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A Pastoral Response to Black Lives Matter

Our culture is unraveling. What we see in the physical realm is simply a manifestation of what is happening in the unseen realm. The anger, hatred, fragmentation and anarchy are ultimately expressions of our great need for Christ. Black Lives Matter claims the movement is the answer to societal ills. Can Christians join in with BLM and still please God? Does the organizati...

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RELAUNCH UPDATE!

Since we first spoke of relaunch, our prayer has been to do what the Lord wants us to do, to not look at things simply as 'reopening,' rather to see relaunch for the holy time it is. Here are more details....

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Re-Launch-June 6 and 7?

Re-launch is not the same as 'reopen.' Reopening is synonymous with 'opening back up to resume 'business as usual.' Relaunch is a rare opportunity for God's people to recommit ourselves to doing all things for His glory and the blessing of many. For that to happen, we must walk in biblical truth, in love, pursue unity, be patient and wise, and we must do so as an interconn...

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Jesus, the Church, Coronavirus and Changing Times

We can trust our Lord and Savior in times of trial....

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Conversations in the Age of Coronavirus

Christ saves us to use us. He says we are to be salt and light, ambassadors. In a time of stress and uncertainty, this can be our finest hour if we walk by faith and run the race well that is set before us....

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The Man No One Missed

How we live our lives matters. We were made for relationship with God and others. We were not meant to isolate ourselves, nor were we meant to fall into the other extreme: depending on people like we should be depending on God. Don't waste your life...

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Concerning the Coronavirus

We are monitoring the situation closely. We must be in prayer. We are working on action plans for ministry in the event of a temporary shut down....

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On Prayer and Waiting on God

For too long, individuals and congregations have been more than content to pray in cursory fashion, develop plans and strategies, then ask God to bless those plans. In short, for quite some time, believers and churches are getting the 'best' they can get in their own strength, and missing out on the things only God can and will do. The way forward in rapidly changing times...

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Dateline December 26: The True Work of Christmas Begins Now

For many people, Christmas comes and goes, and then a sort of 'post-holiday' blues set in. The joy and quiet in the soul we experienced Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, seem gone with all of the wrappings and stuff that was once under the tree. It doesn't take long for people to go back to their old routines, even old (and sometimes, bad) attitudes. This should not be. Chr...

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Come Let us Adore Him: Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord's Supper Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord's Supper Service is a remarkable time to quiet our souls and worship our King, marveling at the Incarnation and Thanking our Lord for the Remarkable Gift of Himself. ...

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A Church in the Community, For the Communities.....

We are entering an incredible season of opportunity to bless and serve our communities and to do so in the Name of Jesus. This is who we are: A church in the community, for the communities and the world....

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Where Did We Go So Wrong? (And Other Questions in a Post-Christian Age)

Ideas have consequences. Philosophies and religions and no religion and every 'ism' imaginable leads to logical conclusions when fleshed out. For a culture that is seeking freedom and a brave new world by rejecting God, absolutes and embraced relativism and subjective individualism, the consequences are grave. The church must shine, not shrink back ....

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When Christianity isn't Comfortable

Jesus' primary concern is not our comfort, rather our becoming more like Him. He desires our ultimate good which means our sanctification and intimacy with Him, and that God is glorified in our lives. There are times in which those primary purposes are accomplished through trials, troubles, hardships and pain. ...

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Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

There are some exciting and new things taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays! Come check them out!...

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Praise God for V.B.S.!

Church family: Join with me in praising God for a FANTASTIC Vacation Bible School this past week! God really blessed the entire week, and it was a joy to see Him at work: childlren making decisions, many converations with parents and a wonderful crowd (over 80 children!) in addition, and perhaps what made it so very unique as I look back on so many V.B.S.'s over the past 3...

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Jesus, Vacation Bible School and the Great Commission

This coming Sunday, Stonebridge Baptist Church launches our summer Vacation Bible School! Thetheme this year is: 'Galactic Starveyors.' Sundaynight through Thursday night, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., children willlearn aboutThe God Who Created All Things. It is for young people who have completed Kindergarten-completed 6th Grade. Not only will they learnthat theOne who spoke all...

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Pilgrims,Tourists and Vagabonds in the New Dark Ages

Twobooks have profoundly grabbed my attention the past few months. One is "Impossible People," by Os Guinness, the other is "The Benedict Option," by Ron Dreher. Both books address something we may not want to hear, but if we are honest, can sense, because the evidence is all around us: Rome has already fallen (the West-and that includes America) and we (Christians) have ...

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Who Do You Serve?

Who or what we serve supremely matters....

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In Praise of Godly Moms

Motherhood is difficult, but incredibly rewarding. Godly mothers profoundly impact their children in a positive way. ...

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True Spirituality in Praying

We are continuing our series on 'True Spirituality,' as we walk through the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus goes straight for and to the heart in His message, because ultimately, He came to capture our hearts and set us free that we might be in relationship with our Father. Prayer is an important part of the Christian's life. We pray because the Lord commands it, because it is...

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Now the Work Begins

Because Jesus has risen from the grave, He is worthy of our absolute devotion, love and obedience...

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Walk Across That Room Before Easter Sunday!

That first step is often the hardest, but our lost friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and acquaintances need to hear the Good News!...

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Who Is This Jesus?

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Jesus made amazing claims about Himself. There are only so many options when it comes to these claims. Jesus was either a legend, a liar, a lunatic or He was who He claimed to be, and if He was and is who He claimed to be, we must respond to Him. ...

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2017: All In (Part 1)

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There is so very much to be thankful for! We journeyed far in 2016, and we have more to look forward to in 2017....

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