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The purpose of marriage

  Marriage continues to be under attack in our culture. From changing definitions of marriage to same-sex unions to a still-climbing divorce rate, some see marriage as a failed institution, a relic of an antiquated belief system. And…

Opportunity for worship – O Magnum Mysterium

I wanted to pass along one final opportunity for worship this holiday season. O Magnum Mysterium was composed by Morten Lauridsen, one of America’s most performed composers, and my primary composition instructor when I studied at the University…

Linus, his blanket, and the meaning of Christmas

I just came across this article on crosswalk.com about a moment in A Charlie Brown Christmas I had never noticed before: In that climactic scene when Linus shares “what Christmas is all about,” he drops his security blanket, and I am now…
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Teach us to pray

  John Piper has produced a beautiful new video on the Lord’s Prayer titled “Teach Us to Pray.” It’s about 4 minutes long and is a great opportunity for worship. I encourage you to watch it.

Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms

  I have been a big proponent of praying the Psalms for many years. A recent article by Donald Whitney titled “Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms” offers some practical reasons why praying the Psalms can be a great help to you.…
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The lost coin

  In Luke 15, Jesus tells three stories to describe his love for the lost, and how far he is willing to go to restore them. His first story was about a shepherd and a lost sheep. This time He uses the example of a woman and a lost coin. “Or…
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Restoring the lost sheep

(This is the third in a series of posts on the Parable of Luke 15. You can read the previous posts here and here.) In the last post we talked about the immense value of the one lost sheep to the shepherd, and saw that this is a picture…
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The value of each one

(This is the second in a series of posts on the Parable of Luke 15. You can read the first post here.) The first of the three stories Jesus shares is the Parable of the Lost Sheep. It is found in Luke 15:4-7. “Suppose one of you has…
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The Parable of Luke 15

In Luke 15 Jesus shares three stories: the story of the lost sheep, the story of the lost coin, and the story of the lost son. Many editions of Scripture refer to each of these stories as a parable, but in verse 3 we see that Jesus introduces…
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With all your heart

Let’s spend some time in one of the most quoted passages in the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Trust…