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Sola Fide ("Faith Alone")

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Saving Faith in Christ Faith or belief has become such an ambiguous term in our day and age, hasn't it? It reminds me of my days as a baseball player back in high school. "All you have to do is believe in yourselves!" said my high school baseball coach back in 1993. We were in the semi-final game of the CIF playoffs, one victory away from playing in Anaheim stadium for ...

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Sola Gratia ("Grace Alone")

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Grace Greater Than Our Sin Julia Harriette Johnston (1849-1919) was the daughter of a pastor, and faithful to the Lord, serving in her church in various capacities for more than 40 years. She authored several books, and made some important contributions within her denomination in the area of missions. But perhaps her greatest accomplishment was penning hundreds of hymns. ...

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Sola Scriptura ("Scripture Alone")

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The Bible is God's Word I will never forget August 15, 2007. An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude hit Peru's central coast. More than 500 people were killed, and many thousands were left without a home. A few of us arrived in Pisco a few days after the earthquake, in order to help in any way we could. You could smell death everywhere you walked, as many bodies were yet to b...

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Celebrating Our Christian Heritage

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The Protestant Reformation For Christians, every day of the week, every moment of each day is an opportunity to celebrate our great salvation, and all that we have in Christ Jesus. But there are also particular times of the year when we must pause and reflect upon our Christian heritage in a special way. October of each year is such a time. It's during October when ...

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Celebrating Our Unity Amidst Our Diversity in the Church

The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace I recall once doing a leadership conference in the Dominican Republic for both Dominican pastors and Haitian pastors. The first part of the conference was, to say the least, quite eye-opening, as most of these leaders from two different countries sat opposite one another, clearly with deeply settled resentment and disdain tow...

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When Sermons Become Songs

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The State of Our Hearts I love white noise. It's the sound created by combining countless different frequencies together into a single, complex concoction. White noise has the powerful ability to block out all of the other sounds and distractions around you. Whether you're trying to get work done at a bustling coffee shop, or some RR in a home of screaming toddlers, whi...

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Evidences of God's Grace

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The Fruit-Bearing Work of the Spirit Things will never be ideal on this earth. We understand that because we are sinners, imperfect and inadequate, we will always fall short of God's perfect standard. At the very moment of our salvation, we came to realize that our sin was great, but that Christ is a greater Savior. This recognition of our utter unworthiness and inabili...

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Christ, Our All-Sufficiency

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Complete in Him Not too long ago someone asked me, "Kempiz, you are nearing three years of serving in your current role. What has been the greatest thing God has taught you?" Aside from my immediate thought, "Three years is nothing..." the answer was an easy one, but admittedly, not profound, "I am weak, but Jesus is strong." This is the greatest lesson God has taught me ...

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A Heavenly Perspective

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Perspective changes everything. A student may panic from receiving a C+ on their latest exam, but knowing that they've already been accepted into their favorite grad school can lessen the blow. A person may freak out at seeing a $1,000 credit card balance, but knowing that a $3,000 check is coming in the mail may alleviate some of that stress. And a guy planning on prop...

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Meet Our New Youth Pastor, Summer Camp & More

Introducing Alex Mastrolonardo, our new Youth Pastor, beginning full-time on June 1st! ...

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