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May 2009

I’ll let John Piper take a swing at answering this one: “If you’re used to a twenty-minute, immediately practical, relaxed talk, you won’t find that from what I’ve just described. I preach twice that long; I do not aim to be immediately practical but eternally helpful; and I am not relaxed. I am standing vigilantly…

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May 2009

So…”what did you get out of it“? Last night as we were discussing the sermon (Surrender to The Word of God) in our small group, I was struck by how often we ask this question.  In some instances it’s altogether appropriate.  For example, when used in reference to a business or legal agreement, reading a…

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May 2009

I was really struck by something that Robert said in the sermon this past Sunday. The essence of it was this: “If we truly treasure Jesus and the riches of the gospel above all else, then, by Godʼs grace, we can find the strength of heart to bring our children up in front of the…

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May 2009

In each Wednesday night Kids’ Community Group, we take time to focus on something mission-minded.  The past few times- and until the summer begins- we have focused on a different country each week where Christian kids are challenged because of their faith.  Our resource has been Kids of Courage where we learned first about Orissa,…

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Apr 2009

Mark your calendar for one of the most exciting opportunities to come to our region in awhile! On June 4-6, our good friends and partners in ministry, from Vintage21, The Summit and Christ the King, are hosting the “Advance 09” conference with John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, Bryan Chapell, Danny Akin, J.D. Grear, Ed Stetzer,…

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Apr 2009

I love gardens, I love growing things. Maybe it has to do with a connection to the original mandate on Adam to cultivate the garden, or maybe b/c it’s the only real artistic outlet in my life. Whatever it is, I like gardens. But you don’t just plan a garden one day and wake up…

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Apr 2009

Epaphras. That name has come to mean a lot to me as we have journeyed together through the book of Colossians. Epaphras was my counterpart at the church in Colossae and his story was this: he spent time in Ephesus hearing the Gospel preached by the Apostle Paul. Then he went to Colossae (probably his…

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Mar 2009

It’s always a challenge for me to teach about being a husband who loves his wife like Christ loves the church and who loves his kids enough to cultivate the character of Christ in their heart…mainly b/c I see anew just how inconsistent I am. So, after preaching last week about the responsibility that we…

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Mar 2009

Pastor and author Ted Tripp has done families a great service by writing books connecting the Gospel to raising kids. Not too long ago he did a weekend seminar at Mars Hill Church in Seattle based on his books Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Instructing a Child’s Heart. Mars Hill and The Resurgence have posted…

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Mar 2009

Last Fall we had a regional lunch for the Acts29 churches in the Southeast and the guys from Portico in Charlottesville put together this little video on the necessity of planting Gospel centered churches. They were kind enough to let us put it on the site (and kind enough to not put a lot of…

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