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Grieving with Those Who Grieve

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"Jesus wept..." John 11:35–one verse–the shortest in the Bible–is also one of the most meaningful. The context is the raising of Lazarus, Jesus' beloved friend and the brother of Mary and Martha. A few verses later, Jesus prayed and then called Lazarus out of the tomb–a...

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Praise awaits you, our God...

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Today I prayed with a dear friend as she prepared for a medical procedure. With her beautiful daughter-in-law and beautiful granddaughter, we thanked God, in advance, for his faithfulness. We prayed, as I often do, in the words of Psalm 65:1—"Praise awaits you, our God..." It's a great...

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Praying Together

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In 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul urges Christians to pray "for all people." On Sunday nights, between 5 and 6pm, we at Christ Church Carrollton seek to heed Paul's urgent message by gathering in the church to pray together for one another, for our neighborhood, for our country, for our culture, and for...

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A Season not Just a Day

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Easter is a season not just a single day. The season is based on the Gospel accounts of Jesus' activities between the time when he was raised from the dead and when he sent the Holy Spirit.  Traditionally Christians have taken these fifty days—from Easter Sunday up to Pentecost...

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The Essential Resurrection

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Easter is just days away! Several of us at Christ Church Carrollton will gather on Good Friday, April 19, at 6:30pm to reflect on the crucifixion, and then we will gather again on Easter morning, April 21, at 10:30am to celebrate the resurrection. Were it not for Easter, Good Friday wouldn't be...

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326 E Tyler St

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It's official. We've moved to 326 E Tyler St, Richardson, TX 75081. As of last Friday, March 29, our new neighborhood is called Highland Terrace, a wonderful mixture of ages, ethnicities, and economic and social statuses. Our across-the-street neighbor is a lovely artist; there's a very cool...

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The Anti-Gospel of Brenton Tarrant

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Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch murderer, is a monstrously evil racist with a sick and deluded mind, but he is at least honest. Prior to his violent rampage in which he gunned down over fifty unarmed Muslim men, women and children gathered for a prayer meeting, he typed out what has been...

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My Three Heroes: J.I. Packer

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Since my earliest days in seminary, I have had three great heroes in ministry: J.I. Packer, John Stott, and Dick Lucas. If you don't mind, I'm going to spend some time over the next few weeks describing my relationship with each of these spiritual giants and telling you what they have meant to...

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Ordained for What?

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On July 22, 1989, I was ordained as a minister in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Leslie was by my side, as she has been now for thirty years. The ceremony was held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Alaska. The officiant was Episcopal Bishop George C. Harris, an old-school...

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Babes in Christ

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My family and I are just back from a wonderful family reunion in Colorado Springs. One of the highlights was seeing the twelve youngest cousins getting to know each other. Several had never met, and, outside of their individual family units, none of them really knew each other. After four...

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