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Is it a Sin to be Hangry?


You've probably seen the Snickers commercials about a person who turns into something crazy just because they haven't eaten. Yet of course, upon the magical bite of a Snickers Bar®, life is suddenly better. I think Hershey had it right with this ad. When I don't eat, it is best if everyone just backs away. Today was one of those days. I...

How to get the most out of your vacation for your soul


Christmas is here! For many of us, this means some vacation time. Hopefully you get You're probably checking in for flights or packing the car for a trip to Grandma's house. Whether you're taking a long weekend or a whole week away, there's one question worth considering: How are you preparing your soul for vacation? We spend so much time rushing around...

Paragraph-by-Paragraph Outline for the Book of Acts


Carefully, paragraph by paragraph, the book of Acts has been evaluated in the following pages. Each paragraph in the ESV translation of Acts has been evaluated and a factual statement about its content was recorded in one sentence.  Also, all the “That’ll preach!” verses were listed sequentially by reference under the statement about the paragraph in which they can...

Hanging By a Thread


The last 24 hours have seemed as if my entire world was falling apart. Have you had those days where you’re sure if someone else asks something of you, you just might lose you ever-loving mind? Have you been so stressed your teeth hurt? Has all food ever lost its appeal, primarily because you don’t even have time to eat,...

Stephen Furtick’s 12 Audacious Faith Confessions


These confessions were written by Stephen Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church. He wrote them in his book, "Sun Stand Still." They following statements should serve as claims for confidence in Christ because who He is and what He can do through us. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation (Romans 8:1-2, Ephesians 1:7-8, 1 John 1:9) I...

Four Things I Learned From My Little Sister


As a kid, I hated it when my sister had her birthday. It meant nothing but girl parties, painted nails, princesses, and all of my little sister's friends that I thought were annoying. Now that we are all grown up, I don’t dread it anymore. Now I celebrate the sweet life of my sister who now has a daughter of her...

Peace Post-Election

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Just 2 days after the 2020 election, Josh Weidmann guest-hosts on CROSSWALK in place of their regular host, Gino Geraci. Hour 1: Peace Post-Election Interview with Jonathan Leeman, 9 Marks Editorial Director and author of several books, including: How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics for a Divided Age. Anxiety surrounding the election and politics Hour 2: Hope and peace...

Installing an Elder, 1 Timothy 5:17-23


When I was a beginning my role as senior pastor the elders asked me what I was excepting out of the "laying on of the hands of the Elders" to install me into the office of pastor and Elder. I said, "My main expectation is that is done biblically." I said this because the act is not just an element...

This Could Be Your Greatest Year Yet


I've always considered a new year as a fresh start. A time to right what I did wrong and place something new where something needs to be replaced. For mosts of my adult years (if not also in my elementary ones) I've made a list of my hopes and dreams for the next twelve months. It has been my...

Process of Preparing a Sermon


1. God Lays a Message on the Heart of the Messenger Here you need to ask the Lord, through fervent prayer, “What is it that you want to communicate to your people, God?” Identify ways that God is communicating to you personally. What is it that He is stirring within your own heart? Also, identify the needs of those you...

What is the Local Church?


And why are the reforming markers of the church (preaching and ordinances) so crucial for understanding what the church is? The church is a group of Christians (those partaking in the New Covenant with God by believing in Jesus Christ) who, together, identify themselves and others as followers of Jesus through regularly gathering in His name, preaching the Gospel, and...

Where is your hope?


H-O-P-E. As a child, I always thought “Hope” was just the girl who lived across the street. As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to learn that “Hope” is an essential tool on the road of life. The dictionary defines “hope” as, “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” Getting through the rough and often-unexpected trials of life...