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Advent: The Wait

Posted onDecember 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Scripture, in its most intriguing portions, often introduces an obscure character, gives him or her something profound to say or do, only to let that person mysteriously vanish from the text verses later. Simeon (Luke 2: 25-35) was one such shadowy figure, known only by his righteousness, devotion and apparent long-suffering for Israel’s consolation. Imagine him as a gray-bearded saint – a John the Baptist type – full of the Spirit, groaning continually in the temple, waiting for the Messiah. Perhaps he’d stand post on the steps, looking out over the horizon, looking for a sign. ...Keep Reading

ADVENT: looking ahead as we celebrate the past

Posted onDecember 2, 2011 | 1 comments

The Christmas season is in full swing; the songs and sweets, parties and presents and the celebration of the greatest Gift ever given. But if we are not careful we will easily be caught up in the cultural tide of activity and materialism. This current promises to sweep away the joyful celebration and the hopeful anticipation of the coming of our Savior. The substance and significance of this season will be lost in the shadows of the land of our wanderings if we are not vigilant to prepare our minds to take action, setting our hope on the return of Christ....Keep Reading

It's A Wonderful Life

Posted onNovember 30, 2011 | 5 comments

It's A Wonderful Life is one of our family's favorite Christmas movies. It may be one of yours as well. We watched it again last night for the first time...this year...and I realized something. This movie is so loved, so easy to watch over and over not because we love the characters or the happy ending; though we do love both. What makes this movie so enduring is what the characters go through to get to the happy ending. It's full of disappointment, trial, tragedy, hatred, waiting and more waiting and more disappointment. And then in the most frustrating scene of the movie, the villain, Mr. Potter, takes advantage of an $8,000 mistake that threatens to shut down the Bailey Savings and Loan and land George Bailey in jail surrounded by scandal....Keep Reading

Thoughts On How To Schedule Your Day

Posted onMarch 8, 2011 | by: Allen Snapp | 0 comments

For those of you who, like me, are always looking for ways to increase your effective use of the time God has given us, here's a helpful post from Matt Perman's blog, What's Best Next......Keep Reading

Spirit-filled Boldness and the Gospel

Posted onFebruary 22, 2011 | by: Allen Snapp | 2 comments

This past Sunday I shared from Acts 3-4 and focused on the quality of boldness that the Holy Spirit brought to the disciples and will increasingly bring to us as we are filled with the Spirit. On Monday my family was sharing a devotional time from The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent and I read an entry called My Manifesto and all I could think was, "I wish I'd seen this before Sunday's message!" He has some great thoughts about boldness and the way the gospel undergirds our boldness that I thought you'd find encouraging and challenging. Enjoy!...Keep Reading

Ambition?

Posted onAugust 17, 2010 | 2 comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word "AMBITION"? This may not describe you, but in many Christian circles the word ambition conjures up negative feelings. More often than not, it's used to describe things that we desire but shouldn't be pursuing and is frequently preceded by the word selfish. Granted, James rightly instructs us as to the destructive nature of selfish ambition within the church......Keep Reading

The Faithfulness of God

Posted onMay 6, 2010 | 2 comments

This past Sunday we looked at Genesis 12:10-20; the story of Abram and Sarai going down to Egypt. After leaving his home country in faith, believing in the promises of God and the God of the promises, Abram encounters famine and fear. Trials lead to self-reliance which give way to failure as faith turns to faithlessness. But God reveals Himself as faithful, rescuing Abram and Sarai and preserving His promise of blessing for all people....Keep Reading

A thought on contentment from John Newton

Posted onMarch 26, 2010 | 0 comments

As the women begin their book study this week, reading and discussing "Calm My Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow, I thought it would be profitable for us all to consider the (sometimes hidden) sins of anxiety and discontentment in our own lives. In his book, "Respectable Sins", in his chapter on Anxiety and Frustration, Jerry Bridges quotes John Newton on the subject. Take the time to process and understand this quote...it's well worth it....Keep Reading

Dug Down Deep

Posted onFebruary 1, 2010 | 0 comments

Dug Down Deep has eleven chapters--eight of which are reflections on key Christian beliefs including the Doctrine of God, Scripture, the Person and Work of Christ, the Atonement and the Holy Spirit. Personal and narrative-driven, Dug Down Deep shares the questions, misconceptions and hang-ups Harris had what it's meant to allow Scripture's truth to reshape his thinking....Keep Reading