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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  Our historical documents speak of great joys and incredible breakthroughs during those 250 years.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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Facing a Task Unfinished

God has called us to make disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:18-20). This may seem like a huge and daunting task. What can we do? What should we do? There are multiple options, but prayer should be at the top of the list. It is something all of us can do. In fact, Jesus commanded us to pray: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly ...

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A Sufferer Needs a Friend

If you are familiar with the story of Job you would probably agree with me that his friends were awful counselors. Their advice was not helpful for Job, on the contrary. With their false assessment that his suffering  was the result of his sin they only made matters worse. On top of it all, they misrepresented God. Job’s friends are not skilled physicians of the...

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Take Care How You listen

How often do we leave the church service unaffected? How about unchallenged? How frequently do we go home invigorated, encouraged or, dare I say it, changed? Going to church can easily equal going through the motions. Why? One reason is easily overlooked: we come unprepared. “Hey, be happy we’re here”, a father and mother of three small children may prot...

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Making a Difference in Your Local Church

How can you make a difference in your church? I once asked an ordinary church member (if there is such a person...) this question. His reaction surprised and troubled me. This young man stated that he didn’t think he was in any position to make a difference in his local church. When I asked him why, he answered: "I am not in a position of influence."  It is not...

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Idolatry in Church

Idolatry in church. The title sounds ridiculous. Does it really happen? Is it even possible? Churchgoers don’t worship statues. They don’t pray to icons or to Mary. When gathered together, we worship the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our songs sing His worth and our preaching expounds His character. But unfortunately idolatry is alive and well in the...

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A Letter to the Pastor

Dear Pastor, I am sending you this letter to explain my regular absence from the Sunday morning service. In my opinion it’s permissible to be absent from the church service for the following reasons: • Christmas (the Sunday before and after)• Easter (we’re on vacation that weekend)• Super Bowl Sunday (need to get ready for the party)• End ...

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