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On Doing Devotions Well

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The heart and soul of our devotion to God, in our time of devotions, to use an old but good word, must be the Word of God. Of all the spiritual disciplines, the Word must be the center, and the center of the Word is Christ. This time of singular and focused devotion requires the help of the Spirit and so requires our sincere prayer to him for help. Humility in our inabilit...

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Delight

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When we gather we encourage each other to read the Bible with joy and delight. We do so because: 1. The Bible is the perfect, without error, very words of God to us that speak primarily of His glory and grace in sending His Son to live and die and rise from the dead in order to rule all creation. They instruct us to delight ...

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When We Gather Together: We Have a Benediction

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What’s the benediction at the close of our worship service for? It is a request for God to pour out His grace in response to our worship and renewed conviction to love and serve Him in all we do. It’s a blessing in...

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When We Gather Together: We Make Announcements

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We make verbal announcements of ministry opportunities at TACC so that the believers at TACC can serve. We do not, and in fact, cannot announce every event because we do not have enough time and we are good at forgetting. That’s why when you send your husband to the store, if he has to remember more than 2 items, you give him a list. That’s also why ...

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When We Gather Together: We Pray

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We pray in our corporate worship service because God answers prayer. Prayer is one of the first acts of a new believer, and the most natural of actions for all believers. Prayer is coming to the God of all grace who loves to hear and answer our requests. Additionally...

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When We Gather Together: We Give

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Our giving is a part of our worship on Sunday mornings. Giving as worship is expanded upon in 2 Corinthians 8-9. The following is a summary of the teaching on giving by Paul. ...

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When We Gather Together: We Sing

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We sing in our worship service because it is the biblical pattern for God's people: He saves, we sing. There are songs by Moses, Miriam, Deborah, Barak, David, and Hannah - He rescued them all. There are professional singers for the Temple worship - He saves his people, they sing. In the New Testament there are ...

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When We Gather Together: We Pray Using the Words of the Bible

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We pray using the words of the Bible as our guide at Taft because it pleases God when our prayer priorities are His priorities. When the Word of God abides in us, our desires become His desires, and He gives us what we ask for. When we pray publicly we are...

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When We Gather Together: Listening to Preaching From the Bible

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An essential part of our worship on Sundays is listening to preaching from the Bible. We do so because the Lord commanded elders in the church to proclaim, in an authoritative public manner, His Word, 2 Timothy 4:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31......

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When We Gather Together: Reading Scripture Publicly

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We read Scripture publicly because of the instruction to do so in 1 Timothy 4:13, and the example in Nehemiah 8. Additionally, the people of God have traditionally listened to Scripture because copies of the Bible were expensive and not as prevalent as they are today. They listened for hours, were instructed on the meaning, and many had the entire Bible set to memory....

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Shock & Awe: The Year of the Bible - Feeding Your Bible Habit 15 Ways

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We intend to… but then we fall into old habits and don’t follow through. Most of us believe that the life of the Christian should be characterized by a love for, commitment to, passion to read, study, meditate on the Bible. We start that Bible reading program on January 1 but then by the 5th, or the 17th we become sporadic readers and before we know it a week or two ha...

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Jonathan Leeman - The Election Is Over. Let’s Get Political.

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The election is over. Maybe. The voters cast their ballots and they will be living with the decision for a long time. Donald Trump's influence on us and the world will continue long after he is no longer President of the United States. Whether you voted for him or not, he is the President. So what do we do? The post by Jonathan Leeman hits the nail on the head. It's worth ...

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The Illusive Un-Hasty Heart

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I've been fascinated in the last several months with how many times the Bible encourages us to stop, listen, hear, and take heed to the Word of God, the Bible. We think that simply reading the Bible and agreeing with it is all that God requires, or that this kind of simple agreement is adequate. Not so!...

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What is Baptism?

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A quick guide to understanding baptism. What it is, what it means, and why we do it....

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Wedding Ceremony

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A Wedding Ceremony...similar to the one you experienced last year or in the 60's. Not a bad idea to read it again and remember what you promised to God and her/him....

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You Can Change

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A few years back I was rummaging through some old storage boxes and found my first computer hard drive. I jury-rigged it up to a newer computer, hashed through the folders and found this note from a friend sent via email....

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You Are What - and How - You Read

Augustine's words "Take up and read!" are a great representation of my attitude toward this article. Take up and read! -Pastor Bob...

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40 Questions for Christians now Waving Rainbow Flags

This blog post could be titled "Articles I Wish I Wrote, by Pastor Bob." See below for some wonderful insight from Kevin DeYoung!...

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Stephen Curry and the Culture of Self-Trust

In an ever changing world which has lost its moral compass there are some shining stars. Humility in all the right places!...

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What the Media Isn't Telling You Regarding the Judicial Arguments Over Same-Sex Marriage

The issue of so-called same sex marriage is dominating the news. And it should! This might possibly be the most massive shift in the law in the history of our county. We need to be ready and able to defend God's design not only biblically but philosophically and rationally. This blog post by Michael Kruger will be helpful as you formulate your responses in a gentle and res...

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Passionately Pleading with God Is A Good Thing!

It is a liability, living where we do. Orange county - money, Disneyland, doctors, food (plenty of it), and more. That necessary sense of desperation that should accompany the Christian's prayer life is not common today. Occasionally we encounter deep troubles that bring us humbly to our knees: family issues, health, accidents. But, it seems that part of the ordinary...

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WHY YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE BADMOUTHING OBAMA

With all the troubles the world is in, what should the believer do? How do we respond? What about the government and a President with a different set of governing principles? What do we say, how do we pray?...

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Yeah, Well, But What About the Crusades?

The conversation about religious radicalism and the events in the Middle East have prompted some to make comments about the Crusades. Unfortunately, most do not understand or have even researched the events and what really happened. The following article by Keven DeYoung is a good place to start your own understanding and can be a useful tool in explaining the Christian f...

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4 PRINCIPLES ON PRAYER FROM SAINT AUGUSTINE

We pray at meals. We pray for sick people. We pray for the country. A little bit. Here and there. Augustine is right. We'll never really pray until ... We'll let Tim Keller whet your appetite. Then go to the full article....

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Don't You Long For That Kind of Church?

There aren't that many truly helpful books on evangelism these days. Books that scratch us where we should be itching. However, Mack Stiles is one of those guys, one of those guys who really understands the dilemma the American church is in - we've skated for too long. ...

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An open letter to pastors (A non-mom speaks about Mother's Day)

As with all holidays, special occasions and celebrations we need to be reminded that these can be difficult for some. My grandfather died on Christmas Eve and it seems that every year I'm reminded on that loss. Of course, the celebration of Jesus' birth, and His sacrifice, is the answer for the pain and difficulties we all experience. God's grace is more than enough, not o...

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The False Teachers: Pope Francis

I know. I really know that you must be careful in dishing out criticism. It is not helpful to always be criticizing. But giving warnings about false teaching is really different - it is commended in the Bible (1 Timothy 4:1-7, notice verse 6). There are a host of books being published by companies just looking for a fast buck. They don't really care if it matches any caref...

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Every Christian's 2nd Most Important Book

Books!? Frustrated? Feeling inadequate? Feeling left out of the newest book craze? Tired of reading fluff? Bought that hard to read esoteric deep one about topics that are just way too difficult? You'll find this one an easy read, a great handbook for prayer, ready volume that encourages, challenges and gets you back to biblical priorities. Clink the link and discover the ...

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If I Wrote the Bible...

Tim Challies is always thought provoking and never boring. His most recent post about the Bible reminds us of some crucial, unique and life changing maxims about the Word of Truth.......

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Heaven is for Real

What should we be thinking about the book "Heaven is for Real", the Sunday School materials based on the book, and now the movie? (And, are we ready for the soon to be released comic book? Just kidding!) I've talked with many believers who are enamored with the event, the little boy's experiences and what heaven is "really like." ...

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The Problem with Jesus

Carl Laferton preps us for our missions conference with these wise words about Jesus....

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Dying To Disciple: How Far Are We Willing To Go In Our Pursuit of People?

Here are some good words about everyday evangelism. Most of us wish we were bolder, had more non-believing friends, had more experience answering hard questions (why do we suffer, etc.), well...we wish we did the evangelism piece better. The blog link by Mez McConnell doesn't answer all our difficulties, but he does gives a few pointers in the right direction. (And, by the...

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You Are What - and How - You Read | The Gospel Coalition

We are the people of the book. The book, of course, is the Bible. Not books about the Bible. Not books that tell stories about people who are trying to follow the Bible. Not books about fictional characters that relate their lives to the Bible somehow. All these a good (I may be cringing a bit here) but they cannot be substitutes for gold. The Bible is a supernatural book,...

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Was Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret the Same As Paul's? | Desiring God

I've been thinking recently about the benefits of desperation. The American lifestyle and enormous blessings that God has bestowed upon us does not lend itself to this mindset. When things go "badly" we often wonder what God is doing, or what we have done wrong, or how unfair God has been. What about His grace in turning our hearts to him? Could it be a spiritual secret th...

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I'm Better Than You | Challies.com

Having trouble loving? Maybe Tim Challies can uncover some of the root. His little piece on our pride is not easy to read, but it's good. Reminds me of what was said about the Aslan, "of course he's not safe, but he's good..."...

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Evangelicals and Hollywood Muck | The Gospel Coalition Blog

I'm not much of a movie-goer. And I prefer to sleep through a Sunday afternoon NFL game or golf match. However, we do live in an entertainment via some version of the flat screen era - iPod, ipad, computer, television or movie theatre. And, it does matter what we ingest. There is not a square inch of real estate that God's gracious sovereignty does not reign. We must be in...

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Praise befits the upright

Praise befits the upright. Psalm 33:1 A spirit of praise toward God is not just obligatory. It is fitting. It is beautiful. That's what the verse is saying....

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Has 'Authenticity' Trumped Holiness? | The Gospel Coalition

There are no such things as "Authenticity Points". It's time to stop focusing on our brokenness and concentrate on modeling "Christ-likeness". From the article: "Sin is necessarily part of our story as redeemed people. We shouldn't ignore or make light of it. But we also shouldn't wallow in it or take it lightly, for the sake of earning authenticity points."...

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