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Listen Closely

In this short but powerful phrase we stumble upon a conversation between God and Moses. At first glance one could think this is just a reminder that has been inserted in the event Moses had forgotten how important the conversation was. But upon further investigation you start to discover that God was rather adamant and particular about what he had spoken. While the entire ...

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A House and A Home

The difference between a house and a home is monumental. A house is a structure where people and their possessions dwell. A home is an immaterial understanding, pervading attitude, and an altogether place of security and rest. A house is purchased with financial means. A home is established by work, forgiveness, kindness, love, and commitment. Seeing the difference between...

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The Gospel According to John

Starting this Sunday, February 7 a new preaching series begins at the Church at Martinsburg. We will begin an exposition of The Gospel According to John. When I became a Christian in 1996 I was instructed to read these 21 chapters before reading anything else. I was struck then, as now, at the simplicity of John's writing and at the same time the crystal clarity he deliver...

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Best Books of January 2016

At the beginning of each month I'm planning on sharing the two books I enjoyed the most from the previous month and why that's the case. It's obviously subjective and influenced by my tastes, desires, and circumstances. I've got two simple objectives. First, I want to be able to recommend helpful books that I'm learning from and being shaped by. Second, I want to encourage...

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The Good Samaritan

The world as we know it is changing. By "we" I mean our family and by "world" I mean healthcare. A couple months ago our family shifted away from traditional health insurance (think Blue Cross Blue Shield) and ventured in a new direction. ...

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The Briefing

I, like most of you, am more of a news consumer than contributor. There are certain channels I'm drawn to and websites that I visit regularly, but many times those places aren't clear and certainly aren't concise. Recently, I began listening to a short news update each weekday morning as I commute to work. By short I mean 20 minutes or so. The president of the Southern Bap...

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Counseling the Counselor

Helpful reads for those who counsel...not just for those counseled, but for the one offering counsel....

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Family Worship 101

On January 25 Crossway announced the launch of Family Worship 101 with Don Whitney, a free, 5-day email course created to help men and women lead their homes in family worship each and every day....

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#VTREADINGCHALLENGE

January is a month for new beginnings and fresh opportunities. I know every year in January I take time to take stock of where I am in life as well as where I want to be. Our family sits down in the weeks leading up to January to evaluate plans, budgets, goals, dreams, etc...

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Ever Changing...Always the Same

This year I cross the 20 year threshold of being a Christian. I can still remember when I first picked up the Bible and began reading. It was quite an intimidating period in my life....

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