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My Best Christmas Present

My Best Christmas Present To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth–Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance () With Christmas now […]

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Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think “fear not, for I am with you” (a) Not long ago I was watching a television program where a child was being tucked into bed by his mother. The child told his mom to please leave the light on because he was scared of the dark. The mom, very wisely, responded […]

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Meditations and Observations Upon Psalm 1

Meditations and Observations Upon  In Seminary I took an expository preaching class that went over the basics of developing a sermon and studying the Bible. One of the techniques of studying the Bible was that of observing the text. The idea of this exercise was to not use any commentaries or any other study material […]

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Remember, Only God is the Greatest

Muhammad Ali will always be known as one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time. He was one who had a larger than life persona who uttered many a memorable remark during his time in the spotlight. He was flamboyant, provocative, and one who knew how to entertain in and out of the […]

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What Do You Celebrate?

What Do You Celebrate? I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked. God Most High, I will rejoice; I will celebrate and sing because of you. (CEV) What do you celebrate? That is a rather simple question but when you really think about it that question […]

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My Favorite Verse

“Fear Not” “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We’ve all had those moments in our life when we see the foundations of our world begin to shake. For one […]

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How Rest Is Essential In the Christian Life

It is interesting to notice that in the same place where God speaks about the necessity of work within the life of His people, He also tells about the necessity of rest from that work. One thing we can gather from this is that rest is vital for both a healthy physical life but also […]

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Daily Devotions In Proverbs

Daily Devotions In Proverbs — PDF Download — Plain Text Version — The book of Proverbs is a very unique book in the cannon of Scripture. It is a collection of proverbs or sayings that reveal a truth or good piece of advice. In the book of proverbs we have a collection of these principled sayings, […]

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5 Day Devotion – Unsatisfied

Download Devotional –    DOC         PDF Unsatisfied: A 5 Day Journey To Help Us To Never Be Stagnant In Our Christian Life Day 1 Moses – Unsatisfied with a Small Glimpse Text – “So Moses thought: I must go over and look at this remarkable sight. Why isn’t the bush burning up?” […]

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Ladies Day Away at the Cove: 10-2-2012

PDF of Article Dear Ladies of the Church, I wanted to write and tell you all about the “Women’s Day Away” seminar that Traci Lloyd and I attended on October 2nd at The Cove. For those of you who have never heard of The Cove it also goes by another name which is The Billy […]

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The Gospel is Offensive, those that Share it Should Not Be

PDF of Article as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” ( ESV) Recently, during a Wednesday night Bible study a good point was made about sharing the gospel and how many Christians […]

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Triumphing Over Temptation

Triumphing over Temptation PDF of 7 Day Devotional Something every person faces in life is temptation. In the world in which we live we are tempted everywhere we go. From being tempted to lie or steal at work to get a little further ahead in our careers, or to gossip and spread rumors about a […]

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For the Adults…..A Personal Challenge

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (ESV) PDF of this Article      As adults we, many times, have the greatest opportunities […]

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Concern vs. Complaining

  In the course of my life and ministry I have had the opportunity to see and hear about the power of God’s church working in the world in which we live. I’ve heard of a church uniting together to help a recent convert from Islam pay for schooling, bills, and even buy that person […]

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Encouragement – A Truly Powerful Thing

Some of you already know this but I have been having an ongoing battle with the cable company to get internet service at the parsonage. You might be questioning whether “battle” is a proper word to use to describe the situation but I assure you it is spot on when it comes to what all […]

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Great Article on Missions

This is a wonderful article concerning mission’s written by the son of one of our church members who is a missionary in Africa – originally published in Christian Ethics Today. “Keystone Species” and the Mission Ecosystem by Sam Harrell   I am privileged to live very close to one of the earth’s great wonders, the […]

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Why I Changed From NKJV to ESV

Upon coming to Mars Hill Baptist Church I did something that I had not done in about ten years. I changed my Bible translation. I went from the New King James version to the English Standard Version. Now, I had been an almost exclusive user of the New King James translation for basically a decade […]

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Dear Mars Hill Youth, you truly blessed me this past Sunday

To all the youth at Mars Hill Baptist Church let me commend you on the tremendous job you did this past Sunday in giving testimony to all the wonderful things that occurred during your recent stay at Fort Caswell.   Let me also say that my heart was truly touched by your genuine love for […]

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