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Horatio Spafford’s Encouragement: Part 2 of 2

If you read the blog last week, you know Horatio Spafford's declaration of great faith despite devastating personal loss. Now let's take a brief look at each verse to better understand this message of hope that Spafford penned. Verse 1: Spafford's opening focuses on the sovereignty of our holy God. Whether we are in a time of peace or turmoil, God is not only in control...

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Horatio Spafford’s Encouragement: Part 1 of 2

As I have written before, the great hymns of our faith have a way of bringing God's Word and promises to bear on my heart and mind in the timeliest ways. Because these songs are able to root so deeply into our psyche, our middle schoolers are using Sunday school to better understand their meaning, including where their lyrics are backed by scripture. From time to time, I...

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The Noble Art of Music

"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits . . . A person who . . . does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God . . . does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs." - Martin Luth...

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The A-vangelical Movement

While we may agree that these are unprecedented times, the roots beneath our current societal brokenness run deep and are terribly familiar. For many years, we have witnessed an increasing breakdown in societal norms. Some believe thisbreakdown to be progress, while others view it as the path to destruction. In various ways, both are correct, and that shouldn't surprise us...

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Refuge in the Storm

"In life, you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or headed into a storm." Google couldn't quickly tell me who originally said this, so I'll have to chalk it up to an anonymous proverb of sorts. Of course, it's not quite that simple. This side of glory, our lives ebb and flow without the predictability of just one single storm that is either ahead, behind, or amo...

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Pray for Kanye

"Jesus is King" indeed, and if he is able to rescue and redeem those of us worshipping at All Saints in Brentwood, he is equally capable of bringing Kanye West from death to life. Praise God for this profession of faith!Are you skeptical? That's fair. As I think of my own spiritual walk, I can think of many who could rightfully be skeptical of my personal testimony of fait...

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I don't know Joshua Harris. I've never read his book I Kissed Dating Goodbyeeither, but I amsad that a man whoclaimed to be a follower of Christ and who was seen as a Christian thought-leader has now renounced the faith and fallen away.Those at our men's retreat in late July may remember that we discussed the "thorns" of this world, which are a result of the Fall,and how t...

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Barefoot Republic Camp Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events for All Saint Presbyterian's ministry partner Barefoot Republic Camp. ...

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