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What Is Spiritual Birth?

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

03/07/2021

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 “Have you been born again?” This question has been a popular way to ask someone whether or not he or she is a Christian. But what does this question mean? 

The Bible sometimes uses birth as a metaphor to describe the impartation of God’s life to the sinner. Without this life, we are otherwise dead in our sins, follow the world and Satan, and live for our own desires (Ephesians 2:1–3; cf. 2:4–5). We would be under the w...


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From Temptation to Death: The Spiritual Autopsy of a Sinner

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

02/21/2021

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James 1:12–15 uses related words for “trial,” “tempted,” and “cannot be tempted with evil.” God can allow a trial (or put someone to the test) in order to purify and show the genuineness of faith (James 1:12; cf. 1 Peter 1:6–9). God cannot, however, be tempted or tempt another to sin (James 1:13). Temptation takes place in a sinner and can eventually lead to death. James 1:14–15 gives us a spiritual autopsy of a sinn...


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Lessons from the Life of Nathanael

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

02/14/2021

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Matthew, Mark, and Luke list Bartholomew ( “son of Tolmai”) as a disciple (Matt 10:2–4; Mark 3:16–19; Luke 6:14–16; Acts 1:13), and John speaks of Nathanael (John 1:45:–51; 21:2). Both names are for one person—Nathanael, son of Tolmai. Two passages in John mention Nathanael by name, give us a small idea into who he was, and illustrate two lessons for us today. 

Some believers still have questions.

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The Fading Glory of Riches vs. Faith for the Life to Come

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

02/07/2021

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James 1:9–11 states, “Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.”

Though “lowly” in earthly circumstances, Christians are exalted by their faith and wisdom (James 1:9; cf. 1...


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Lessons from the Life of Thomas

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

01/24/2021

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John records three statements by Thomas that give us a window into his personality. Considering these statements in each of their contexts provokes three good reminders for us today. 

We should be determined in our service for Jesus.

Leading up to Thomas’s first statement, Jesus wanted to go to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. In doing so, He would show Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life, a sign that He was the Son of God (John...


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Lessons from the Life of Matthew

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

01/17/2021

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Apart from finding his name in the lists of disciples, the only stories that focus on Matthew (Levi) are of his call to be a disciple and a feast that he gave in honor of Jesus (Mark 2:13–17, Matthew 9:9–13, and Luke 5:27–32). By way of illustration, Matthew teaches us two simple lessons.  

First, leave everything behind. 

After receiving the command “Follow me,” Matthew responded immediately: “And leavi...


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Lessons From The Life Of Philip

by: Rob Patrick

01/10/2021

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Philip illustrates two lessons for us today from a handful of passages in John. 

Those who seek the Lord will find Him. “You will seek Me and find Me when you ...


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Eight Lessons I Learned from Having Covid-19 Pt. 2

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

01/03/2021

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Continued from last week…

#5: Fellow pastors are gifts from God: God has graced our church with two pastors. While I was out of commission, my fellow pastor stepped into the helm and put his previous lead pastor experience to good use. It was a great comfort to me in sickness to know that my fellow shepherd was leading our flock. I’m thankful that God was able to spotlight his gifts to our congregation during this time. He’s a...


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Eight Lessons I Learned from Having Covid-19

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

12/27/2020

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Like anyone else on earth, I did not want to get Covid-19, especially to the degree that I did. But, now that it’s all done, I’m thankful for the lessons that I learned through this ordeal. 

#1: God’s plans are always better than our plans: I had writing plans, study plans, preaching plans, family plans, etc. for the first half of December (and after). I’m a type-A personality who enjoys planning as much as executing. But for ...


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John the Baptist: A Mighty Messenger

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

12/20/2020

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“I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28). Jesus said these amazing words about John the Baptist, someone “more than a prophet” (Luke 7:26), the mighty messenger who prepared the way for Jesus to come shortly thereafter. His point was that, as amazing as a prophet as John was, it would be much greater to be in the kingdom to come than to be Jo...
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Spiritual Soldiers Standing Strong

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/29/2020

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Ephesians 6:11–17 gives us the necessary commands and picturesque language to prepare us for spiritual battle. What follows below is a brief summary of four themes from this passage. 

First, stand ready and firm in battle. We ready ourselves with God’s armor in order “to stand” (Eph 6:11), “to withstand” (Eph 6:13), and “to stand firm” (Eph 6:13).

Second, God empowers us for battle. We are &ldquo...


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Lessons from the Life of Andrew

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/22/2020

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Be willing to serve in the background. 

We see Andrew in the background in a couple of ways in his ministry. First, in half of the instances that his name is mentioned, Andrew is described as “the brother of Peter,” implying Peter was more well-known than him (Matthew 4:18; 10:2; Mark 1:16; Luke 6:14; John 1:40; 6:8). Andrew faithfully served in Peter’s shadow to some degree. Second, Andrew served close to those who were closer to C...


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Jesus Christ, Our Great God and Savior

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/15/2020

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Titus 2:11–14 gives us the reason for why we should live as godly men and women, old or young, and in our places of service (cf. Titus 2:1–10)—the saving grace of God has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ to teach us how to live godly lives. Part of this godly life is to expect our Lord Jesus Christ to appear again. Titus 2:13 describes us as “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.&...


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An Overview of Ephesians

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/08/2020

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Paul visited Ephesus towards the end of his second missionary journey, leaving Priscilla and Aquila behind (Acts 18:18–19; maybe AD 51). They likely evangelized in Ephesus, and Apollos made some disciples as well (cf. Acts 18:24–19:7). Paul returned (maybe AD 54) to find a core of believers (Acts 19:1–7), evangelized further (Acts 19:8–10), and saw the hand of God at work (Acts 19:11–20; cf. 19:10, 20). The unbelievers there greatly opposed...


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The Life of Paul After Acts

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

11/01/2020

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What follows below is an attempt to figure out where Paul went after his first imprisonment in Rome. These travels of Paul are based on statements in Acts and the letters of Paul that indicate his intended or actual travels at this time. Especially helpful are the Prison Epistles since they were written during Paul’s two years in Rome, AD 60–62 (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians; Acts 28:30), just before his release. Also helpful are the letters w...


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