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November 15, 2017 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Your Smartphone -- Ten Diagnostic Questions

In his 2017 book, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, author Tony Reinke writes: ...Keep Reading

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September 7, 2017 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The American Christian - Can I Love My Life?

There is a big difference between thankfulness for what God has given us and sinful idolatry. How do we know that difference?...Keep Reading

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August 22, 2017 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The American Christian - Part 1

Wrestling with life as an American Christian...Keep Reading

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January 3, 2017 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Savoring Psalm 119 in 2017

Preaching on Psalm 119 this past week was a very rich experience for me. By God’s grace, studying the Scriptures in preparing to preach is something I deeply enjoy. But I can recall few times where I have been more moved and impacted personally by the text I am studying than I was this past week from exploring Psalm 119 in its entirety....Keep Reading

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October 7, 2016 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

SEVEN WAYS WE CAN GUARD AND REPAIR RELATIONSHIPS

Two Years ago I preached a sermon from the book of Philippians on working out a gospel culture at Joy Community Fellowship. One of the men who has been instrumental in my thinking about the idea of a gospel culture is Ray Ortlund, lead pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville Tennessee....Keep Reading

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March 29, 2016 by Jason Tyrell 0 comments

The Christian and Government Part 2 - Submission and Prayer

When reading through the New Testament, there are a couple undeniable truths about the relationship between Christians and the government they are under....Keep Reading

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December 29, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Reading the Bible in 2015

As a new year dawns on us, I want to again take the time to encourage you to give yourselves to the regular habit and discipline of reading the Scriptures daily. Last year as a church we used a reading plan that took us through the New Testament over the course of the year. I’d like to encourage us to a bit more this year, though I’m mindful that no one plan is going to suit everyone’s needs and desires. So I will commend one particular plan for this coming year, and then point you to a wide array of other options, in hopes that if you don’t have a regular habit of reading the Bible, you would have the push you need to get started....Keep Reading

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August 4, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Look! A Distraction!

We are distracted. We are so distracted, and so accustomed to it, that after a while we almost become distraction. We lose the ability to be still. We fear the quiet. We are intimidated by the moments where there is nothing to look at, nothing to do....Keep Reading

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July 9, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Missional Impact of Worship

I closed last Sunday’s sermon with a personal illustration of how I attempted to bring the two principles from Psalm 103 that we considered (David’s determination to worship, and the ground of his determination) to bear on my own life. Let me give another illustration, which will lead right into the third point of my sermon, which I omitted and said I would return to in this blog post....Keep Reading

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May 22, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Practical Tools for Extended Scripture Memorization

Last week I was challenged by these words from John Piper: “What would your ministry be like, if it were led by folks who memorized whole books of the Bible?” With the question, there was a link to an article written by Jon Bloom titled, Ten Reasons to Memorize Big Chunks of the Bible....Keep Reading

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May 5, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

When Life Doesn't Make Sense

One of the most challenging aspects of living a life of faith in Jesus is how to make sense of the innumerable pains and heartaches we experience in this fallen world. No matter how many times we quote Romans 8:28, it’s just hard to believe sometimes that an infinitely good, all-powerful God is governing even the tiniest details of our lives. ...Keep Reading

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April 16, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

A Morning Meeting with God

In fourteen years as a Christian, nothing has been more instrumental in my walk with God than hearing Him speak to me in the pages of Scripture. It breaks my heart that so many people who bear the name “Christian” give so little attention to feeding on the rich nourishment of God’s Word, especially when Jesus said that those who are truly His disciples are those who abide in His Word (see John 8:31-32). ...Keep Reading

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April 7, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

A Painful Lesson in Love

I don’t have to tell you that it’s been a long winter, so as the weather warmed up last week, I was eager to get back to my regular walks to my office in the Hope House, and back. It’s a 10-15 minute walk, and I’ve come to really enjoy those few minutes: I’ll pray, or listen to music, or recite a passage of Scripture that I’ve memorized, or just “do nothing”, looking at and listening to the sights and sounds of God’s creation. ...Keep Reading

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March 24, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Most Important Thing You Bring to Your Life Group

Life Groups are where the life of Joy Community Fellowship takes place. They're how we experience what it means to be the Church in the midst of ordinary, everyday life. While we treasure our weekly gathering on Sunday mornings, the vision for church life and discipleship depicted in the Scriptures seems far more intimate and frequent than could be experienced by simply attending a weekly meeting....Keep Reading

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March 10, 2014 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Why Become a Church Member?

Why do we encourage the practice of church membership? Is it really a necessary, important part of the Christian life? There is no biblical command to become a church member, is there?...Keep Reading

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February 27, 2013 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

A Simple Missional Idea

A simple missional idea from Seth McBee....Keep Reading

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February 14, 2013 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Church-Killing Sin of Gossip

Kent Hughes shares wise insights about how to respond to hearing gossip....Keep Reading

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February 9, 2013 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Making Disciples in the Everyday, Week #1 Notes

Notes for Sunday night's training session: Living in God's Story. Making Disciples in the Everyday, week 1 of 6....Keep Reading

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January 7, 2013 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Grace-Driven, Spirit-Empowered, Faith-Fueled Work

The apostle Paul calls to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12), but we are not left to ourselves. The work he calls us to is grace-driven, Spirit-empowered, faith-fueled work. What does that mean?...Keep Reading

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December 28, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

A Gospel Primer

What does it really mean to "apply the gospel to every area of life"?...Keep Reading

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October 22, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 2 comments

Productive Delay

Paul Tripp: "For the child of God, waiting isn't simply about what I'll receive at the end of my wait...Waiting is fundamentally about what I'll become as I wait."...Keep Reading

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August 3, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Your Emotions are a Gauge, Not a Guide

Jon Bloom from Desiring God writes: God designed your emotions to be gauges, not guides. They're meant to report to you, not dictate you....Keep Reading

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July 24, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 4 comments

Taking an Ugly Thought Captive

You're going through your day and a though comes that your daughter is going to die soon. Your heart begins to be filled with fear and worry. What do you do?...Keep Reading

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July 13, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 1 comments

Fighting the Fight of Faith

If underneath every sin is a failure in the moment to believe the truth about God, what are some key truths to help me make war on sin and unbelief?...Keep Reading

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July 9, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The Gospel & Road Rage

How does faith in Christ lead us to kill the sin of anger, especially that common form of anger we call "Road Rage"? ...Keep Reading

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July 6, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

The 4 G's

In his book You Can Change, Tim Chester highlights four life-changing truths which underlie all our struggles with sin: 1. God is great...so I don't have to be in control. 2. God is glorious...so I don't have to fear others. ...Keep Reading

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July 2, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Why I'm Tweeting Again

For around three years I've been fascinated by Twitter. It may be the journalist in me, but there's something intriguing to me about trying to say something meaningful and memorable in 140 characters. When I read these words from John Piper awhile back, they really resonated with me: The sovereign Lord of the earth and sky Puts camels through a needle's eye. And if his wisdom see it mete, He will put worlds inside a tweet. ...Keep Reading

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June 11, 2012 by Larry Lazarus 0 comments

Forgiveness & Reconciliation

My friend Jason Tyrell preached an excellent message yesterday morning from Luke 6 on loving our enemies. Those who want to think through in more depth on how to love our enemies, and how to see relationships heal that have been fractured, may be helped by this article from Tim Keller. ...Keep Reading

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