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A Daily Dose of the Gospel

We never outgrow the need for the Gospel. Jesus' death and resurrection is not the ABC of the Christian life but the A-Z. God strengthens us through the Gospel until the day we die. Our calling and identity are rooted in Him.Therefore, we must daily preach the Gospel to ourselves. But what does this look like? How does the Gospel make a difference on let's say, Monday mor...

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Care for Your Conscience

Our conscience is a wonderful gift from God. Every person comes equipped with one (Rom. 2:15). Conscience is "God's watchman and spokesman in the soul" (J.I. Packer), generally reliable but not perfect. It can misfire, excusing our actions when they should be accused and accuse us when nothing is the matter. When shaped and ruled by God it will help us live worthy of the G...

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Parents, Talk With Your Children

We all know that the best type of communication is not a monologue, but in the world of parenting it often is. We tell our children to clean up their toys, eat with their mouth closed and stop teasing their sibling. It is not wrong to talk to our children. They need to hear our instruction, correction (and encouragement!). The problem is that we talk so little with our chi...

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Faithful Church

On July 15th and 16th of this year, our church celebrated its 250th anniversary. We commemorated that on July 16, 1767, thirteen men and women signed a covenant establishing, what was then called, the Baptist Church of Montague. Our historical documents speak of great joys and incredible breakthroughs during those 250 years. For example, from 1830-1843 the church enjoyed ...

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Black, White and Gray

Many decisions we make as Christians involve areas or activities that are not explicitly addressed in the Bible. They are often referred to as the "gray" areas. How do we discern right from wrong when the Bible doesn't take a stand or never even addresses the issue? Let's not muddy the waters here. In many cases there should be no question to begin with. Lots of things a...

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Facing a Task Unfinished

God has called us to make disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:18-20). This may seem like a huge and daunting task. What can we do? What should we do? There are multiple options, but prayer should be at the top of the list. It is something all of us can do. In fact, Jesus commanded us to pray: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the...

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Who Killed Jesus?

"Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief" (Is. 53:10) "This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men" (Acts 2:23) "For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, alon...

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If There Is No Resurrection

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the foundation of our faith. It's not the icing on the doctrinal cake, it is the cake. The apostle Paul gives us a list of the detrimental consequences if there would be no resurrection. If there is no resurrection from the dead then: Christ has not been raised Our preaching is useless Our faith is empty We ar...

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What the Bible Says About Children

1. Children are loved by God (Joh. 3:16; Mark 10:13,14) 2. Children are unique, image bearers of God (Gen. 1:26) 3. Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5) 4. Children are vulnerable (Mat. 18:6) 5. Children are an example of faith (Mark 10:15) 6. Children are able to know and honor God (Mat. 21:15-17) 7. Children are sinners, just like adults (Ps. 51:7; M...

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I Am Angry

Almost all of us are angry at times, right? Anger is one of the emotions with which God has created us. We mirror God in this way because we find in Scripture that God is a God of wrath. So anger in itself is not wrong (Eph. 4:26). It is striking however, that we rarely evaluate our anger. God's anger is always pure, holy and righteous; He is God! Our anger often isn't. W...

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