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Ash Wednesday, Valentine & Us

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Ash Wednesday 2018 is February 14, the beginning of Lent, a season when Christians traditionally reflect on sin and mortality. February 14 is also Valentine’s Day, when we Americans spend our hard-earned money on overpriced candy, cheesy greeting cards, and expensive dinners celebrating...

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Safety | Security | Service

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On Sunday morning, November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, and killed 26 people, injuring another 20. The attack—just east of San Antonio—was "the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas, the...

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iMission

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In Exodus 24:4, it is said that Moses "wrote down all the words of the Lord." This is the first Biblical reference to non-oral communication of God's word. Since that time, God's people have been using one variety of media after another to communicate God's message to God's world. We've used...

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Our Plans, God's Plan

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I wrestle a bit with the idea of "planning" in church life. In an era when churches have increasingly bought in to secular categories imported from the business world, my ministry experience has always been like Jim Cymbala's at Brooklyn Tabernacle. Jim says that, when people ask him about his...

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Happy Twos-day!

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In Acts 2:46, the members of the early church were described as taking their meals together "with glad and generous hearts..." What a beautiful picture of life among those who know and love Jesus Christ and have been blessed by the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit!  When did you last...

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Tags: fellowship

Christ Church's Front Yard

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Posted by Bill Lovell on

At the center of Downtown Carrollton is a lovely little half-acre Square I often call Christ Church’s “front yard.” It is, after all, right outside our front door! The old gazebo, two brand-new fountains, and the landscaped grass, trees and flowers are a calming balance to the...

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Tags: carrollton, christ, church, downtown, square

Finding Downtown Carrollton

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It was approximately seven years ago that the Lord led me to Downtown Carrollton. It was in the middle of the night, and I was out searching for a place for my small church to move after making the painful decision to leave our former denomination. I had originally looked along the Dallas North...

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Tags: carrollton, christ, church, square