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Made to Sing for Glory

Do you believe you were made for Global purposes? Do you believe God made you with a mind toward all nations knowing him through you? God made you for his glory, your joy, and for the nations. ...

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Faithful Fabric

Honor, Respect, and Glory. What do you think of when you hear those words?...

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A Statement from our Elders to the Church at Martinsburg and our Community

We likely have all heard the phrase "out of sight...out of mind." For many of us our exposure to the news cycle provides us with information that takes place to other people, other communities, and deals with other concerns. If we're not careful we read, listen, and observe with a distant eye, out of touch, and this leads us to live with an "out of sight....out of mind" me...

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Nomadic Sheep and a Faithful Shepherd

The twenty-third psalm portrays life as a pilgrimage, and in the final verse (6) the psalmist rightly comes to life’s goal, which is God’s house. Life can feel nomadic can't it? Sure we have a place we call home, but we all long for something more. Not necessarily bigger, but something more stable. No need of another addition, updating fixtures, remodeling kitchens, re...

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A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23

Phillip Keller was a shepherd for many years before becoming a pastor. The years as a shepherd provided him with unique insights into Psalm 23. He writes in A Shepherd's Look at Psalm 23 describes what can hinder sheep from getting rest....

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A Less Familiar Psalm 23

Do you remember the first time you walked into you a new environment (home, work, community, organization)? Do you remember the last time? Strange isn't it? Time, memories, experiences shape how we see things we so deeply love or loved. How about your marriage? The birth of your child? Hopes, dreams, desires now smashing into reality. Familiarity can be both friend and foe...

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Habits of Grace


Our culture is drawn to the instant. The flashy. The monumental. But as biblical counselor Paul Tripp explains, our life is not made in one or two glorious moments, but is made up of the tens of thousands of seemingly mundane moments that transpire every day. This summer I’m excited to study with you five simple and seemingly unexceptional means of grace that Jesus’...

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A Blessed Man and a Worthy Effort

George Müller lived from 1805 to 1898 and is famous for establishing numerous orphanages and relying on God for help in remarkable ways. Listen to his testimony about how and why to meditate on Scripture. ...

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People Helping People Find and Follow Jesus

As part of our 8th anniversary celebration, Pastor Jacob's sermon focused on the mission of our church. This blog post is an excerpt from his sermon on Sunday, May 7, 2017. ...

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A Prayer for Lent - A Prayer for Good Friday

Our Father in Heaven, This is eternal life, that we may know You and Your only Son whom You have sent. He is the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Him, even if he dies, will live. We cannot even begin to fathom all of the implications of Christ our Resurrection. Blessed be You, Father, for according to Your great mercy, You have caused us to be born again to ...

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