The Grace of Adoption

We must not leave our gospel introduction before we see how union with Jesus by faith is not merely a legal issue. We are not merely given a new status as fully forgiven, perfectly righteous humans.We are engrafted into a new relationship with God as adopted sons and daughters. The gospel is not merely about […]

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The Country Club Gospel

I served a church back in the 1990s where many folks in the congregation were members of an exclusive country club in the heart of the city. As a pastor in my 20s, there was no way that I could afford to pay the membership fee, which I suspected was in the six-figure range. Nevertheless, […]

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The Sinner’s Place

In Stanley Voke’s wonderful little book, Personal Revival: Living the Christian Life in Light of the Cross, he writes, “The hardest thing for anyone is to take the sinner’s place.” Simply put, “the sinner’s place is where I take blame.” It is the place where I am real, honest, authentic, and vulnerable. “The hardest thing […]

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Freshly Broken

If you, like me, have been made freshly aware of and broken over the wretchedness of your sin, the video below from Ray Cortese is for you. If you, like me, are or have been in a state of blindness concerning your self-righteouss pride and hardness of heart, this message will not make sense now […]

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The Gospel of the Ugliest Dog

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held the fourth week of June in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. This year’s winner is a bulldog named, Zsa Zsa. Apparently, there is no relation to Uga X in Athens. Her extra-wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite, and tongue that hangs almost to the ground helped her […]

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Unveiled Faces

Listen:  Product placement. Whether it is a grocery like Kroger or a department store like Belk, sales managers are trained in “product placement.” This is why you have candy at checkout and why at the entrance of COSTCO you have to pass by the 82 inch, 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs. I don’t know […]

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A Mother’s Influence

As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being.As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being […]

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The Gospel is BAD News

I am pleased to introduce you to a friend and guest blogger, Dave McCarty, who leads a ministry called GospelFriendships, which exists “to champion Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, in hopes that the Spirit transforms us Christians to become such undone, contrite, humble, lovers of Jesus and others, that the seculars around us want what we […]

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The Necessity of Judgment

Today we continue Growing in Grace with Topic #2 in Romans 6:23 and Hebrews 9:27 under the title, “The Necessity of Judgment.” Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life […]

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The “All-ness” of Sin

This is Chapter 1 in Growing in Grace: a 36-Week Discipleship Course. Listen to the content as delivered to Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, GA:  While some of us raise our own chickens for eggs, most of us buy our eggs at the grocery store. If you are like me, before you choose a carton to purchase, […]

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The Gospel According to Plato

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato (428-347 B.C.) believed that everything in the material world is a shadow of that which is eternally true, beautiful, and good. While what we see is imperfect, especially concerning humans, there is something about humanity (and all other facets of the material world) that leads us to conclude that there […]

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Light and the Beauty of Christmas

Monday night the Caston family went out for my 49th birthday dinner.  Afterward, we toured a neighborhood in Cumming, GA that is known for its holiday lights. Here is our favorite that we proclaimed the “winner.” It’s not full-scale Griswold-esque, but it is still impressive. As we drove through the winding neighborhood with what seemed […]

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The 3 Greatest Words of All Time

“It is finished!” – John 19:30 Abba, Father, when Jesus spoke those words on the cross, he intended for them to echo throughout time, that each new generation, by the enabling grace of your Holy Spirit, would hear and believe the good news. My mind and my heart worship you with thanksgiving, in light of your […]

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What is the Gospel?

1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what […]

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