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Why Singing Matters

Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters

Have you ever wondered why God desires for his people to sing? What role should singing play in the life of a Christian? What is it about worshiping through song that is so important to God? You may not know it, but God has already answered these questions in the […]

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Six New Year’s Resolutions Worth Pursuing in 2015

New Year’s resolutions…are they really any good? How can we resolve with purpose in 2015? We often hear stories of resolutions that dry up soon after January passes, but there are also many that stick. Pastor Colin’s sermon entitled “Resolved! Life Commitments for a New Year” encourages six effective resolutions […]

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Responding to Thwarted Plans

“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Innumerable. That term describes the number of times my plans have been thwarted throughout the course of my 26-year-old life. Allow me to provide some examples: Plan: To pack a full house on the […]

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What to Do When You’re Not Being Persecuted

“There is a fellowship with Christ found in suffering that is greater than you will find anywhere else.” In light of the recent persecutions in the Middle East, Pastor Colin Smith shares biblical truths of great comfort and strength. Christians are reminded of the importance of dwelling on the gospel […]

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Is the Word of God a Quick Fix?

When you come to God’s Word, are you looking for a “quick fix”? I was struck by the following quotation, as I read through one of Pastor Colin’s sermons from the current radio series “The Anatomy of Faith”: “God may be saying to you, “Instead of looking for a quick […]

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You Are Called to Worship

There have been a few memorable moments of my life which I’ll call “Wow” moments. I remember the summer before my Junior year of high school working at a camp in northern Minnesota. One clear night I was walking to my cabin and was struck by the millions of shining […]

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No More Identity Theft, Part One

What is one of our greatest fears today? It’s when the wrong person gets access to our name, account numbers, and passwords, stealing our identity and everything we own: identity theft. While it has never happened to me, I imagine it would be a nightmare. And so we live in […]

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The Best Way to Serve Your Family

  Forget balance. Pursue alignment. Pastor Colin Smith covers faith, parenting, and the family in his sermon “Forget Balance, Pursue Alignment,” shared at Moody Founders Week last month in Chicago. Preaching from Deuteronomy 6, Pastor Colin unfolds the following principle: Love the LORD first, and your family will be blessed. Love […]

11 Inspirational Quotes About Prayer

It is easy to find excuses not to pray. The busyness of life, a short attention span, or a lack of desire might keep you off your knees and cause you to be dependent on yourself instead of dependent on God. It is our hope and prayer that the following […]

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Eight Characteristics of Faith-Filled Prayers

The Prayer of faith, like some plant rooted in a fruitful soil, draws its virtue from a disposition which has been brought into conformity with the mind of Christ. (David McIntyre) Here are eight characteristics of faith-filled prayers, from David McIntyre’s book The Hidden Life of Prayer: 1. It is subject […]

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15 Questions to Help Christians Follow Jesus on Social Media

Social media is everywhere today. We can’t watch anything on TV without being reminded of the option to tweet about what we are watching.  Now with smartphones we can use social media in the car, in the bathroom, at a meeting, and even—gasp!– at church. While there are many advantages […]

The Seven Bitter Fruits of Sin

I was having breakfast with someone who was witnessing to a colleague at work, “You know, Colin, this guy lives like the devil, but he is good at heart.”  I said, “Wait a minute.  How can he be good at heart if he lives like the devil?  Surely, if he […]

How Important is Renewing Your Mind?

Several years ago, a doctor decided to study the psychological health and spiritual lives of seminary students at an evangelical university.  The results were separated into three groups: those with exceptional mental health and high level of maturity (Group A), those with normal mental health and maturity (Group B), and […]

Mind the Microphone

It seems that the British election being held today has turned on a few words picked up inadvertently by a microphone. Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, was campaigning in Rochdale Thursday, when he ran into Mrs. Gillian Duffy (66), a widow on her way to the shops to buy […]