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Word-Centered Prayer

Word-Centered Prayer Prayer is a sincere expression of our utter dependance upon God, an expression of our humble reliance upon God's immeasurable power, infinite wisdom, and sovereign mercy. It is a means by which we commune with God. Prayer is more than just talking with God, it is worship. We can understand, then, why the Apostle Paul exhorted the early Church to "pray...

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Love God, Like Sports

Love God, Like Sports Growing up the son of a prominent sportswriter in Northern California, sports were a significant part of my upbringing. My dad wrote for the San Jose Mercury News for 33 years and covered a wide variety of sporting events during that time. He covered the San Francisco Forty Niners and the Oakland Raiders for several years, and later focused on profes...

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Clemson & the Love of God

Clemson the Love of God On Monday, after dropping off our oldest at Camp Ridgehaven in the highlands of North Carolina, we decided to visit my alma mater, Clemson University ('93). It had been almost 15 years since our last visit. So much has changed. The campus has undergone massive improvements. Beautiful new buildings, squares, plazas, and memorials are at every turn....

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Press On, Christ Church, Press On!

Dear Members of Christ Church, A little over a month ago we joyfully celebrated our one year anniversary as a church plant. On that joyful occasion we reflected upon God's faithfulness to us, and the tremendous opportunity that our Heavenly Father has given us to establish a biblically healthy congregation that glorifies God, loves one another, and possess a heart for unc...

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The Intentional Christian Marriage, Part II

Members of Christ Church, the question was asked in last week's pastoral letter, "Is your marriage intentionally Christian?" Do you, as a couple, seek to cultivate a God-centered, Christ-dependent, Scripture-saturated perspective in your relationship? The first thing I mentioned as axiomatic to an intentional Christian marriage is the need to study, contemplate, and discus...

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The Intentional Christian Marriage, Part I

Is your marriage intentionally Christian? In other words, do you as a couple intentionally seek to cultivate a God-centered, Christ-dependent, and Word-guided perspective in your relationship? Or do you just hope and pray and let the chips fall where they may? While working with families in the context of the church for many years, I have observed that many Christian coupl...

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The Wonderful Gospel of Grace

The story never grows old. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and second person of the Trinity, becoming a man without ceasing to be God in order to rescue guilty sinners from the bondage of sin and its gruesome wages (Rom. 6:23). God the Father "delivered over" His only Son into the hands of sinful men to be crucified, to be a penal substitute and propitiation for sinners. Mo...

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Why Liturgy?

In general, evangelical worship in America has become radically informal, presumptuously innovative, and biblically impoverished. Much of this is largely due to the abandonment of God-centered, biblically regulated liturgy. The arrogance of modern evangelicalism has served to shelve a Protestant liturgical heritage which, for centuries, has faithfully led Christians to wor...

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A Wrangle on Sanctification

Beloved Christ Church, the winds of doctrinal controversy have picked up again over the subject of sanctification. Some well-intentioned ministers and laypeople are promoting a truncated view of the gospel, that is, one that heralds God's saving mercy in Christ, but greatly minimizes (or even disparages) God's call to Christian growth and holiness through biblical instruct...

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Tithes and Offerings: An Act of Worship

Every Lord's Day, both in the morning and evening worship services, the liturgy calls for the giving of God's tithe and our offerings. During this time, the plates are passed amongst the congregation, gathering in the first fruits of all that God has faithfully provided His redeemed children. The generous, cheerful and sacrificial giving of God's people is one of the clear...

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