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By Stephen Venable Posted on January 5, 2012

In today's Christianity, "Christ" has become a synonym for "Jesus", and "Lord" has become a synonym for "master". But for the early church, Lord and Christ had significant meaning.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable analyzes Peter's sermon in Acts 2. By His resurrection, Jesus was confirmed to be the Christ, the anointed king who would sit on David's throne in Jerusalem. By His ascension, Jesus was confirmed to be the Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, because He took His seat on God's throne at His right hand.

The significance of this truth cannot be...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 24, 2014

“Thanksgiving” is a concept seen throughout the Scriptures. Although it’s good that Americans set aside a Thursday every November to be intentionally thankful, the Bible says much more about giving thanks than just one day a year can handle. Christian gratitude is rooted in the story of the Gospel.

In this teaching given in November 2014 in College Station, TX, Josh walks through the story of the Bible and explains why thanksgiving must be experienced and not merely be words on our lips.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on November 24, 2014

“Thanksgiving” is a concept seen throughout the Scriptures. Although it’s good that Americans set aside a Thursday every November to be intentionally thankful, the Bible says much more about giving thanks than just one day a year can handle. Christian gratitude is rooted in the story of the Gospel.

In this teaching given in November 2014 in College Station, TX, Josh walks through the story of the Bible and explains why thanksgiving must be experienced and not merely be words on our lips.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 24, 2013

In Philippians 3:8, Paul said that he "count[s] everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus". Similarly in Ephesians 3:8, he said that he was given grace "to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ". But what makes Jesus valuable and what gives him worth? How was Paul able to consider everything in his life like rubbish compared to knowing Jesus? In this teaching given at Grace Fellowship Church in Nashua, NH, Josh unpacks these phrases, examines several scenes from the Gospels, and beckons us to look at Jesus and discover the...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In this teaching, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to imitate Him...

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By Matt Candler Posted on August 12, 2012

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most widely known psalm among both believers and unbelievers. Many find strength through knowing that the LORD, our Shepherd, leads us well and never leaves us. Others have highlighted this psalm for its historic truths as seen in the life of King David. While these well-understood concepts are true, there is a depth to the psalm often unexplored as it relates particularly to Jesus.

In these teaching notes, Matt Candler breaks down Psalm 23 verse-by-verse through a messianic lens, drawing our eyes to Jesus as the slain Lamb and calling us to...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on June 22, 2012

The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The church began to acquire power, wealth, and land in Europe like never before. Theology was altered and the "spiritual interpretation" hermeneutic began to take root, dramatically affecting the church'...

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Posted on May 21, 2012

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Yesterday much of the Far East and the Southwest US experienced an annular solar eclipse, often described as a "ring of fire" because of the way the moon blocks out most of the sun, leaving a bright ring around it in the sky. Much of the event was also visible here in Missouri, beginning around 7:30pm and lasting for 45 or 50 minutes.

I was able to view the eclipse at my folks' house where they have an open view of the western sky thanks to the rolling Missouri plains. We took turns looking...

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Posted on May 14, 2012

In this age where sin has deeply rent the human heart from its created purpose to make much of God's glory, there are heightened moments our lives when the Holy Spirit engenders faith to believe in a restoration of that purpose. Several months ago I had one of those moments - not while in prayer, worship, or study, but simply standing in my kitchen eating a banana.

In order to explain I have to start sometime late last year when I listened to this teaching by Stephen Venable entitled ...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 6, 2012

I am becoming more and more aware of how much "Christian-ese" fills our conversation, song, and writing. We have held phrases in our rhetoric for so long that they have lost virtually all of their meaning - sometimes in writing, but especially when spoken or sung. Modern Christian conversation is becoming at best only peppered with phrases from the Bible rather than being saturated with the precious words of Jesus, the wisdom of the psalmists, or the warnings of the prophets. When Biblical phrases are used, they are often oriented around man and his need, rather than God and His glory...

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