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Godspeed in Carrollton

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Last week, I posted on the Christ Church website a link to a ministry called "LiveGodspeed." If you click on the link, the first thing you'll see is a video called "Godspeed: The Pace of Being Known." I highly recommend it. "Godspeed" tells the story of Matt Canlis, a young American who went to...

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Sing to the Lord

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On Tuesday night, I was one of 500 people who attended a performance at Park Cities Presbyterian Church of the St. Paul's Cathedral Boys Choir from London, England. It was a great joy to hear these 23 enormously talented young people singing a diverse repertoire of choral music stretching back...

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As Any Have Need

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One of the most attractive qualities of the early church was its radical generosity. Acts 2:45, for instance, says of the Pentecost church: "And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." To be honest, if I didn't believe in...

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Fifty Days Not Just One

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Easter--and the celebration of Jesus' resurrection--is far too wonderful to keep to just one day! The church has traditionally kept a whole season--fifty days--to reflect very specifically on the resurrection and its significance to us as Jesus' covenant people.  Actually, every Sunday is...

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Happy Pascha

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In many parts of the world, Christians call Easter Pascha. It comes from the Hebrew word Pesach, which means to omit, bypass, or skip. In the Bible, it is usually translated as Passover.  You may remember that a few weeks ago, during my sermon on Luke 22:7, we looked at the relationship...

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See How He Loves Us

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33 “When Jesus saw [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, 'Where have you laid him?' They said to him, 'Lord, come and see.'  35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, 'See how he loved...

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The Saving Prayer of Jesus

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“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews‬ ‭7:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ On the cross, Jesus accomplished his mission to save his people. It was...

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Teachable and Ready

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I’m always grateful when Christ Church lets me head off for a few days to study, do work for Arab Vision, and visit friends. The past ten days have been especially meaningful to me as I have had the chance to spend time with my old friend Dick Lucas, who’s like a father to me, and to...

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Leaders at Christ Church

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Christ Church Carrollton has thirty-two stated goals for 2018! One of them--and arguably one of the most important--is to identify, train, and mobilize lay leaders for service to the church and to our community. Raising up new leaders has got to be a priority for Christ Church and for every...

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On Becoming an Acts 6 Church

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Acts 6:1-15 was last Sunday's sermon text here at Christ Church Carrollton. This rich passage has great significance in the life of God's people. Drawn from the earliest post-Pentecost experiences of the apostolic fellowship, it establishes at least three principles. First, it establishes the...

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