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A death to redeem us

On Christmas Eve, we talked about a child who was born to save us. We talked about his purpose. Tonight, we see that baby, now grown, fulfill it. And I have to warn you - it's not pretty. No longer a cuddly little baby in swaddling clothes, this grown man had been beaten, stripped, mocked, whipped, and could barely physically drag his pulp of a body out to this hill for the climax of this cruelty. It is not pretty. Yet this Friday is Good, precisely because it is Him doing what He came for. In order to save us ...

April 17, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Yes, he rose

Just a Thought: Did Jesus really rise from the dead? And does it really even matter? The answer to both questions is an emphatic YES!

April 17, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


God will have his way

Just a Thought: God will have His way; His will, will be accomplished. If this is so, why do we need to bother to do anything? Why don't we just sit back and "let God?"

April 03, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


In the Shadow of the Cross

I was blind for an hour. And that was enough. Granted, I paid for the privilege when that exhibit "Dialogue in the Dark" was in Atlantic Station. It gave you the chance to experience life blind for a short time. I'll just say it was an eye-opening experience. I don't know how truly blind people do it.

April 03, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


See sin for what it is —

Last week, we started looking at Genesis 3, that story of the first sin, to try to understand why we do some of the things we do. We compared it to the victims in a horror movie opening the door that we know so much danger is behind. Like helpless moviegoers, we watched Adam and Eve walk through that door. We saw how dangerous Satan's lies are to lead us to sin.

March 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Understanding death

Just a Thought: Have you ever contemplated death? No, I don't mean causing death, just "death." Where did it come from? Why does it come? What hope do we have in light of God's truth: "…you are dust, and to the dust you will return" (Gen.3:19) "What man can live and not see death?" (Ps. 89:48a) It is appointed for men to die…(Heb. 9:27; James 4:14).

March 20, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a Thought: It begins with individuals

Just a Thought: Let the church rise up!

March 13, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Grace Notes: See sin for what it is

I just can't watch horror movies. I get too frustrated. You see, it bugs me that they always go through that door.

March 13, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Just a Thought: Callous about sin?

Do you have any features that look like your mom's or dad's? Maybe you have his eyes, her nose or some other characteristic. Do you have any of your heavenly Father's features? "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God…" (Rev.4:8) But what about His children? We are told throughout scripture that we are to be as He is; (Lev. 11:44a; 19:2; 20:7,26; 1 Peter 1;15; 1 John 1:7).

March 06, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Grace Notes: The Son shines proof

Last Wednesday, at about midnight, one guy shoved something up my dad's nose, another person shoved something down his throat, and then the kicker – this guy took a knife and cut my dad's midsection wide open. And we thanked him for it.

March 06, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Just a Thought: What is your life?

Psalms 139 is the strongest, most undeniable argument for when "life" begins in the womb. This passage makes it very clear all life is divinely ordained by God, formed by God, and designed by and developed by God. Having said that, let's talk about our own life.

February 27, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


If I only had a year to live ...

Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 (Contemporary English Version): "What do we gain by all of our hard work? I have seen what difficult things God demands of us. God makes everything happen at the right time.

February 27, 2014 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Grace notes: What's the point

We go through a lot to do "church". Think of the time and money and effort and energy put into making sure we've got a place to meet on Sundays, all the work that goes into the various events and traditions. People give up so much in the name of church, so today I ask you, "Why?" What's the point?"

February 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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Champions

Hebrews 12:1-2: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne," (NLT).

November 10, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Columnists


All Saints’ Day

Nov. 1 on the church calendar is known as "All Saints Day." Most of us are more familiar with the celebration of all hallow eve (known today as Halloween), but we have forgotten the true significance of these events.

November 10, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Responsibility and rights

One of the great maladies of our society today is our insistence on rights but our neglect of responsibility. We expect to have the right to do whatever we want when we want but then we think of responsibility only in terms of others.

November 03, 2008 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists


Intelligent Design

Would you like to watch a humorous, intelligent, thought provoking movie this weekend? "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" starring Ben Stein was just released on DVD. I saw it yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommend it highly. As the title suggests, the movie is about the discrimination that some scientists have received when they dared to suggest that the apparent designs and patterns in nature could be explained by an intelligent designer of nature. This theory is known by the initials ID and is anathema to the official science community.

November 03, 2008 | John Donaldson | Columnists


Who is your Alpha?

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End," (Rev 22:13).

November 03, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Some of the people

OK, I admit it. At my worst, I'm a people pleaser. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to worry about what other people think. The funny thing is that worrying becomes such a habit that I don't even know that I'm doing it. I'm surprised when my stomach gurgles, my neck stiffens or my palms sweat.

October 27, 2008 | By Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Security

Lately I have had this sinking feeling. It comes every night at 7 p.m. when I listen to the national news - unemployment is up, the stock market is down, and I surmise that my retirement account has shrunk, again. It feels like I'm on a boat out in deep water, miles from the shore, a storm has come up, the waves are breaking over the bow, and the boat is starting to sink. Any of you feel this way too?

October 27, 2008 | By John Donaldson | Columnists


Knowing Christ

One of the common arguments raised against the Christian religion is the age old question, "What about the innocent native who has never heard of Christ? What happens to them when they die?"

October 27, 2008 | By John Pearell | Columnists


Letting Go

A crimson leaf swirls gently to my feet. Autumn is here. Whenever I have climbed into my own rut and started taking things for granted, God awakens me with a magnificent view.

October 20, 2008 | By Lisa Hetzel | Columnists


Who is saved

"He drew a circle to shut us out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout; but love and I had the wit to win; we drew a circle that took him in." - Edwin Markham, American Poet

October 20, 2008 | By John Donaldson | Columnists


Praise now or later

"May all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great." (Psalm 138:4-5, NIV).

October 20, 2008 | By John Pearell | Columnists


Stouthearted proclaimation

"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the 'gods' I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted" (Psalm 138:1-3, NIV).

October 13, 2008 | John Pearrell Columnist | Columnists


Donuts for breakfast

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. …Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he ...

October 13, 2008 | John Donaldson Columnist | Columnists


Showing love to difficult people

Recently, my pastor challenged the congregation to go 24 hours without complaining. When he made that request, I thought, "OK, I'll take that challenge." By three o'clock, I fell off the wagon and wondered how the rest of the church faired.

October 13, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson Columnist | Columnists


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