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God Is Pro-Life, and So Are We

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Posted by Bill Lovell on

I've been thinking a lot lately about the holiness of human life. Maybe it's because we marked Sanctity of Human Life Sunday just a few weeks ago on January 20. Maybe it's because of recent highly-publicized legislation in New York which opened the door for expanded abortion rights up to the...

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Reflections on Stan

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My friend Stan Hampton died last week. He'd been sick for a long time, but his death still wound up catching me by surprise. In the end, it wasn't his weak heart that got him, but a series of other health issues that I hardly even understand—involving an infection, a brain hemorrhage, and...

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A Prayer Tool for Christ Church

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In response to several recent requests, we have set up a new tool to share prayer requests at Christ Church Carrollton using an innovative app called Echo. You can learn more about it by clicking on this link. Echo was actually suggested to me by two people—Dalton Dallas and webmaster...

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Parakaleo at Christ Church

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Christ Church is planning and implementing an intensive accountability and discipleship program called Parakaleo. Taking its name from the Greek word for encouragement, Parakaleo is our church's way to minister to qualified and motivated new friends whom God brings to us. It's the...

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Reading the Bible in 2019

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Reading the Bible every day, and prayerfully reflecting on it, is a discipline every Christian should cultivate. You might think daily Bible reading would be something a preacher (like me) would do as a sort of job requirement, but to be honest I'm not nearly as disciplined about it as I ought...

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New Year, New Opportunities

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The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time. This year of grace 2010, all our church's hopefulness and optimism are focused on twelve fresh, unspoiled months! Of course, soon enough we'll recognize new challenges, but for a few precious weeks it's all about opportunities! Here are a...

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Feliz Christmas, Happy Navidad

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The Spanish and English languages each have interesting ways of describing the annual celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. English speakers traditionally call it Christmas, while Spanish speakers traditionally call it Navidad. Both terms communicate something very important about the...

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Styouwardship

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As 2018 draws to a close, many of us are making decisions about our end-of-year giving. With the church facing a significant shortfall (about $10,000), your financial support is very much needed and appreciated. But my blog this week isn't about your stewardship of money; it's about your...

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An Incarnational Sunday School

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Christ Church Carrollton's Sunday School has always been a source of great pride to me and to our Session. Though we are a small church, with a small Sunday School, we have always had outstanding kids, outstanding teachers, and outstanding oversight by Heather Myers, our long-serving Sunday...

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A New, Very Old Christmas Tradition

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If you're like me, you love "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the beloved holiday TV special featuring the characters from the Peanuts comic strip, drawn until 2000 by Charles M. Shultz. It premiered on CBS on December 9, 1965 — fifty-three years ago this week! I was just seven the first time I...

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