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Armed for Redeployment


The Pastors College Class of 2016 has graduated. In preparation for the ceremony, the 12 students had collectively voted and appointed fellow classmate and Army Reserve Chaplain, Major Bill Berry, to represent them in sharing his experiences. 1 Timothy 4:16 it says, "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and...

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Praying for Orlando


The tragic news on Sunday morning of a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, frequented by the LGBT community, remains almost incomprehensible. In an act of terror, 49 people were killed and several more injured in what we now know to be the deadliest mass shooting in United States history. As authorities investigate, we, as Christians, wrestle with questions like "how do...

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Making & Maturing Disciples


Right before his ascension, Jesus calls us to join him in his mission, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commended you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:19-20, ESV). Jesus commissions us, the churches of ...

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Praying for Gospel Waves in the Pacific


Sometimes praying for the gospel to advance means praying for the gospel to re-advance. The Word is preached, the church grows. Satan assaults and sin deceives. "And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14, ESV). But there is a larger perspective. As the church historian, Kenneth Scott Latourette once observed, when viewed through t...

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Be Pastors and Churches Who Advance the Gospel with a Sense of Urgency


This blog post is part five of a five-part series entitled "Four Areas of Growth for Sovereign Grace Churches." A recent report found that suicide rates are at an all-time high in the United States. Hopelessness, by nature, doesn't discriminate. It touches the young and old, the rich and the poor, the successful and the less successful. Not long ago, the headlines were fi...

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