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  • Looking for a Place Where I Belong (Inspired by Switchfoot)

    In September 2011, Switchfoot released the album Vice Verses. In my opinion, they saved the best for last. Track 12 is entitled “Where I Belong” and, despite strong competition, this song is by far my favorite on the CD. In fact, it has stirred my heart in a special way, so I wanted to share some thoughts…

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  • Understanding Grace (What the Bible Teaches)

    Few subjects are more precious to the Christian than GOD’s grace. Here is a look at what the New Testament says about the subject of grace. Grace Defined The word “grace” appears 141 times in the NKJV Bible (18 in the OT and 123 in the NT).The Greek word translated “grace” is χάρις (charis—Strong’s 5485).The…

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  • Remembering 9/11: Ten Years Later

    In some ways it feels like yesterday, in others, a lifetime ago. It’s been 10 years since that horrifying day that, for at least the next 90 years, will be known simply as “nine-eleven.” I don’t have any direct connections with those who lost loved ones that day. The closest involvement I have is a…

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  • The Practicality of GOD’s Commands

    CBSSports.com writer Gregg Doyel once wrote an article entitled “Blood spilled at games because of alcohol sales must stop.” (Update: The article is no longer available.) Doyel referenced the recent violence which has occurred at sporting events and the frequent (invariable even?) connection to alcohol. I applaud Mr. Doyel for writing the truth on this…

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  • The World’s Greatest Story (GOD’s Grace)

    If someone asked you what is the world’s greatest story, what would you say? For me, this is an easy question. It’s the story of GOD’s grace. And it goes something like this…

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  • GOD is Longsuffering (Studying GOD’s Character)

    Let’s look at the longsuffering nature of GOD. The word “longsuffering” appears 16 times in the NKJV translation. The word “patient” appears 12 times. “Patience” is found 25 times. The Hebrew word translated “longsuffering” means “longsuffering patient, slow to anger.” GOD is slow to get angry. In other words, when we sin He is immediately…

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  • Salvation Takes More Than Belief (What Must I do to be Saved?)

    “What must I do to be saved?” Many claim that all a person has to do to be saved is believe that Jesus is the Son of GOD or pray the sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus into their hearts. But this is a partial gospel—a false gospel that doesn’t save because it leaves people outside…

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  • What Does the Bible Say About Division within the Church?

    Let’s begin by considering a few Scriptures that discuss church division. 17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive…

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  • Top 10: Reasons I Look Forward to Heaven

    I don’t know anything that is more encouraging than thinking about and anticipating heaven. Here are my top ten reasons why I’m looking forward to heaven. July 2017 Note: I first created this top ten list in mid-2011. Time and continued study and growth has changed my list somewhat. Here is my updated list. April…

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  • Godly Ways to Discipline a Child

    How should parents discipline their kids in a godly way? GOD’s wisdom for disciplining children is quite different than the world’s wisdom. “The two topics about which people are least open to receiving advice are parenting and religion.”—Anonymous I heard some variation to this quote years ago and have found it to be quite true,…

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  • Atlanta Fest 2011 – Sanctus Real

    Thursday afternoon, June 16, Sanctus Real kicked off the evening concerts on the main stage. It was about 100 degrees with the sun beating down on us when they played. The crowd was obviously struggling to get into the set, probably due to the heat, but the band played a wonderful set. For me, the…

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  • Atlanta Fest 2011 – Reilly: A Personal Favorite

    On Thursday, we had the opportunity to see an up-and-coming band called Reilly. We first heard of them at Atlanta Fest 2010 where we saw them play and, quite frankly, were blown away at their unique and powerful sound. Honestly, they were one of the reasons we came back this year. We met their drummer,…

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  • Atlanta Fest 2011 – Switchfoot

    Atlanta Fest 2011 kicked off on Wednesday evening with Switchfoot. This was the third time I’ve seen Switchfoot play and they are my favorite live band, hands down. They bring an energy and passion that I have found to be unmatched, and their songs speak to my heart. The passion they have for enjoying life…

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  • Singing and Instruments in Worship (What the Bible really says)

    In this article, I examine what the Bible really says about the subject of singing and using musical instruments in worship. This is an emotional topic for many people. To help ensure we consider the subject honestly and without predetermined conclusion, let’s pause and pray for GOD’s blessing. What is worship, exactly? Before we dive in,…

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  • How Innocent Young Children Preserve a Piece of Eden

    What connection exists between young children today and the Garden of Eden? During His ministry, Jesus made several interesting statements about children. Let’s look at a few examples: 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to…

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  • Timing of the Last Supper and Crucifixion

    One of the most intriguing and difficult topics I’ve studied in the past year is the timing of the events surrounding Jesus’ death and, in particular, the meal which is commonly referred to as the Last Supper. When did Jesus eat the Last Supper? Was this meal the Passover? After learning what I found, I…

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  • What Does it Mean to be Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)?

    Salt enhances taste, preserves, and irritates. As Christians we improve the taste of life to the lost and dying world. We improve the overall “taste” of humanity to GOD. We sow seed and water in the hearts of people which helps yield new branches on GOD’s vine. Salt keeps meat from spoiling, and Christians keep…

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  • Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to ‘Good’ People?

    This post was written by Jon Atchison. If there was ever a question that parted the lips of humankind, it is this one, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Often this question is asked of Christians by non-believers or by skeptics looking for a good argument. Isn’t this ironic: a world that doesn’t want…

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  • What is the Abundant Life that Jesus Promised?

    In John 10 we find these words of Jesus: 7 So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep. 8 All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them. 9 I am…

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  • What Altars Do You Have in Your Life?

    This post was written by Jon Atchison. Early one morning, I was thinking and praying about random stuff and the thought of “altars” came to mind. I thought of it throughout the day and decided to look up “altars” and see what significance they really had in the lives of OT Christians. I had a…

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  • How Often Should we Have Communion? (Lord’s Supper Frequency)

    How often should Christians observe the Lord’s Supper? Practice varies between churches. Let’s examine the Scriptures and also look at some insight from other early Christian writers regarding what they did. The Acts 20:7 Debate Probably the best starting point for examining the Scriptures on this subject is to look at Acts 20. For most…

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  • What Does the Bible Say About the Role of the Holy Spirit?

    What does the Bible say about the role of the Holy Spirit? Here is what the New Testament says about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is… Past Activities of the Holy Spirit

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  • What Does it Mean to Worship?

    What does it mean to worship, according to the Bible? Have you ever studied this? I am convinced that the question what does it mean to worship is one of the most important and misunderstood truths in all of the Bible. Worship is one of the most talked about, and yet least often defined subjects.…

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  • Overview of Synagogues (How Synagogues Began)

    Per Wikipedia.org: “During the Babylonian captivity (586–537 BCE) the Men of the Great Assembly began the process of formalizing and standardizing Jewish services and prayers that did not depend on the functioning of the Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, one of the leaders at the end of the Second Temple era, promulgated the…

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  • Life’s Most Important Question (What must I do to be saved?)

    “What must I do to be saved?” It’s life’s most important question, and the answers people give to it vary significantly. (Just google it; you’ll see.) Rarely are the most popular belief and the truth the same. And such is the case when it comes to the question of salvation. Since there are varying answers…

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