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Why We Proclaim God's Word

God's Word is timeless. Truth does not change. While our culture is rapidly seeking to redefine so many things and the cancel culture seeks to silence voices that do not conform to politically correct views, Christians face a choice: to preach/teach/speak the Truth in love, or to reject or twist the Truth in the name of love. How we respond is supremely important....

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Words For the American Church From the Front Lines of Post-Christian Europe

America is rapidly sliding into secularism. Many in the American evangelical church are worried, scared or confused. Others still have no idea as to the severity of the storm that is already making landfall. I am thankful to call Pastor/Professor Pietro Ciavarella my friend and brother in Christ. Pietro pastors in Firenza (Florence), Italy, birthplace of the Renaissanc...

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Young Women (and Parents) in Rapidly Changing Times

Many young women (and their parents) are confused over the issue of what it means to be a female. The church must unapologetically proclaim the Truth, speaking Goodness into these confusing times....

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Young Men are Looking for Answers Everywhere but the Church

Young men (and even men in their 40's) are turning to a group of men who have much to say about manhood, some of it good, some of it slightly off base, some of it the gospel of self-help as opposed to Gospel, and most of it a form of Stoicism because they were not taught what it means to be a man in the home, did not see it modeled, are taught by the culture that manhood i...

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What to Make of Joshua Harris' 'Decision?'

There are many lessons we can learn from the recent, sad news of Joshua Harris not only abandoning his marriage, but also renouncing his faith in Christ. ...

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Beyond Ministry as Usual

We must implement a comprehensive discipleship platform that impacts families if we are to build strong disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and if we are to make disciples in this ever changing culture....

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Missions: What is Your Field?

Look around you. The opportunities to be on mission are far more than you realize....

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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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A Response to the National Church Assault Scandals

Sexual assault and predatory behavior have no place among the people of God and Stonebridge Baptist Church will do everything in our power to make our church one that honors God....

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Lessons Learned From Pastors and Churches in Europe

Evangelical Christians can learn much from our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Western Europe. As America slides into a Post-Christian culture, there will be new challenges for most believers in the culture. We can learn from those who stand firm overseas....

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That is a Human Being: Speaking Truth to Power

With recent events in the states of New York and Virginia, and calls for more similar legislation in more states, Christians must have a clear, Biblical understanding of the sanctity and value of human life. And, Christians must be willing to lovingly but clearly and firmly articulate Truth and take redemptive, positive action to minister to the unborn to save lives. ...

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What Churches Must Do in Rapidly Changing Times

As our culture rapidly changes and moves toward a new type of Dark Age, evangelical Christians in America must have a compelling vision for not only preserving the faith, but advancing the kingdom despite increasing hostility and opposition. ...

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Why We Need The Ancient Paths

The way forward in this new 'Dark Age' is to return to the ancient paths....

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Christianity, the Church and Cutural Engagement in a New Dark Age: Part One

Christianity is facing a new challenge in America, an emerging Dark Age in which the culture is defined in 'post-Christian' terminology, a culture that has for the most part, rejected Biblical Christianity and embraced all forms of philosophies, spiritualities and belief (and non belief) systems. ...

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Lessons in Faith from Abraham

If you're going to grow in Christ, you must be stretched. Trials and tests are God's ordained means of growing our faith....

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Reading Genesis not only allows us to learn more of God, we also learn more about our human condition, sin, redemption, life, faith and how God has been working throughout history for His glory and the blessing and salvation of many....

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Mother's Day and New Sermon Series

From one sermon series to another, we will see how God continues to call us to walk by faith...

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NEW SERMON SERIES, 'EPIC:HOW CHRIST CHANGES OUR STORIES'

Jesus saves and changes us. He takes our old story and gives us a new one, a life with Him and a purpose found in Him. No matter where you come from, what you've done, what your story is, Jesus is willing and able to give us completely new starts, new hearts and new stories...

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Thanking God and Moving Forward in Faith

We have so much to be thankful for and we must continue to move forward in faith....

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Praying for Revival Not Revivalism

Our churches need revival. God is working in our church. We must not confuse praying for authentic revival with revivalism. ...

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God is Blessing Stonebridge!

We should always thank God for His grace and mercy toward us...

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NEW SERMON SERIES: 'FAMILY MATTERS'

2018 Begins with a focus on the family in the sermon series 'Family Matters.' Worship with us and learn with us what God's design for the family is, His purpose for family and how families can experience wholeness and renewal and health...

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November: Emphasizing Thankfulness

This month we are emphasizing the importance of thankfulness and gratitude. We will continue this emphasis through the last weekend of November when we will begin our Christmas series. Gratitude and thankfulness seem to be in short supply in our culture today. The tragic irony: never in the history of humanity have a people had so much wealth and material possessions, to ...

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Season of Prayer

If we are to move forward in a way that honors Christ we must be in tune with the Holy Spirit and abiding in Christ. As such, we must be united in prayer....

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An Unstoppable Church

The Church of Jesus Christ should be an unstoppable force. Perhaps in America, we are focused more on man and not Christ, the Head of the Church....

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Finding Our Story in Genesis 1-11

Why is life the way it is? Why is the world the way it is? We can see things are broken and fragmented. Why is that the case if God created everything? Especially, why is it this way if God is both All Powerful and Completely Good? Where is the Hope? Journey with us as we begin a new study in Genesis starting July 30, 2017!...

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