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Bits of Wisdom from Houses of Mourning

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

06/13/2021

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“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth” (Ecclesiastes 7:4).

This verse has often run through my mind this past couple of years. I have provoked many houses to mourning. Others call my fellow police chaplains and me “grim reapers” because we announce to families that a loved one has just died. Sometimes people react in shock, denial, or anger. Eventually they mourn as they accept t...


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The Fate of Those Who Never Hear

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

06/06/2021

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What happens to people who never hear the gospel?

What an awful question—to consider those who never hear the gospel, die in their ignorance, and suffer for eternity. Their fate is eternal torment by fire. It should make every Christian shudder.

But is it fair for them to be judged in this way? To never hear the gospel and still be punished forever?

Remember that man is sinful and therefore justly condemned by God. God is not obligated to save an...


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Justified by Faith and Then Justified by Works

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

05/16/2021

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In James 2:14–26, James uses two examples from the Old Testament to prove his point that a true, saving faith always results in good works. First, Abraham did many works by faith, and one in particular that stood out was willingly offer his son Isaac to God on the altar (James 2:21–23; cf. Genesis 22:1–19). Second, Rahab the prostitute lodged Israel’s spies and sent them safely away when they spied on Jericho (James 2:25; cf. Joshua 2:1–24)...


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An overview of James

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

05/09/2021

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Though a brother to Jesus (Matthew 10:55; Galatians

1:19), James was not an apostle or even a believer

when Jesus traveled with His disciples (John 7:5).

Perhaps he was converted when Jesus appeared to

him after being raised from the dead (1 Corinthians

15:7). James eventually became the primary elder in

Jerusalem and was a pillar in the church (Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18;

Galatians 2:9, 12).

Many give the book of James the ...


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The Blessings of Hosting a Conference

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

05/02/2021

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Our church hosts a pastor’s conference every year on the Monday before Memorial Day: “The Conference on the Church for God’s Glory.” Why? We could think of many reasons, but here are at least a few. 

It provides an opportunity for us to serve the greater body of Christ. The church is “one body” with “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all” (Ephesians 4:4). Christian...


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What an Older Man Might Tell a Younger Guy When Teaching Him How to Preach

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

04/25/2021

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Paul peppered Titus with a number of commands about preaching that are instructive for us today. What follows below is a quick run through these commands, spoken as given to us as preachers today. 

Be taught, convinced, and able to teach and refute. Titus 1:9 requires an elder to “hold firm to the trustworthy word.” He does so “as taught,” implying that he has somehow learned it for himself. Being convinced of it in his own mind a...


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Cardinal Characteristics of the People of God

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

04/18/2021

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Acts 2:41–42 is often known for a description of the church at its birth that gives seven cardinal characteristics that should be true of all of us today.

Received God’s Word (Acts 2:41): The “word” in context is the gospel, specifically the truth of Jesus Christ that He died, was raised, is exalted on high, and is Lord of all. The only response we can rightly give is to repent of our sins for which He died and to place our faith i...


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The Resurrection of Jesus in the OT

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

04/04/2021

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Isaiah spoke of Jesus in Isaiah 52:13–53:12, with

thoughts of the resurrection in Isaiah 53:10. Hinting

at His death, Jesus would be “like a lamb that is led

to the slaughter” (Isa 53:7), and, indeed, He would be

“taken away” and “cut off out of the land of the living” (Isa 53:8). He

would die and lie in “His grave,” being made “an offering for guilt” (Isa

53:9–10...


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Why We Observe “Close” Communion

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

03/28/2021

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There are three labels that describe how churches

practice communion with respect to who participates

or not: unrestricted, restricted, and strict. We know

them more commonly as open, closed, and close.

Unrestricted or open communion allows any

believer to participate in a church’s communion. It is unrestricted and

open to all who profess Christ. We have three objections to this view.

First, if no restrictions a...


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Anger vs. Humility

by: Pastor David Huffstutler

03/14/2021

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James 1:19–21 pits being anger against the humble reception of God’s Word. Anger accomplishes nothing righteous, and humility allows us to receive God’s Word, that which saves our souls. The following surveys anger and humility in the New Testament and the wisdom books to understand them further.

Anger: Anger (orgē) can be righteous at times. “Be angry and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). Jesus was angry with His unloving, self-rig...


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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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