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Are You Aware of Your Identity?

Posted by Van Barnhill on

The topic of identity shows up all the time. In meeting new people, introducing yourself, and getting to know someone we talk about our identity (i.e. who we are). Conversations usually begin with a line of questioning resembling “Hi, what’s your name?” followed by “What...

She Said No to the Joy of Marital Companionship

Posted by Buster Brown on

At Christmas we give to missions through the Lottie Moon World Christmas Offering which supports 4500 missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Charlotte Diggs (Lottie) Moon was a young woman who grew up in a privileged home in Virginia and...

Commitments of a Lifestyle of Evangelism

Posted by Leland Brown on

Two short but incredibly potent phrases in the Bible have been gripping me lately: “Do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:6) and “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). As I’ve felt the Lord’s hand on me through...

Praying for Your Adult (or nearly adult) Children

Posted by Rose Anderson on

When my children were little, everyone told me that while parenting small children was physically demanding, those were actually the easy years. I did not believe it.   I think the difficulty in parenting older children is that they are away from us so much more, and making their own...

The Power of Forgiveness

Posted by Rose Anderson on

As we have been thinking about the Five Gs of Discipleship and how to grow in our walks with the Lord over the past few months, the issue of forgiveness has come to my mind. Perhaps you have some minor “issues” in your relationships with others that are actually issues of...

A Mind at Work

Posted by Van Barnhill on

It is said that upon rising every morning, Benjamin Franklin would begin each day by asking himself the question, “What good shall I do this day?” That’s not a bad principle to live by (but it is a bit vague). A better (and more biblical question) would be something like...

The Quest for Authenticity

Posted by Van Barnhill on

For several weeks now, I have been on a metaphorical journey to grow in authenticity. And by authenticity I mean being more genuine, honest, and real. There have been several factors that have contributed to my desire to develop in authenticity but the primary reason is fatigue. I find it...

Slow and Steady Scripture Memory

Posted by Leland Brown on

Many people have experienced Bible memory like a crash diet or a cram session for finals. A small group leader or sermon challenges us and we go hard after our Bible memorization for a few weeks but slowly and surely we lose the practice, forget what we memorized, and get discouraged. Or we just...

8 Reasons to Start Memorizing Scripture Today

Posted by Leland Brown on

I was a believer for 7 years before I ever memorized and kept memorized a single passage of Scripture. In the Lord’s kind providence, however, I’ve been convicted about and practicing regular memorization of the Bible for the last two years, and the Lord has immensely blessed this...

John Owen

Posted by Buster Brown on

Today is the anniversary of the death of my favorite Puritan, John Owen. Owen died on August 24, 1683 at the age of 67. My love and esteem for this man is so profound that when our son was born, Sara and I named Zack after John Owen; Zachary Owen Brown. Many of my heroes in the faith have been...

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