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Nothing Is Impossible With God

Nothing would ever be the same. Gabriel’s announcement would turn Mary’s existence upside down, for the rest of her life."You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus" (Lk. 1:31).  The sudden appearance of the angel left her perplexed. But his message even more. Mary would conceive a child, but as a virgin. She would give birth t...

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Simplify Christmas, Magnify Christ

Christmas is a time of great excitement and good cheer. But it also presents Christians with a sizable challenge. How do we keep the birth of Jesus front and center when we live a world that has turned Christmas into a commercial and sentimental circus?  How can we enjoy this time of year but not join the merry-go-round the world offers us? It is no small challenge, ...

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Seven Things About Deaconesses In The Church

Some churches have deaconesses and some have not. And the way deaconesses fulfill their role can be quite different from church to church. I know of a church where deaconesses are virtually co-leading the church with the elders. I have been in churches where they are treated as glorified janitors. Why do believers have a different take on this issue? What does the Bible sa...

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Is There Still Hope For Me?

She was in shock. The slippery slope of sin had brought her to a place where she thought she would never be. She knew her heart was capable of evil, but now the wickedness of her soul stared at her point-blank, dark and deep. It felt like the fingers of sin had grabbed her by the throat, squeezing out every breath of faith and future. Who hasn’t been at the end of t...

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Why We Don't Witness

Research shows that most Christians believe that God calls them to have Gospel conversations with unbelievers. But there is a pretty large gap between theory and practice. Lifestyle evangelism, showing Jesus by the way we live and the choices we make, is one thing. The verbal articulation of the Gospel to someone else is quite another. What is behind our hesitancy? And wha...

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A Daily Dose of the Gospel

We never outgrow the need for the Gospel. Jesus’ death and resurrection is not the ABC of the Christian life but the A-Z. God strengthens us through the Gospel until the day we die. Our calling and identity are rooted in Him. Therefore, we must daily preach the Gospel to ourselves. But what does this look like? How does the Gospel make a difference on let&rsquo...

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Care for Your Conscience

Our conscience is a wonderful gift from God. Every person comes equipped with one (Rom. 2:15). Conscience is “God’s watchman and spokesman in the soul” (J.I. Packer), generally reliable but not perfect. It can misfire, excusing our actions when they should be accused and accuse us when nothing is the matter. When shaped and ruled by God it will help us li...

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Parents, Talk With Your Children

We all know that the best type of communication is not a monologue, but in the world of parenting it often is. We tell our children to clean up their toys, eat with their mouth closed and stop teasing their sibling. It is not wrong to talk to our children. They need to hear our instruction, correction (and encouragement!). The problem is that we talk so little with our chi...

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Faithful Church

On July 15th and 16th of this year, our church celebrated its 250th anniversary. We commemorated that on July 16, 1767, thirteen men and women signed a covenant establishing, what was then called, the Baptist Church of Montague.  Our historical documents speak of great joys and incredible breakthroughs during those 250 years. For example, from 1830-1843 the church en...

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Black, White and Gray

Many decisions we make as Christians involve areas or activities that are not explicitly addressed in the Bible. They are often referred to as the “gray” areas. How do we discern right from wrong when the Bible doesn’t take a stand or never even addresses the issue? Let’s not muddy the waters here. In many cases there should be no question to begi...

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