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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 Share

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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 Share

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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

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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

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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 Share

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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

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The Sadness of Betrayal

By convictionsofhonor | Apr 4, 2017

The Sadness of Betrayal Source: Convictions of Honor Share

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God Is My Helper

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 30, 2017

God Is My Helper Source: Convictions of Honor Share

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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

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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

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By Ben | Mar 21, 2017

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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

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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 Share

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What To Have Ready BEFORE You Hire Your New Preacher

By Lee Snow | Mar 7, 2017

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A Clean Heart

By convictionsofhonor | Mar 5, 2017

A Clean Heart Source: Convictions of Honor Share

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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 Share

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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

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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

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1 Timothy 1:18-20 – A Shipwrecked Faith

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

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1 Timothy 2:8 – Praying without anger or quarreling

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

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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

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1 Timothy 2:5-6 – Our Mediator

By abcozort | Feb 22, 2017

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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

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He Shall Receive Me

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 20, 2017

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

By Lee Snow | Feb 20, 2017

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

By Lee Snow | Feb 16, 2017

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Why Your VBS May Be Stifling Your Church’s Kids

By Lee Snow | Feb 14, 2017

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Two Ways God Is Interested in Your Love Life

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 13, 2017

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City of God

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 9, 2017

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The Never Ending To Do List

By Leah Hopkins | Feb 9, 2017

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Sing Praises

By convictionsofhonor | Feb 6, 2017

Sing Praises Source: Convictions of Honor Share

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

By Lee Snow | Feb 6, 2017

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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

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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 Share

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3 Reasons Why People Were Baptized

By Lee Snow | Jan 26, 2017

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Why Your Church’s Evangelism Is Failing

By Lee Snow | Jan 24, 2017

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A Scepter of Righteousness

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 23, 2017

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How To Use Instagram To Help Your Church

By Lee Snow | Jan 20, 2017

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

By Lee Snow | Jan 18, 2017

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Sheep for the Slaughter

By convictionsofhonor | Jan 16, 2017

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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

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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…

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Do Not Fret

By convictionsofhonor | Nov 7, 2016

Do Not Fret Worry challenges almost everyone, regardless of wealth, intelligence, situation, or even circumstance. We all experience negative feelings from time to time—some introduced to us from others but…

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

By abcozort | Nov 3, 2016

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Precious Lovingkindness

By convictionsofhonor | Oct 31, 2016

Precious Lovingkindness To want to be loved is a universal longing and common condition of all mankind. We crave it deeply—more than we typically are willing to admit. We long…

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Wrongfully My Enemies

By convictionsofhonor | Oct 24, 2016

Wrongfully My Enemies David knew a lot about having enemies. He fought in many battles and secured many victories. But the enemies that he faced the most throughout life were…

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1 Timothy 2:9-10 – What Women Should Wear

By abcozort | Oct 20, 2016

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A Contrite Spirit

By convictionsofhonor | Oct 17, 2016

A Contrite Spirit When David fled from Saul, he sought safety in Gath, a city of the Philistines, the arch enemies of Israel during this time. However, while Achish, the…

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1 Timothy 2:8 – Praying without anger or quarreling

By abcozort | Oct 13, 2016

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A Blessed Nation

By convictionsofhonor | Oct 10, 2016

A Blessed Nation The blessings of being God’s people is something that Christians sometimes forget in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We get caught up in the day…

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Sermon – The Brevity of Life

By abcozort | Oct 10, 2016

Sermon – The Brevity of Life 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…

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

By abcozort | Oct 6, 2016

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Feeling Forgiven

By convictionsofhonor | Oct 3, 2016

Feeling Forgiven David truly was a man after God’s own heart. This distinction he received—not because of his perfect life but because of his willingness to correct his imperfections and…

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1 Timothy 2:5-6 – Our Mediator

By abcozort | Sep 8, 2016

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1 Timothy 2:3-4 – What God Desires

By abcozort | Sep 1, 2016

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A Son, Reading, and Encouragement

By abcozort | Aug 26, 2016

A Son, Reading, and Encouragement 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…

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1 Timothy 2:1-2 – 4 Kinds of Prayer

By abcozort | Aug 25, 2016

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1 Timothy 1:18-20 – A Shipwrecked Faith

By abcozort | Aug 18, 2016

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

By Ben | Jun 15, 2016

Just As Saved (But Not Like) The Thief On The Cross 0 Flares 0 Flares × “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” The precious…

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The God Of The Missional Church Is Too Small

By Ben | Feb 1, 2016

The God Of The Missional Church Is Too Small 0 Flares 0 Flares × “Missional” is one of those newer words used in theological circles. Depending on who uses it,…

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What The Bible Says About Purgatory (And Why You Should Stop Believing In It)

By Ben | Oct 7, 2015

What The Bible Says About Purgatory (And Why You Should Stop Believing In It) 0 Flares 0 Flares × The Roman Catholic church has taught the doctrine of “purgatory” since…

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Your Systematic Theology Is Showing

By Ben | Sep 29, 2015

Your Systematic Theology Is Showing 0 Flares 0 Flares × They say everyone’s a critic. Well, everyone’s a theologian, too. Even in our increasingly secular, post-Christian world, theology is inescapable….

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An Open Letter To The Church Of Christ

By Ben | Sep 23, 2015

An Open Letter To The Church Of Christ 0 Flares 0 Flares × Dear church of Christ, I’ve been part of you for most of my life now. What drew…

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Why Do People Interpret The Bible Differently?

By Ben | Sep 8, 2015

Why Do People Interpret The Bible Differently? 7 Flares 7 Flares × One man is a member of this church because of this Biblical reason, another is a member of…

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Follow Your Heart, Or Follow God?

By Ben | Sep 3, 2015

Follow Your Heart, Or Follow God? 0 Flares 0 Flares × “Follow your heart” is the unspoken motto today, even in some popular religious circles. Rob Bell says, “Your job…

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Book Review – Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

By Ben | Aug 5, 2015

Book Review – Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed 73 Flares 73 Flares × Many today are attracted to reformed theology – that is, theology that follows the traditions and practices…

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Millennials, Let’s Get Over Ourselves

By Jacob Rutledge | Jul 22, 2015

Millennials, Let’s Get Over Ourselves 341 Flares 341 Flares × This is a guest post by Jacob Rutledge. Jacob is a fellow gospel preacher, a faithful servant of the Lord,…

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Why So Many Are Jumping On The Gay “Marriage” Bandwagon Today

By Ben | Jul 21, 2015

Why So Many Are Jumping On The Gay “Marriage” Bandwagon Today 779 Flares 779 Flares × Not long ago in our nation’s history, homosexuality was taboo. People commonly looked at…

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Why I Love A Cappella Music In Worship

By Ben | Jul 16, 2015

Why I Love A Cappella Music In Worship 955 Flares 955 Flares × “Aren’t you the people who don’t have music?” Yep, that’s us. Mere Christians. Except we really do…

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