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The Final Four: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell

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Join us for the next four weeks as we take the journey every church must travel. We will study death, the judgment, heaven and hell. We will answer our questions, feel our fears, and emerge more ready to enjoy life than ever. ...

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What Is Lent and Why Can't You Eat Chocolate?

Lent reminds us that suffering is not pointless, that there must be a death in order to be a resurrection....

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On Guilt and Anxiety

Your sin is no match for God’s love. He has overwhelmed and forgiven it. ...

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Church Should be Easy - new

According to Harold Best, God created worshippers. We were created pouring out worship. Each member of the Trinity continually worships the others. God created us in his image. We were created to pour out worship upon the Trinity, but since we are fallen we worship created things rather than the creator....

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Awakenings, Revivals, and RiverOaks

Awakenings occur within the church. People who have continued to come to church for years realize that they have never known Jesus, never felt his love, never hated their sin, never really believed. ...

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What is Holy Week and How do I prepare for it?

The last week of March, starting on Palm Sunday, March 25th, and culminating on Easter Sunday, April 1st, is known as ‘Holy Week.’ Some consider this week the most important week in the entire church year. During this week, we follow the timeline of Jesus’ last week before His resurrection. You can read about this ‘final week’ in all four of the gospels, Matthew,...

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On Baptizing Children

If you’re reading this, it’s because of your desire to see your infant, or young child baptized, and brought into covenant fellowship with the Body of Christ, the Church. This is a good a right desire! It’s the intent of this brief letter to lay out some theological and practical points for you to consider as you plan and pray about embracing this sacrament....

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Come Thou Long Unexpected Jesus - new

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When Jesus finally appeared, he fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 53 perfectly. Therefore, he was the opposite of what we expected....

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As We Study the Book of Job

A lot of people think that the book of Job is just about a good man who suffers a lot, is patient in the suffering, and then is rewarded for the patience. But, it’s actually quite a lot more complex and interesting than that....

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Christmas letter

Why does giving make us feel good? Because our heavenly father is a giver, and when we give we imitate him. ...

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