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Chesterton on Self-Confidence


Once I remember walking with a prosperous publisher, who made a remark which I had often heard before; it is, indeed, almost a motto of the modern world. Yet I had heard it once too often, and I saw suddenly that there was nothing in it. The publisher said of somebody, "That man will get on; he believes in himself." And I remember that as I lifted my head to listen, my eye...

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Bonhoeffer Executed 78 Years Ago Today


On July 20, 1944, an assassination attempt against Hitler titled "Operation Valkyrie" failed. Bonhoeffer was charged for knowing about the plot. On April 8, 1945, he was court-martialed without representation and sentenced to death. The next day, Bonhoeffer was ordered to strip naked before being hanged. Hermann Fischer-Hllstrung, a Flossenbrg prison doctor, described Bo...

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2000 Years & the Art of the Cross


Top left corner: The oldest known depiction of the Crucifixion of Jesus seems to be some Roman graffiti from about the year 200 AD. It's called the Alexamenos Graffito and it's a mockery of Christianity - Jesus has the head of a donkey and the words say: "Alexamenos worships his God." Bottom right corner:After WWII Salvador Dal (1954) entered his "nuclear mysticism" phase...

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Easter Egg Hunt on April 8

Join us on Saturday, April 8 at 10am for a 1000+ egg hunt along with a bouncy house and lots of Easter cheer! ...

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Jesus Speaks in Syllogisms

A syllogism is a logical formula consisting of two premises and a conclusion, which follows of necessity from them. It is a combination of two judgments that necessitate a third judgment infallibly....

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Prayer for Fruitfulness Introduction

Tim Keller once wrote: "The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access." After all of these years of being a Christian, I do not know of other way of praying. The only way I know to pray is like a child. I can and should be an adult in many areas. But I have never been able to pray successfully in any other...

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Proverbs, Prosperity, and the Puritans

Introduction Preaching through Proverbs has thus far been a delight. Now about a third of the way through, I see the end approaching quickly enough to provoke me to take stock, not only of the text or the sermons, but also of the sources I have been using in my studies. Related to the sources I've been using, one significant self-criticism comes to mind. I do not think I...

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C.S. Lewis on the Puritans

"We must picture these Puritans as the very opposite of those who bear that name today: as young, fierce, progressive intellectuals, very fashionable and up-to-date. They were not teetotallers; bishops, not beer, were their special aversion. . . . Nearly every association which now clings to the word puritan has to be eliminated when we are thinking of the early Protesta...

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Applying the Gospel

Visit different churches and you'll invariably find different emphases. This isn't wrong we all have different parts to play in the body of Christ. However, Christ didn't leave his church without instructions. Here are two of the main ones: The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:3540): "And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 'Teacher, which is the great ...

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His Grace is Sufficient

I remember being so elated to have new lights installed in our sanctuary. The room was quite dark until then and, after many hours of exceedingly difficult work, a team of church members had installed all new lighting in the room. Yet this new light brought with it an unanticipated problem. It turns out our sanctuary's carpet (which was as old as the building itself), was...

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