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The Perfect Tense

I can't remember the last time I heard someone get excited about a verb tense. Grammar isn't often the source of real excitement. At its best, perhaps, grammar is used to express great truth that excites However, perhaps the grammar itself is in the background in those moments. What excites us is the truth and not the grammar that was used to express it. There are mome...

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Praying Scripture

Early last year (even before we knew it was going to be "2020"), I struggled with both my devotions and prayer life. I frequently found my mind wandering as I read the Scriptures in the morning. While I rarely missed my weekday readings, I frequently had to restart them because I hadn't focused on what I was reading. Similarly, my prayers suffered, being brief or repetitiv...

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Preparing for Worship - March 28, 2021

Worship Location for March 28 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (The Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 28th, if y...

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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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Preparing for Worship - March 21, 2021

Worship Location for March 21 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 21st, if y...

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Watch and Pray

We are entering that storm season that gives my children the most anxiety.Whenever it is going to rain, or a storm is forecast, my children ask the same questions over and over again.Is it going to lightning?Will trees fall down?Ruth and I have to be careful how we talk about a storm that has warned severity.It is inevitable; a storm will come, and we should be prepared. I...

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Preparing for Worship - March 14, 2021

Worship Location for March 14 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will be meeting this Sunday at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 14th, if y...

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A Daily Task

As I sit in my office wondering what I should write this week for our blog, I am drawn to all the things that are upcoming.A blog can often feel like another busy thing that must be done in a week full of tasks. I feel somewhat ashamed.My calling in the ministry is no mere task or checklist. Of course, there are things that must be accomplished, and I love clearing a check...

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Preparing for Worship - March 7, 2021

Worship Location for March 7 THE MARTIN CENTER 960 Heritage Way Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (the Martin Center in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will not be meeting this Sunday. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, March 7th, if you ar...

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Preparing for Worship - February 21, 2021

Worship Location for February 21 LIPSCOMB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8011 Concord Road Brentwood TN 37027 IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (Lipscomb Elementary School in Brentwood) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Febr...

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