Are You the One?

[John]…asked Him, “Are You the One who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news. And if anyone is not offended because of Me, he is blessed.”  Matthew 11:3-6 (HCSB) Times of crisis often cause pause and force...

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Mistaken Identity

“Most Christians live out of their ‘mistaken identity,’ not out of who God says they are. When Christians see themselves as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ they have no choice but to live life as sinners, strenuously striving to become saints. Naturally, this effort leads to failure because we’re not in charge of our sainthood. Out sainthood has already been accomplished by our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Christians are able to see themselves as ‘saints who sin,’ as Christ-in-me...

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Taught or Caught

Thinking back across many years of teaching I am reminded that much of what sticks with a learner is not what was “taught” standing behind the lectern or in front of a class; but what was “caught” in conversations over a cup of coffee or modeled for others to observe. I have often said “the best teaching is caught, not taught.”  At Brentwood Baptist we often talk about “Doing Life Together”. Most think of this design as a way to...

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The Bridge Builder

THE BRIDGE BUILDER By Will Allen Dromgoole   An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim- That sullen stream had no fears for him; But he turned, when he reached the other side, And built a bridge to span the tide.

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Bones

Bones. Reading from Ezekiel 37, “He sat me down in the middle of a valley of dry bones.” We know the feeling. Things get difficult and no matter which way we turn, nothing but dry bones. But God was teaching the prophet (and us) a lesson. The question before Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” When Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded, there was a great rattling sound and the bones came together. After a second prophesy, “breath” and...

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