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“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Proverbs 19:21   A new year is like a clean slate. It brings renewed hope, along with the excitement of new plans and goals. Too many times, though, we strive to accomplish the wrong things.[...]

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“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people’. . . And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and[...]

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“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, ‘God with us.’” Matthew 1:23   Christmas is a time of celebration but not everyone is celebrating the same thing. As Christians, we celebrate something many say is[...]

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“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and[...]

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“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18   Thanksgiving is over. At least, that’s what most Americans think as they rush into Christmas preparations. For believers, however, thanksgiving is more than a brief season. We’re told to give thanks in everything; in[...]

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“And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan;” Mark 1:13   We’ve all given in to temptation at some point. Sometimes we even concede failure the moment it becomes intense. But only those who resist temptation know how strong it actually is. Jesus understands more about[...]

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By now, many of you are aware that I’ve accepted the call to be lead pastor at Journey Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Stacey and I are excited about this new opportunity to serve in local church ministry. Journey is definitely local for us; it’s literally five minutes from where we[...]

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“And immediately the Spirit brought Him out into the wilderness.” Mark 1:12   We sometimes think, “If only God would change the situation I’m in, then I could really live for Him.” But changing our circumstances wouldn’t remove all temptation because our own sinful desires would go with us. Adam[...]

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Something has become painfully but particularly clear in recent days. We’re witnessing the rise of so-called churches under the influence of so-called Christians. What do I mean? Well, the apostle Paul describes the “so-called brother” as one who professes to follow Christ, yet displays no clear distinction in attitude or[...]

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