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Leftover Questions

June 12, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

The resurrection is proof of God's radical commitment to his creation. He loves all of it, and is committed to redeeming it completely. ... Keep Reading

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What's the Story?
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The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

May 29, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

My review of Judith Wallerstein's important book: "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce." On my 45th birthday I have much to be thankful for: family, friends, work. My entire life has been one example after another of falling backwards into grace. Yet with all those blessings, I am still haunted by my parents' divorce. Having deep instability at that point in your life shapes a person. I must continually bring those hurts to Jesus for healing. ... Keep Reading

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Law -- Words You Thought You Knew

May 22, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 2 Comments

The law goes far beyond our outward, bodily actions. We must keep the law from our hearts or we do not keep it at all. ... Keep Reading

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Romans

Putting Testosterone to Work

May 20, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 2 Comments

Why did God give men all this testosterone if He didn't want us to use it? We still have enemies we need to fight. Identify them, and fight to win.... Keep Reading

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Like a Man

Never By Yourself

May 8, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Week in and week out, we make promises to ourselves. We will never commit this sin again. We will throw away the phone number, the liquor bottle, or block the website. We make deals with ourselves, "I will let it slide this time, but if I commit that sin again, I'm going to confess. In truth, with the Holy Spirit you can put any sin to death but you will never do it by yourself. ... Keep Reading

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Like a Man
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Like a Man: Why Even Try?

April 28, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

God has saved us from sin and all its effects. As we strive toward holiness, he works in us making us desire what is good and empowering us to do what is good. ... Keep Reading

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Like a Man
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Like a Man

April 24, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

Clearly we have a sense that being a man means something. Even that a man is a noble thing to become. The bible shares that sentiment by the way (For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God . . . 1 Corinthians 11:7 ESV). We even seem to come into the world with an implicit knowledge that being a man involves hard and worthwhile tasks. So what does it mean to be a man, and how can we specifically as men grow in Christ? I want to answer those questions over the next few posts. ... Keep Reading

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Like a Man
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Confessions of an Ashamed Pastor

April 10, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

On most days shame overwhelms me. On most days I feel like I have disappointed those who know me best. On most days I feel like I have earned the scorn that I am sure everyone feels toward me. On most days I am so disappointed with myself, that I cannot even remember what Jesus thinks of me.... Keep Reading

While Christians have had their warts, we must remind ourselves that Christianity has had a tremendous positive impact on science, modern education, and social change for centuries. ... Keep Reading

Never Stop Asking Too Much

March 28, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 2 Comments

Because Jesus lives, we know he is still working. He is working to build his church that will prevail against the gates of hell. He is still working to find his lost sheep and bring them home. He will not stop working until he has redeemed every inch of this world, His world. ... Keep Reading