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How Tsunamis Work (Video)

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I found this to be fascinating. I didn't realize that the waves don't build until they near land. 





Secret Church 2019

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Last night I enjoyed Secret Church 2019. What a study. David Platt was moving through the Bible at lightning fast speed. The best part was I was able to enjoy it with one of my sons. 
The next thing that impressed me was the importance, value, and blessing of prayer. #secretchurch19




Winners of Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest

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"Selected from more than 48,000 entries, the winning photographs from Smithsonian magazine’s 16th annual competition have been announced. The Grand Prize winner this year, Newest Cowboy in Town, comes from the Mississippi-based photographer Rory Doyle. Below are the winning images from the following categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile, as well as the Readers’ Choice winner. Captions were written by the photographers." See all the Photos here.

Gay Girl Good God by Jackie Hill Perry (Review)

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Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. She masterfully uses language to communicate the confluence of her internal struggle between competing desires. She shares her hurt and pain in poetic ways. I came away with respect for her and a deeper love for God. (208 Pages.) 

Here is what Amazon has to say about the book,


"“I used to be a lesbian.”

In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?

At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through con…

Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell offers an adult fable that resonates with history.

"A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh."

This classic reminds me of the events of the French Revolution. The Jacobites turned on each other. It reminds me of the messaging of totalitarians, crooks, and cult leaders use to recast history in a convenient light.…

Free eBook: Whole of Christ by D. A. Carson

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Crossway is giving away the  The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance―Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters. This book by D. A. Carson is interesting. You can't beat the price free. Get the book here.

I Thirst: Meditation by Robert J. Nash (Video)

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Happy Holy Week. Here is a brief Good Friday meditation on Christ's word "I Thirst". 



Free Christian Audio Book by Lecrae: Unashamed

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Christian Audio is giving away the autobiography of Christian rapper Lecrae called Unashamed. I have not read the book or listened to it. However, I have enjoyed Lecrae's music and heard him talk about his past in a way that exalted Christ. 

"If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection.

Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age.

This is the story of one man's…

Free Logos Book of the Month: A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator

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This month Logos is giving away A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed As Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator by Charles L. Quarles. Dr. Quarles is the "director of Ph.D. studies and professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary."

“An up-to-the-minute, mid-range, pastorally focused collection of Explorations in Biblical Theology.”
—J. I. Packer, Regent College

“Neither superficial nor highly technical. . . . Reformed theology as it is most helpfully taught.”
—Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Theological Seminary

“This is biblical theology at its finest. Dr. Quarles is closely tethered to the text, attentive to allusions from the Old Testament, and unrelenting in his emphasis on the one-of-a-kind glory of Jesus as God. I commend this book very highly. It will stoke a fire in your heart and create a burning desire to herald the glories of Jesus from the treasures, new and old, in the gospel of Matthew.”
—Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching…

A Spirit Led Church - Acts 1:12-26 (Sermon)

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MANUSCRIPT
Preached on 3/31/2019 at Sawyer Highlands Church
WELCOME 
It is great to be with you again. I thoroughly enjoyed studying the word this week. 
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE - COME ON DOWN
I would like to have all the children nine and under come up front for a short lesson. Come on down! If you are in the balcony come on down.  
HOW DO YOU MAKE DECISIONS
I need your help. I need to decide should I drink water from this cup or that cup. How am I going to decide? How do we make decisions? How do you make decisions?  

(You think about it). (You talk to your siblings or parents or friends).Have you ever done paper rock scissors to make a decision? Or have you taken turns on who gets to play the video game of choice? Are there other ways to make decisions? (Pray). Do you ever pray about what to do? That seems kind of silly for something that doesn’t seem to matter, doesn’t it? If the decision was bigger, prayer makes sense. 
Today, we are going to hear a story where Jesus’ followers were faced with…