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Thankful in Every Circumstance

October 26, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Bert and John Jacobs are brothers who cofounded the $100 million “Life Is Good” T-shirt company.  They grew up the youngest of six children in a lower middle-class family in Boston. When the brothers were in elementary school, their parents were in a near-death car accident from which their mother managed to escape with just... Keep Reading

Above All

September 25, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

I love the the Acts of the Apostles. Once again I have been reading this New Testament story and I have been caught up in the expectant and vibrant faith of the early church.  Their zest for Christ and for sharing His good news, their sacrifice, and their ministry all draw me up short. The power of the Holy Spirit displayed every day i... Keep Reading

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You Are What You Celebrate

July 28, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

As I prepared to “be” Gideon for VBC, and then to preach about Gideon, my initial response to the story was the same as it has been for years: I was staggered by the foolishness of the Israelites, by their capacity to forget and abandon God. When you think about their history from Egypt up until the time of the Judges, it seems a... Keep Reading

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Ask for the Holy Spirit

May 30, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22-23; ESV)   On Sunday mornings, we have been studying the fruit of the Spirit.  Some have asked, how can this fruit be ours?  How ca... Keep Reading

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Finishing the Story

May 9, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

When we think of the gospel, our minds tend to gravitate toward the surprising and dramatic reversal of the cross and resurrection. This is perhaps only natural, as together those two events represent the great turning point of the story, where the apparent defeat of Jesus by crucifixion is revealed to be the very means by which God wins His... Keep Reading

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This One is for the Broken

April 19, 2017 | by: Jason Pensa | 0 Comments

The men and women of the Bible were broken and messed-up people just like us. But God wants to used broken and messed-up people just like us.... Keep Reading

Ears Open, Hearts Ready

March 31, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Dr. Jerry Root, Professor of Evangelism at Wheaton College, shared the following story about a time when his flight was delayed and he had a conversation with a woman in the Vienna airport: “She was wearing a lanyard with a name tag and carrying a clipboard and obviously taking a survey for the airport. When she came to me I asked wha... Keep Reading

Full of the Spirit

March 7, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-21)   &ld... Keep Reading

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God Works the Night Shift

February 1, 2017 | by: Jay Pound | 0 Comments

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and... Keep Reading

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How to Deal with Our Scribbled Lives

January 3, 2017 | by: Joel Sutton | 0 Comments

Imagine a Christian sitting down with a blank page and pen. He begins to write out his perfectly scripted life, explaining how he would love others, how he would structure his prayer life, or how he would build a beautiful Christian family. But indwelling sin and Satan crouch at his elbow, disrupting every pen stroke and messing up every wor... Keep Reading

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