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A Day in the Life of a Presbyterian: The Session Meeting

What actually happens at a session meeting?...

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The Order of Salvation, Part 1: Introduction

What is the order of the steps that God uses to save us?...

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Distinctive Discipleship: Being Salt and Light

A quote on what it looks like to be salt and light....

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Bonhoeffer on Forgiveness

This past weekend, we had our third annual Youth Winter Retreat. We were joined by some of the youth of Church of the Resurrection (PCA) in Flagstaff. We had a great time! The theme of the retreat was "The Gospel for Me and for You," and we discussed how the gospel changes us individually as well as in relationship with each other. One talk I gave was about how the gospel...

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The Christian Life: Brotherly Love

As I was doing my devotions this morning, I came across this verse: "Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another" (1 Thes 4:9). What an incredible commendation! Paul didn't need to tell them how to love one another because they were already doing it so well! Compare this to ...

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People, Places, and Prophets...or "What do we do with the boring parts of the Bible?"

Let's face it. Some parts of the Bible are more interesting than others. Reading about the parceling of the Promised Land in Joshua 13-21, with its seemingly never-ending list of cities and villages,doesn't exactly get your blood pumping for your morning devotions. The same thing could be said about the genealogies of 1 Chronicles or dozens of chapters in the Prophetical b...

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Favoritism, Hospitality, and No Hunting!

Do we play favorites at church?...

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"Broadchurch" and Human Sinfulness

I have a confession...I like BBC TV shows. Most recently, I watched the first season of "Broadchurch," a drama focusing on two small-town detectives, Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller, who are investigating the murder of a pre-teen boy. While there is quite a bit about the show I cannot recommend, there is a fascinating scene in an early episode where Hardy and Miller are discus...

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The Christian Life: What Does Forgiveness Look Like?

Do we really understand what it means to say, "I forgive you"?...

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The Christian Life: Must We Always Forgive?

As Christians, we're called to forgive others since we've been forgiven by God. But must we always forgive, no matter what?...

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