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Reformation Day

This year, October 31, 2017, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Unfortunately, many in our churches across this nation have not heard of the reformation, or have little-to-no knowledge of what was involved.  In fact, many in our churches will refer to October 31st as Halloween.



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Multi-site churches

Today seems to be a trend to have one church with multiple sites.  The way this works is that there is one preaching pastor and several, in some cases, as much as 10, different locations.  Each location meets regularly each week, sing the songs, have their announcements and their special music, and then, at a specified time, the preaching is live-streamed from another location.  This has always been puzzling to me and recently, I read an article published by Mark9 ministries.  This article made so much sense to me, that I have decided to re-print it here, word for word.  It is written by Jonathan Leeman, the Editorial Director of 9Marks, and an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. You can find him on Twitter at @JonathanDLeeman



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The Local Church

It suddenly occured to me that the possiblity exist that most do not understand the term local church.  While most churches exist to have a ministry to the community, and yes, the local church is a group of gathered people, it does not seem to be the focus of many Christians today.



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Election 2016

November 08 is Election Day.  In most states, people can vote early so I recognize that several million have already voted.  It is hard to imagine voting for someone whose beliefs and practices contradict the principles of the Bible.



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Healthy Marriages

While doing a hospital visitation, I overheard a conversation in an elevator between three nurses.  One of the nurses was getting married and she was talking about her excitement in getting married, she made the comment, “I am not going to move everything I own to the house, just in case this doesn’t work.”  It occurred to me, she was not planning for the marriage to succeed.  In fact, quite the contrary, she was planning for the marriage to fail.  This seems to be the attitude of most today.  We have prenuptial agreements and contingency plans in case of failures and all of this is to make it easier to end the marriage.  In his classic book, “Communication: Key to Your Marriage”, H. Norman Wright states: “That once permanent bastion of security and ‘til death do us part’ commitment has become for too many an impermanent gamble lasting ‘til divorce seems convenient.’”1



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My love for Romans

Recently, I finished a verse-by-verse sermon series through the book of Romans.  What is unusual about this is that in all my 33 years of ministry, I had never attempted this.  In fact, because of my professor in Bible College, I became intimated by the book of Romans.  The series took me 2 ½ years to finish and has become the most life changing series that I have ever preached.  I can honestly say the book of Romans has energized me and reminded me to “finish strong.”



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