Newsletter Articles from Pastor Marc
 
 

Jesus Changes Everything

The Gospel is the story of Jesus.

Jesus is the whole point of the Gospel. Rather than a message of self-help or religious structure, the Gospel is the story of a real historical person. Who He is and what He did (and does) is the essence of the Good News.

This news, however, is not just something we add to the overabundance of news we receive every day. No, this news changes everything… Jesus changes everything.

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Why talk about SIN?

Some of the best attended “churches” in America are led by “preachers” who either avoid or minimize the topic of Sin. 
So, if there are many people who decide not to address the subject, and if there are many more who do not want to hear about it, then why in the world would anyone bring it up? Well, that is a good question…

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Do You have Right Relationship with God?

How can any sinful human experience right relationship with God?

This question is of supreme importance, though it is not likely on the front of most people’s mind at the moment. There are numerous assumptions in such a question. Here are just some of them: (1) There is a God; (2) God is holy or morally pure; (3) humans are sinful or morally corrupt; (4) God is just; and (5) God is gracious. While many may not regularly consider this question, all people presume at least some of these assumptions. In fact, the Bible argues that all people everywhere are accountable to God precisely because all conscious people know the first four assumptions to be true (Romans 1:18-2:11).

Arguing for the statements here is not within to scope of this brief article, but if the first four assumptions are true, then the question above becomes exceedingly important. If God is pure and just, and humans are morally corrupt, then God must deliver proper justice for all immoral thoughts, words, and deeds. While this reality is unsettling, not everyone sees fit to answer the question the same.

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Pastor Marc’s Review: “From Eden to the new Jerusalem”

Alexander makes no difficult task of discovering his thesis in this book. He states at the outset that he seeks to answer two of the biggest questions of all time, namely “Why does the earth exist?” and “What is the purpose of human life?” The author provides answers to these questions by walking through the metanarrative of holy Scripture and helping his reader see the major themes that run straight through the entire story. In my own estimation, Alexander’s work was a delight; I believe he was successful at proposing a biblical and interesting answer to each of these questions. The purpose for human existence is a familiar question and answer to me, but the divine intent in creating planet earth is a concept that hasn’t been given much time in my own mind. This book added quality and content to both of these concepts for me. Alexander’s book is a marvelous and accessible text that brings the reader from Eden to the New Jerusalem by briskly walking through the Scriptures in a remarkable way.

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The Exemplary Courage of Obediah Holmes

 

In 1651, in Lynn, Massachusetts, Obediah Holmes and several others gathered in a man’s home for a small worship service. Even though European immigrants were fleeing religious persecution by coming to North America, they still brought with them much of the established expectations of Church/state relations. Obediah and his friends were Baptists, and this put them at odds with the established Church. Their worship service was private but it was not secret, and it was illegal.

Not long into their service, constables broke in and arrested three of the men…

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Why You Shouldn’t Neglect the Word of God

Chances are fair that you have some inclination to value the Bible. While not all people affirm that the Bible is the “Word of God,” and even some professing Christians would balk at the notion, many people still have at least the residue of this kind of thinking on their minds. Whether you believe the Bible is the Word of God or not, consider a few passages from the Bible as they speak directly to the subject of “God’s Word.” You may find that the Bible is actually quite consistent on the subject, and your neglect of its words will only hurt you more as time goes on.
 
It is a fact that wherever God’s Words may be found, those words are worth your significant time investment.

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