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The 300 Israelites vs. The 300 Spartans

"The Lord said to Gideon, 'The people who are with you are too many for me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, staying, 'My own power has delivered me'" (Judges 7:2). As I was working on an upcoming sermon on the book of Judges I found myself amazed by God's power that he showed in crushing the Midianite army with a force of only 300 Isr...

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Sunday School is History!

For many of us, the first century time of the Apostles is the most that we really know about church history. We know the book of Acts, and then we know today (and probably a lot of talk about the Reformation)! However, a lot has happened in the remaining 1900 years up until today! And those things that have happened are far more impactful, interesting, and important than m...

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Go Ahead and Reprove Me

There is more communication going on in our own day and age than ever, and yet people are also probably reproved less than they've ever been. But true reproof is something that the Bible tells us we should welcome. ...

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Trusting and Delighting in 2018

Trusting and Delighting

We are all far greater worshipers than we may give ourselves credit for. The sad truth though, is that it’s often all the wrong things that we delight in and worship. ...

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Remembering Dr. Sproul

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“Every single moment of life that we experience on this planet is tied to eternity.” ...

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Looking Back on a Year

Looking Back on a Year

This month, then, is the one-year anniversary of my installation as the Pastor here. In that time a lot of things have happened in our church family....

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How Can We Prepare to Help in Texas?

We don’t know the full reality of the devastation or the damage. In fact, the roadways are still flooded and impassible in most of the Houston area. FEMA is already talking about the work they will be doing in the Houston area in terms of years, and not months. What can we do, as a church? I’m already getting phone calls and messages from people asking what we, as a ch...

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Learning to Listen

Let me suggest that, as a church, there is no quick fix for us to solve the racial problems around us. I do want to suggest, however, that the first step is the same first step that the Apostles took in Acts 6, and that’s listening. When our brothers and sisters tell us that they’re hurting, let’s listen. Let’s hear that. Let’s take it seriously. ...

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End the Spiritual Boom-Bust Cycle

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Most experts seem to agree that an economic boom-bust cycle is not ideal, but it is what we’ve lived with for the last hundred years or so in the United States. I wonder how many of us as Christians have decided to live with a boom-bust cycle in our spiritual lives....

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Why Is it Okay to Mix Threads Now?

One thing I have noticed is that when a Christian is challenged on the subject of sexual morality, one of the responses that is most common is for the other person to say, “Well the Bible says you’re not supposed to mix threads together, but your shirt is a polyester cotton blend. So you’re a hypocrite and you just pick one rule out of your Bible and ignore the other...

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17 Ways to Glorify God

17 Ways to Glorify God

Thomas Watson shares seventeen ways that Christians can glorify God in their lives....

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Died He For Me?

Died He for me

Is the author of The Shack right? Is the cross really abuse? Is that a fair way to talk about penal substitutionary atonement? ...

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Children's Ministry Matters for the Church

Childrens Ministry Matters

Christian education does not exist in order to just keep the kids (or adults!) busy or even to create a knowledgeable group of people in the church. Rather, Christian education, with discipleship as its goal, exists to produce spiritual unity, knowledge, and holiness among Christians....

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Taking Pleasure in Our Mysterious God

Taking Pleasure in our Mysterious God

We will never fully plumb the depths of God and Who He is. We will never run out of questions. He is an infinite well of joy, pleasure, and mystery....

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Strategies for Battle in the New Year

The year 2017 will be a year of warfare for our souls, as we tangle once again with our old enemies: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Central to that warfare is the Word of God. ...

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Do You Need Reasons to Come to Church on Christmas?

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One of the sad realities of the day in which we live is that a small percentage (3%) of American churches are cancelling their Sunday services this year because it happens to fall on December 25th, 2016. We at Pearl Presbyterian Church will be having our morning services on December 25th this year, just as always. I want to share a few reasons why....

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Luther and the Madness of Forgiveness

Luther was once asked by one of his parishioners why he kept preaching about the Gospel. Why not move on to other things? Luther is said to have responded, "I keep reminding you because you and I keep forgetting."...

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Escape from Hopelessness

Ernest Cline's best-selling book Ready Player One tells the story of a dystopian near-future in which the world has fallen into such depressingly hopeless disrepair that people have no hope for joy in the real world....

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