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“…every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2   Scripture sets the clear expectation that we are to grow in our relationship with Christ. Maturing spiritually is a life-long process, not a one-time growth spurt. Consequently, we should see a steady progression as we[...]

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“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away;” John 15:1-2a   Today’s passage describes a sobering reality. Not every professing Christian is a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Now, it’s not our job to determine who[...]

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Yesterday, the Chick-fil-A Foundation announced changes in their approach to charitable giving beginning in 2020. Faith-based organizations like The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are no longer listed. So, many Christians took to social media to express their displeasure. Does the Chick-fil-A decision reveal hypocrisy? Yes, I think so.[...]

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“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Romans[...]

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As our nation drifts further away from biblical truth, a socially acceptable brand of Christianity is emerging. Cultural Christianity allows people to be religious without being seen as fanatical. Although their beliefs sound spiritual, they are radically different than biblical Christianity. So, while we share the term, Christian, we part[...]

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In recent weeks, millions of people have been discussing this question: does Jesus still love Christians who have sex outside of marriage? You’re probably not aware of this conversation unless you’re following the current season of The Bachelorette. Now, you’re also probably wondering why an old preacher like me is[...]

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“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Some version of this statement is attributed to Edmund Burke (1729-1797), George Santayana (1863-1952), and Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). I think this statement is so often repeated because it’s based in truth; and it still resonates. Those words[...]

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Lately I’ve been struck by the number of hyphenated-Christians emerging in the American Church. We hear the various religious views of Baptist or Presbyterian-Christians, Republican or Democrat-Christians, White or African-American Christians, and Male or Female-Christians. The most recent is LBTG-Christians. What? I guess that makes me a white-male-heterosexual-Southern Baptist-Christian. In[...]

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