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"But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14 ESV)

“The idea that Jesus died on a cross for our sins is intellectually contemptible and morally outrageous.” This was the studied estimate of Christianity by the great Oxford University philosophy...

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One author tells the story of reading about a couple from the Midwest who were caught in a deadly tornado. The fatal twister came upon the couple and their small baby suddenly. Realizing they had no time to take cover, they laid their child on the floor and covered her with their bodies. After the storm passed, rescue workers began the gut-wrenching task of sorting through the wreckage...

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A number of years ago, my wife and I had a fellow minister and his wife over for dinner. While we were enjoying our meal, the doorbell rang. When we opened the door, two Mormon missionaries greeted us. My friend and I began to engage them in conversation, asking them about their beliefs. Quite obviously, these two eager young men had paid attention in their training, rattling off...

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Bob Woods tells the story of a couple who took their son, 11, and daughter, 7, to Carlsbad Caverns. When the tour reached the deepest point in the cavern, the guide turned off all the lights to show how utterly dark it was underground. The little girl, suddenly enveloped in utter darkness, was frightened and began to cry. Immediately her older brother spoke up. “Don’t cry. Somebody here...

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As we continue thinking about the basics of the gospel, last week we established that the gospel is good news about what God has done in sending the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, to save us. This week, let’s think briefly about why the Gospel is good news for sinners.

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“When the day finally came, it was like no other day that anyone can remember. It had a flavor of its own, an extemporaneousness which gave it something of the quality of a vast, happy village party as people wandered about, sat, sang, and slept against a slimmer background of trees, grass, flowers, and water.”

These were the words of novelist Mollie Panter-Downes, a British writer...

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Football season is over and that usually means we have at least a couple of months before spring games take place and the countdown to August begins. In the meantime, I hope this weekly devotional helps us all stay focused on what matters most: our walk with Jesus!

The following is a statement delivered to the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 5, addressing the Decision of the United States Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage.

Before we pray, I want to preface our study with a brief reflection on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. It is...

Breathe on Me, Breath of God: Meditations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit  A Person We Need to Know Part 2

This week we continue our discussion on the Holy Spirit. You may recall that last week we addressed the Spirit as a person who says “me” and “I.” He speaks, sets apart, and he calls. The Spirit of God...

Breathe on Me, Breath of God: Meditations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

A Person We Need to Know

Judged by the standards of modern marketing techniques, the Holy Spirit has a PR problem. The idea of God the Father and of God the Son is one to which we can relate. We have analogies and parallels that help...