they hear it. They are eagerly searching for the salvation that Jesus offers. Others never give the Gospel a fair […]

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What Eats You Up?

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 30, 2018

John chapter two ends with an abrupt account of Jesus cleansing the Temple. This whole process occupies many hours of His time. He made a scourge (John 2:15). No doubt, […]

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It’s A Miracle!

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 23, 2018

In John 2:11 we read that Jesus’ first miracle “manifested His glory.” It was a significant event to all who saw or heard of it. It is easy when we […]

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Whatever He Says…

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 16, 2018

The first miracle that Jesus ever performed was prompted by the initiative of His mother, Mary. The instructions that she gave to the servants were simple. “Whatever He says to […]

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The Certainty of Uncertainty

The Certainty of Uncertainty

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 21, 2018

Over the last few weeks, the city of Austin has been rocked by a series of deadly bombings. A host of law enforcement agencies have collaborated to find and stop […]

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 28, 2018

Elizabeth Swaney is a very average skier from Oakland, California. She’s certainly not a bad skier, but there is nothing about her skills that stand out. Yet, last week she […]

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Unclaimed Fortunes

Unclaimed Fortunes

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 20, 2018

On August 26, 2017, at a Sam Food Mart in Lewisville, TX some nameless individual purchased a lottery ticket worth one million dollars. However, winning lottery tickets are only redeemable […]

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 13, 2018

Red Gerard is a pretty typical 17-year-old. He loves skateboarding and golf … and Netflix. On Saturday, February 9th he stayed up late into the night binge-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine on […]

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Five Reasons to Come to Church

Five Reasons to Come to Church

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 7, 2018

  How long has it been since you have been to church? Friend, that’s too long! There are several reasons why you may not be going as often as you […]

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Out of Context and Out of Character

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 6, 2018

This past weekend, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl. However, almost eclipsing that news, is the backlash from a commercial for Ram Trucks. The advertiser used a sound bite […]

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The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard MLodinow: A Book Review

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 18, 2018

The church is familiar with the narrative of the Big Bang and has spent a few decades learning how to refute that theory. It would seem that we’ve done a […]

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An Invitation To Belong

By Justin Hopkins | Jan 18, 2018

Recently, I was visiting with a member of our community who expressed that she was thinking about moving away because since coming to town she had never really felt a […]

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Books I Read in 2017 (And My Ratings)

By Lee Snow | Dec 27, 2017

This post serves more to my ability to go back and find it than anything, so bare with me. I’m going to list all of the books I read in […]

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A Balanced View of Christmas

By Lee Snow | Dec 12, 2017

Before we start, let me say that I am going to try my best to approach this subject in a way as balanced as possible and in a way that […]

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The Inerrancy of Scripture: What’s at Stake

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Every now and then, people will kick around the idea of the “inerrancy” of Scripture. What does inerrancy mean, and why is it such a big deal? What is inerrancy? […]

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I don’t remember my high-school math and I’m okay

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Between you and me, I have a confession to make: I hardly remember anything I learned in my high school trigonometry class. I also can’t write in cursive very well […]

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Do Two Christians Have to Agree on Everything to be in Fellowship with One Another?

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

It is a fact that good, honest Christians sometimes disagree about various issues – whether elders should have more than one child, whether women should cover their heads in worship, […]

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How to Trick People into Rejecting Biblical Authority (Hint: Many of Our Churches are Doing a Pretty Good Job)

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

The road to hell isn’t obscure or hard to find. It is a super-highway, lined with familiar faces and paved with sincerity and good intentions. Many of its travelers are […]

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Going to Church as an Act of High Treason

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Getting my family to church on Sunday morning sometimes feels like we are recreating the first 10 minutes of “Home Alone.” There is nothing glamorous about it, even for a […]

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Why I’m Not Ashamed of Different Gender Roles in the Church

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

God doesn’t make mistakes. When He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18), He was not saying “Whoopsie daisy!” Instead, He was teaching that […]

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Why is it Sometimes Difficult to Know God’s Will?

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Sometimes I wish the Bible were more specific about some things. When making big decisions – when studying particularly complicated, hot-button topics in categories of worship, morality, or ethics – […]

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How To Handle Online Disagreements

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

You get an E-mail – a Tweet – a comment – a private message through Facebook, only to discover someone disagreeing with you (the horror!). Maybe you said something in […]

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What Must I Do to be Lost?

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Sometimes people get caught up in discussions about what sins will send a man to hell. Usually, the “really bad” sins, like adultery or murder, top the list with little […]

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Protecting the Lord’s Supper: Why I Like that Little Cup & Wafer

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

If a Christian from the 1st century could travel forward in time to the 21st century and visit a typical worship service among churches of Christ, I doubt he would […]

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The Real Meaning of Matthew 18:20

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

When two or three are gathered in My name, there I am in their midst. To be sure, these are words of reassurance. But don’t misapply Matthew 18:20. It isn’t […]

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Stop Saying “All Things Happen for a Reason”

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

After a tragedy, sometimes a well-meaning person will comment, “All things happen for a reason.” Is that so? If the person making this statement is operating from a Biblical world […]

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A Tale of Two Gods: How Calvinism’s God & the Bible’s God are Two Very Different Gods

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

One very popular denominational preacher and writer, John Piper, is famous for saying that “all things” – even down to the subatomic level – “are ordained, guided, and governed” by […]

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A Crash Course on God’s Providence

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

There’s some confusion about God’s providence. To be frank, I don’t quite understand it that well myself. That is not to say, however, that the Bible doesn’t lay out some […]

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Jesus Died to End Abortion & Racism

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

My heart is heavy this week. I can’t rid my mind of the news of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this week, with more rumored to come in other […]

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When “Book, Chapter, Verse” Becomes A Bad Thing

By Ben | Nov 10, 2017

Few Bible characters take as much of a beating from our pulpits today as the Pharisees. It seems everyone wants his turn in taking a swipe at them. To be […]

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Three Reasons I Love the Church

Three Reasons I Love the Church

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 7, 2017
The fastest growing religious group in America today is the “nones;” those that don’t identify with a religion at all. Maybe you fall into that category. There are a variety [...] Read More

Flexibility

By Leah Hopkins | Oct 4, 2017

I wrote recently on the fact that life does not always go as planned, and that can be frustrating if you are a planner like myself. Another week of homeschool […]

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When “Book, Chapter, Verse” Becomes A Bad Thing

By Ben | Oct 3, 2017

Few Bible characters take as much of a beating from our pulpits today as the Pharisees. It seems everyone wants his turn in taking a swipe at them. To be […]

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Bad Advice

By Leah Hopkins | Sep 29, 2017

Open Mouth Insert Foot So, this morning I learned a hard lesson.  I say learned…I suppose I am in the middle of learning it.  I realized that a piece of […]

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Epic Planning

By Leah Hopkins | Sep 16, 2017

This week was our first week of school.  While I have been homeschooling our eldest for a few years, now we are homeschooling all our boys. I have been excited, […]

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The 5 Enemies of Unity

By Lee Snow | Aug 18, 2017

  Dave Ramsey, entrepreneur and financial coach, runs a company that is comprised of over 300 team members, does millions of dollars of revenue per year, travels the country teaching […]

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Jesus Died to End Abortion & Racism

By Ben | Aug 15, 2017

My heart is heavy this week. I can’t rid my mind of the news of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this week, with more rumored to come in other […]

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A Crash Course on God’s Providence

By Ben | Aug 10, 2017

There’s some confusion about God’s providence. To be frank, I don’t quite understand it that well myself. That is not to say, however, that the Bible doesn’t lay out some […]

Read More

A Tale of Two Gods: How Calvinism’s God & the Bible’s God are Two Very Different Gods

By Ben | Jul 26, 2017

One very popular denominational preacher and writer, John Piper, is famous for saying that “all things” – even down to the subatomic level – “are ordained, guided, and governed” by […]

Read More

Stop Saying “All Things Happen for a Reason”

By Ben | Jul 19, 2017

After a tragedy, sometimes a well-meaning person will comment, “All things happen for a reason.” Is that so? If the person making this statement is operating from a Biblical world […]

Read More

The Real Meaning of Matthew 18:20

By Ben | Jul 11, 2017

When two or three are gathered in My name, there I am in their midst. To be sure, these are words of reassurance. But don’t misapply Matthew 18:20. It isn’t […]

Read More

Protecting the Lord’s Supper: Why I Like that Little Cup & Wafer

By Ben | Jun 21, 2017

If a Christian from the 1st century could travel forward in time to the 21st century and visit a typical worship service among churches of Christ, I doubt he would […]

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What Must I Do to be Lost?

By Ben | Jun 1, 2017

Sometimes people get caught up in discussions about what sins will send a man to hell. Usually, the “really bad” sins, like adultery or murder, top the list with little […]

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Flip- Flop

By Leah Hopkins | May 25, 2017

Today was the day. The day that has been on my mind for months. One that I have been looking forward to and dreading at the same time. It was […]

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How To Handle Online Disagreements

By Ben | May 24, 2017

You get an E-mail – a Tweet – a comment – a private message through Facebook, only to discover someone disagreeing with you (the horror!). Maybe you said something in […]

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Why is it Sometimes Difficult to Know God’s Will?

By Ben | May 10, 2017

Sometimes I wish the Bible were more specific about some things. When making big decisions – when studying particularly complicated, hot-button topics in categories of worship, morality, or ethics – […]

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Through No Fault of Mine

By convictionsofhonor | May 6, 2017

Through No Fault of Mine Source: Convictions of Honor

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Why I’m Not Ashamed of Different Gender Roles in the Church

By Ben | May 2, 2017

God doesn’t make mistakes. When He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18), He was not saying “Whoopsie daisy!” Instead, He was teaching that […]

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Trusting Judges

By convictionsofhonor | Apr 26, 2017

Trusting Judges Source: Convictions of Honor

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Going to Church as an Act of High Treason

By Ben | Apr 25, 2017

Getting my family to church on Sunday morning sometimes feels like we are recreating the first 10 minutes of “Home Alone.” There is nothing glamorous about it, even for a […]

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How to Trick People into Rejecting Biblical Authority (Hint: Many of Our Churches are Doing a Pretty Good Job)

By Ben | Apr 18, 2017

The road to hell isn’t obscure or hard to find. It is a super-highway, lined with familiar faces and paved with sincerity and good intentions. Many of its travelers are […]

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Until Calamities Pass By

By convictionsofhonor | Apr 17, 2017

Until Calamities Pass By Source: Convictions of Honor

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How To Advertise For A Church Event

By Lee Snow | Apr 17, 2017

  There are absolutely tons of ways for a church to advertise for an upcoming event. Everything from tv/radio ads, to billboards, to the “old fashioned” flyers and everything in […]

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How To Advertise For A Church Event

By Lee Snow | Apr 13, 2017

How To Advertise For A Church Event Source: Lee M Snow

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Do Two Christians Have to Agree on Everything to be in Fellowship with One Another?

By Ben | Apr 11, 2017

It is a fact that good, honest Christians sometimes disagree about various issues – whether elders should have more than one child, whether women should cover their heads in worship, […]

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Tears in a Bottle

By convictionsofhonor | Apr 11, 2017

Tears in a Bottle Source: Convictions of Honor

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I don’t remember my high-school math and I’m okay

By Ben | Apr 5, 2017

Between you and me, I have a confession to make: I hardly remember anything I learned in my high school trigonometry class. I also can’t write in cursive very well […]

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5 Things Your Preacher Needs to Hear

By Lee Snow | Apr 5, 2017

Every church has the one brother or sister who has appointed himself/herself to be the one to “keep the preacher humble” by being hypercritical of anything he does. I know […]

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5 Things Your Preacher Needs to Hear

By Lee Snow | Apr 5, 2017

5 Things Your Preacher Needs to Hear Source: Lee M Snow

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The Sadness of Betrayal

By convictionsofhonor | Apr 4, 2017

The Sadness of Betrayal Source: Convictions of Honor

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God Is My Helper

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 30, 2017

God Is My Helper Source: Convictions of Honor

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The Inerrancy of Scripture: What’s at Stake

By Ben | Mar 28, 2017

Every now and then, people will kick around the idea of the “inerrancy” of Scripture. What does inerrancy mean, and why is it such a big deal? What is inerrancy? […]

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BLINK Camera System – Ministry Tool Review

By Lee Snow | Mar 28, 2017

Recently, the congregation purchased and installed a new security/video system to help us in that rare instance that someone wants to come into our building to steal or vandalize our […]

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BLINK Camera System – Ministry Tool Review

By Lee Snow | Mar 25, 2017

BLINK Camera System – Ministry Tool Review Source: Lee M Snow

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How To Evangelize Worship Guests

By Lee Snow | Mar 23, 2017

  It happens every week at churches all across the nation and the world. Someone walks in the door who is not a member of the church of Christ either because […]

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How To Evangelize Worship Guests

By Lee Snow | Mar 23, 2017

How To Evangelize Worship Guests Source: Lee M Snow

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By Ben | Mar 21, 2017

Source: Plain Simple Faith

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Let’s Start Thinking Right About Modesty: 4 Reasons To Put Some Clothes On

By Ben | Mar 21, 2017

“Great, another modesty article,” some might think. Let’s go ahead and get the necessary caveats out of the way: I don’t have a right to tell you how to dress […]

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A Comparison and Contrast

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 19, 2017

A Comparison and Contrast Source: Convictions of Honor

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Should Christians Boycott? 6 Points To Consider

By Ben | Mar 18, 2017

There are some businesses that I go out of my way to avoid: Target, Hardees, Disney, among others. That could change. They could change. I could change. But for now, […]

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What To Have Ready BEFORE You Hire Your New Preacher

By Lee Snow | Mar 18, 2017

  I believe many preachers are mistreated when it comes to the pulpit search traditions that we have in America. So, here are three things that I believe every church/eldership […]

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A Matter of Trust

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 12, 2017

A Matter of Trust Source: Convictions of Honor

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What To Have Ready BEFORE You Hire Your New Preacher

By Lee Snow | Mar 7, 2017

What To Have Ready BEFORE You Hire Your New Preacher Source: Lee M Snow

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A Clean Heart

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 5, 2017

A Clean Heart Source: Convictions of Honor

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Why It’s So Important To Sing Together

By Ben | Mar 1, 2017

Whenever I get the occasional chance to witness a worship service at a denominational or “non-denominational” church,[1] I’ve always been surprised by how few people in the audience actually sing. I’m […]

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And Shall Not Keep Silent

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 26, 2017

And Shall Not Keep Silent Source: Convictions of Honor

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 2

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 22, 2017

Why Is Marriage So Important? When Jesus was on this earth, one of the ways He taught people was through parables. He used stories with characters that people could understand […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 1

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 22, 2017

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein Is Everybody Doing It? I once read a news article that talked about the rising trend of couples […]

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Two Ways God Is Interested in Your Love Life

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 22, 2017

Does God have plans for your love life? Yes! He does! However, you might find that His focus might be a little different than where ours tend to go this […]

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The Never Ending To Do List

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 22, 2017

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you start off making this huge “To Do” list and all week long you are tackling those tasks like a boss?  […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 3

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 22, 2017

Why Is Marriage So Special? Whether it has happened already or not, the day you get your first boyfriend is one you will most likely remember till the day you […]

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8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 2)

By Lee Snow | Feb 22, 2017

In culmination of our study of ways in which the Scriptures tell us that we can show God our love, we come to the last 4 acts. However, remember, that […]

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8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 1)

By Lee Snow | Feb 22, 2017

It’s the greatest command found in all of the Bible, as per Jesus’ words in Mark 12:29-31 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with […]

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Why Your VBS May Be Stifling Your Church’s Kids

By Lee Snow | Feb 22, 2017

(The following is highly opinionated. If you don’t agree, that’s fine.) Vacation Bible School is often one of the most time, money and volunteer intensive events on the entire yearly […]

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Treat Yourself to Some One-On-One Time with God

By Lee Snow | Feb 22, 2017

As a fan of “mockumentaries” such as The Office, I found myself naturally drawn into another mockumentary a few years back called Parks and Rec. On the show, two characters, […]

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3 Steps to Overcoming Denominationalism

By Lee Snow | Feb 22, 2017

The culture of religion in America is inundated with sectarianism and division. And while Jesus’ people are called to be set apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9), what I’m […]

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Stop Trading Holiness For “Authenticity”

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

“Then Abraham had a child out of wedlock with one of his maidservants,” said the preacher at a church in the Bronx. “There was dysfunctionality in his family.” “…David had […]

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New Book: You Are A Theologian: Thinking Right About The Bible

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

You Are A Theologian: Thinking Right About The Bible is an introduction to God’s Word. In this book, the reader will learn about the nature of God’s revelation, how the […]

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7 Tips for Thinking Right about Bible Translations

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

1. The King James Version was not the first English translation. John Wycliff translated the first English Bible between 1382 to 1395, but he translated it from the Latin Vulgate […]

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Just As Saved (But Not Like) The Thief On The Cross

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” The precious blood of Jesus is so powerful that even a sinner like me can be saved. Sweet, […]

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Becoming A More Discerning Reader

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

This is a guest post by Kevin Rhodes, pulpit minister at the Granbury Street church of Christ in Cleburne, TX. He is the author of several books, all of which are excellent […]

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What Must I Do To Stay Saved?

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

I know some who live in constant fear of being lost. They are keenly aware of their flaws and failures, and believe their soul is continually in jeopardy. Deep down […]

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

Five Things It’s the most important question you can ever ask. Yet if you ask ten different churches, you’ll get ten different answers. But what does the Bible say? We […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear […]

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Stop Wishing for “the Good Old Days” of the Church

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

Sometimes I hear people talk about the “glory days” of the church. They typically don’t call it that, but that’s how it comes across to me. It goes something like […]

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Why It’s Wrong To Keep Truth And Grace In Balance

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

We want to be balanced people. It is considered a good thing to have a balanced diet or to keep a healthy balance between work and pleasure. But sometimes, balance […]

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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like […]

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Jesus Doesn’t Want To Be Your Political Comeback

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

When it comes to social issues people are passionate about, the “Jesus” card is likely to be found in abundance. Note just a few ways the name of Jesus is […]

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What It Means To Be Free In Christ

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

“Jesus has set me free. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about getting everything right,” said one Christian. “Yes,” another chimed in. “Trying to follow every command in the Bible […]

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Why The Trinity Matters (Practically Speaking)

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

A.W. Tozer said, “What you think of God is the most important thing about you.”[1] This is certainly true in relation to idolatry, where the Bible repeatedly warns that we […]

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Churches of Christ Didn’t Begin During The American Restoration Movement

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

To the surprise of some, churches of Christ are not the result of a so-called “American Restoration Movement” in the 19th century, which is associated with famous names such as […]

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We Need To Embrace The Trinity

By Ben | Feb 22, 2017

Though “Trinity” is not a word found in the Bible, the idea is there. It refers to the “three-in-oneness” of God; Three persons, one essence. Should We Use The Word […]

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1 Timothy 2:3-4 – What God Desires

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:3-4. God’s Desires, Salvation

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A Son, Reading, and Encouragement

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

This morning I had one of those moments that makes me love being a dad. Our middle son is smart, intelligent, goofy, and loud; but he has trouble getting things […]

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1 Timothy 2:1-2 – 4 Kinds of Prayer

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Prayer

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1 Timothy 1:18-20 – A Shipwrecked Faith

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 1:18-20, conscience, Faith

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1 Timothy 2:8 – Praying without anger or quarreling

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:8, Anger, Prayer, quarreling

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Sermon – The Brevity of Life

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

The last two days have been difficult for my family. First we learned of the hit-and-run death of the oldest daughter of some friends of our in Georgia. Then, we were […]

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1 Timothy 2:7 – What does God want a preacher or teacher to be?

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:7, Preaching, teaching, The Word of God

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1 Timothy 2:5-6 – Our Mediator

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Jesus, Mediator

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1 Timothy 2:11-14 – The Order of Silence

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017
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1 Timothy 2:9-10 – What Women Should Wear

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

Tagged: 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Good works, pearls of truth, Women’s clothing

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He Shall Receive Me

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 20, 2017

He Shall Receive Me Source: Convictions of Honor

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8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 2)

By Lee Snow | Feb 20, 2017

8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 2) Source: Lee M Snow

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8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 1)

By Lee Snow | Feb 16, 2017

8 Ways to Show God You Love Him (Part 1) Source: Lee M Snow

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Why Your VBS May Be Stifling Your Church’s Kids

By Lee Snow | Feb 14, 2017

Why Your VBS May Be Stifling Your Church’s Kids Source: Lee M Snow

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Two Ways God Is Interested in Your Love Life

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 13, 2017

Two Ways God Is Interested in Your Love Life Source: Choosing Epic

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City of God

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 9, 2017

City of God Source: Convictions of Honor

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The Never Ending To Do List

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 9, 2017

The Never Ending To Do List Source: Choosing Epic

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Sing Praises

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 6, 2017

Sing Praises Source: Convictions of Honor

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Treat Yourself to Some One-On-One Time with God

By Lee Snow | Feb 6, 2017

Treat Yourself to Some One-On-One Time with God Source: Lee M Snow

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Treat Yourself to Some One-On-One Time with God

By | Feb 5, 2017
As a fan of “mockumentaries” such as The Office, I found myself naturally drawn into another mockumentary a few years back called Parks and Rec. On the show, two characters, once a year, have a “Treat Yo’self Day”- a day in which they spend crazy amounts of money on things they want, pampering, and just…
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A Translation For Expositors

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 5, 2017

A Translation For Expositors Source: Convictions of Honor

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3 Steps to Overcoming Denominationalism

By | Jan 31, 2017
The culture of religion in America is inundated with sectarianism and division. And while Jesus’ people are called to be set apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9), what I’m talking about is a sickness in the hearts and souls of many today. So many are more enamored with following their religious traditions or teachings…
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No Fear

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 30, 2017

No Fear Source: Convictions of Honor

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3 Reasons Why People Were Baptized

By Lee Snow | Jan 26, 2017

3 Reasons Why People Were Baptized Source: Lee M Snow

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Why Your Church’s Evangelism Is Failing

By Lee Snow | Jan 24, 2017

Why Your Church’s Evangelism Is Failing Source: Lee M Snow

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A Scepter of Righteousness

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 23, 2017

A Scepter of Righteousness Source: Convictions of Honor

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How To Use Instagram To Help Your Church

By Lee Snow | Jan 20, 2017

How To Use Instagram To Help Your Church Source: Lee M Snow

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3 Reasons to Rethink Your Attendance to Small Groups & Bible Studies

By Lee Snow | Jan 18, 2017

3 Reasons to Rethink Your Attendance to Small Groups & Bible Studies Source: Lee M Snow

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Sheep for the Slaughter

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 16, 2017

Sheep for the Slaughter Source: Convictions of Honor

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Hope in God

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 10, 2017

Hope in God Rampant immorality and anti-Christian hostility dominate the news media in America today, and sadly the culture in general as well. The promotion of the homosexual agenda—and other […]

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Thirsty Soul

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 7, 2017

Thirsty Soul A few years ago I remember talking to Gavin McGilvray while he served in the Marine Corps in southern California. The challenges of the service did not bother him; […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 3

By Leah Hopkins | Jan 5, 2017

The Most Beautiful Thing Part 3 [unable to retrieve full-text content]Why Is Marriage So Special? Whether it has happened already or not, the day you get your first boyfriend is […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 2

By Leah Hopkins | Jan 5, 2017

The Most Beautiful Thing Part 2 The Most Beautiful Thing Part 2 | Choosing Epic Why Is Marriage So Important? When Jesus was on this earth, one of the ways […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing Part 1

By Leah Hopkins | Jan 5, 2017

The Most Beautiful Thing Part 1 The Most Beautiful Thing Part 1 | Choosing Epic “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein Is Everybody Doing […]

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Learn to Be A Change Leader, Not A Change Agent

By Lee Snow | Jan 5, 2017

Learn to Be A Change Leader, Not A Change Agent Metathesiophobia, or the fear of change, is one of the cause of many an anxiety attack and business meeting in […]

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How A Wife Is Supposed To Be

By Leah Hopkins | Jan 4, 2017

How A Wife Is Supposed To Be How A Wife Is Supposed To Be | Choosing Epic I once had a friend tell me that she didn’t like all the […]

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How a Husband is Supposed to Be

By Leah Hopkins | Jan 4, 2017

How a Husband is Supposed to Be How a Husband is Supposed to Be | Choosing Epic In today’s society it seems more and more that the man is being […]

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Reasons to Reject Pattern Theology They Won’t Tell You

By Lee Snow | Jan 2, 2017

Reasons to Reject Pattern Theology They Won’t Tell You Pattern Theology is a term coined to speak about the belief that one, or the church, ought to follow certain guidelines […]

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Bad Advice

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 30, 2016

Bad Advice So, this morning I learned a hard lesson.  I say learned…I suppose I am in the middle of learning it.  I realized that a piece of advice that […]

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3 Huge Problems With The Sinner’s Prayer

By Lee Snow | Dec 21, 2016

3 Huge Problems With The Sinner’s Prayer If you haven’t seen or heard of this practice, a Judgment House is the spiritual haunted house. Instead of monsters and serial killers, […]

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Saying No To Self-Doubt

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 20, 2016

Saying No To Self-Doubt There are times when things don’t work out the way you expect them to.  You may have planned and prepared, but for whatever reason, it just […]

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When God Makes A Promise

By Lee Snow | Dec 19, 2016

When God Makes A Promise When you want to be absolutely certain that the vow you are making will be taken with earnest and the receiving party knows you can […]

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Learning to Grow By Giving Up

By Lee Snow | Dec 15, 2016

Learning to Grow By Giving Up “We’ve made models of pastoral care to feed people who aren’t hungry.” – James Mallon The definition of insanity, as I’m told, is doing […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

By Ben | Dec 13, 2016

How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue 0 Flares 0 Flares × The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. […]

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My Own Familiar Friend

By convictionsofhonor | Dec 12, 2016

My Own Familiar Friend The emotional and poetic nature of the psalms both highlight the true meaning of a relationship with God and make them more difficult to interpret. This […]

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Are You Treating Your Visitors Like A Joke?

By Lee Snow | Dec 12, 2016

Are You Treating Your Visitors Like A Joke? “We’ll treat you so many ways you’re bound to like one of them.” That statement has been said by many a church […]

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The Big 3 Sins

By Lee Snow | Dec 12, 2016

The Big 3 Sins Have you ever pondered why denominationalism, homosexuality and abortion seem to be the main three when it comes to social media posts, blog articles, sermons and […]

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Is Your Church Program Killing the Restoration Movement?

By Lee Snow | Dec 12, 2016

Is Your Church Program Killing the Restoration Movement? I recently re-read a book by Thom Rainer (CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, an organization owned by the Southern Baptist Convention) called, […]

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A Wise Man Will Hear

By Lee Snow | Dec 12, 2016

A Wise Man Will Hear “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”         – Proverbs 1:5 What is Wisdom? Aristotle once […]

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Matters of The Heart

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 11, 2016

Matters of The Heart So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? […]

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The Equation of Self Image

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 11, 2016

The Equation of Self Image Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 11, 2016

The Most Beautiful Thing “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein Is Everybody Doing It? I once read a news article that talked about the […]

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How It’s Supposed to Be

By Leah Hopkins | Dec 11, 2016

How It’s Supposed to Be How a Husband Is Supposed To Be In today’s society it seems more and more that the man is being stripped of the dignity that […]

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Stop Wishing for “the Good Old Days” of the Church

By Ben | Dec 7, 2016

Stop Wishing for “the Good Old Days” of the Church 1 Flares 1 Flares × Sometimes I hear people talk about the “glory days” of the church. They typically don’t […]

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Delighting in Obedience

By convictionsofhonor | Dec 5, 2016

Delighting in Obedience You can learn a lot about someone’s life, attitude, and spiritual makeup by the way they think of obedience. The heathen openly declare their abhorrence toward obedience, […]

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Stop Trading Holiness For “Authenticity”

By Ben | Nov 30, 2016

Stop Trading Holiness For “Authenticity” 1 Flares 1 Flares × “Then Abraham had a child out of wedlock with one of his maidservants,” said the preacher at a church in […]

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The Measure of My Days

By convictionsofhonor | Nov 28, 2016

The Measure of My Days Not long ago, a friend on Facebook wrote a post that I do not believe I will ever forget. He said, “Hello to all my […]

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New Book: You Are A Theologian: Thinking Right About The Bible

By Ben | Nov 24, 2016

New Book: You Are A Theologian: Thinking Right About The Bible About Ben Born at a very young age, Ben is the pulpit minister at the Edgewood church of Christ […]

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7 Tips for Thinking Right about Bible Translations

By Ben | Nov 21, 2016

7 Tips for Thinking Right about Bible Translations 6 Flares 6 Flares × 1. The King James Version was not the first English translation. John Wycliff translated the first English […]

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Broken

By convictionsofhonor | Nov 14, 2016

Broken At various times when different athletes have ended up in trouble and the question arises about whether their careers can recover from the incident—almost regardless of the offense—sports journalists […]