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In Truth : A Plea for Expositional Living

by: Matt Alexander

08/05/2020

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Lately the Lord keeps bringing the phrase "in truth" to my mind. He has not revealed one specific reason though I may believe there are many reasons to be revealed in time. One primary reason, I believe, is his plea for us to live what I like to call "expositional lives." 

In 3 John 1:4 John writes the Word of God telling us "I have no greater joy than this, to know that my children are walking in the truth." ...


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Genesis 3: Communion with God

by: Matt Alexander

07/20/2020

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This past Sunday I preached on Genesis 3 as the foundation of why we need to take seriously our call to be personal evangelists. Our world is facing great peril but this peril did not start with COVID. It has been around from the Fall. This peril is known as SIN. 

One thing in particular struck me as I studied Gensis 3. Beginning in verse 8 after Adam and Eve sin they hear God walking among them in the garden and immediately hide themselves. They have already...


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Where's Your Man Cave?

by: Matt Alexander

05/29/2020

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Men are known for having man caves. A place that is designed with a manly feel to do manly things. Many times these “man caves” are used as an escape from the reality of husband and fatherly duties. They become places to hang out with the guys and let the inner child come out. Men take delight in their man caves however simple or elaborate they may be.

In 1 Samuel 22 we find David in his man cave. This cave is much different than the modern areas of es...


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Don't Waste Your Quarantine

by: Matt Alexander

04/27/2020

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Over the course of the last month I have been asked numerous times to give my perspective on why God is allowing these strange days. None of us can know for certainty why God moves the way he does unless he chooses to reveal it to us. We can, however, draw principles from scripture and submit to what he speaks to us on a daily basis. As I have contemplated, prayed, and been driven to scripture throughout these days of quarantine I have a strong conviction that God is us...


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On Worry

by: Matt Alexander

04/14/2020

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Matthew 6 is a wonderful passage situated in the midst of Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus deals with many practical issues such as prayer, forgiveness, and Godly morality. As he draws this great sermon to a conclusion he speaks to the depths of the human soul by speaking to the concept of worry. He uses God’s created order to remind his hearers of God’s constant care. If God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field he is certai...


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Adoption: The Way Home

by: Matt Alexander

10/08/2019

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Recently I was asked to speak at a community event specifically on the topic of our adoption. In preparation for this event my mind immediately went to all of the details of our journey but also to the current course of where we are headed. The quickly approaching month of November is often set aside as "National Adoption Awareness Month" and is a time when churches and communities come together to support adoptive families but also to educate the general public on adop...


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God Will Be Up All Night Anyway

by: Matt Alexander

09/30/2019

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I once heard someone say, "Tonight when you go to bed give God all your cares and concerns because he will be up all night anyway." Not only is this a good motto to live by but it's actually Biblical. Life is difficult. Pain hurts. Worry is real. The anxieties of life cripple us and hold us back from experiencing the joy that God has in store for us. But in the midst of it all God deeply cares!

In the book of Philippians Paul is writing from a very hopele...


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Rhythm of Regular Retreat

by: Matt Alexander

08/14/2019

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I am currently reading through the Gospel of Mark with an intentional focus on the life of Jesus. I have always been quite intrigued by Jesus' rhythm of life and ministry. There is no doubt that a day in the life of Jesus was filled with large crowds of people. Especially as news about him spread across the region, people came from everywhere to see firsthand what he was doing. In Mark 6 we find Jesus feeding some 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. A miraculous ac...


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Why Missions?

by: Matt Alexander

07/23/2019

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Our church, like most, has been in a season of taking short term mission trips this summer. These trips have consisted of working alongside local and global partners who are accomplishing great things for the kingdom. It has been a joy to see what God is doing through his faithful servants all across the world. As a pastor, I sometimes hear people ask why we do missions?

I once heard John Piper say that, "Missions exists because worship does not." How t...


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It's All About Jesus

by: Matt Alexander

07/22/2019

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In Romans 9 Paul begins a powerful discourse relating to the people of Israel. His opening words relay the passion behind the pen. He has great anguish in his heart for his kinsmen. In fact, in verse 3 Paul goes so far as to wish himself cut off from the Gospel for the sake of his Jewish, unbelieving brethren. As we closely examine the context of Paul's teaching we see that he is revealing the hard truth that Israel has been the first recipients of grace and yet they ha...


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Are You Among the Wise Men?

by: Matt Alexander

12/14/2018

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Matthew 2:1-12 introduces a set of very important characters to the Christmas story. Magi come from the East to worship the newborn Son of God. Tradition has often taught us that there were three of these men who made the long journey with expensive gifts. However, as with any Biblical story we should examine the text of scripture itself and not tradition alone. We often associate three wise men because there were three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, t...


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Guest Post: Who's Beside us at the Table? A Look Into the Ministry of Hospitality

by: Matt Alexander

12/08/2018

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I was born in the hospitality state, I’m a Southern Baptist pastor’s wife, and I can whip up a magazine worthy casserole in minutes. Hospitality is my spiritual gift.

As a child I remember dreaming of perfectly placed coffee tables, dining room centerpieces, and kitchen floor plans. I spent many years thinking the “Great Wall of China” was in the wedding section of every department store! Registering from that great wall was easy - I’d known exactly wh...


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Christmas Presence

by: Matt Alexander

12/05/2018

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One of my favorite scriptures surrounding the Christmas story is Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased to dwell.” This worshipful pronouncement from the angelic messengers declares the Gospel in a nutshell. The story of Christmas is the message of the Gospel. Jesus came because mankind is sinful and Jesus’ work brought glory to God in the highest. Christmas is about the presence of Jesus ...


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Daddy, I Love You

by: Matt Alexander

11/27/2018

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As I sit at my computer on this rainy day in a foreign country I constantly hear our expressive child speak words that we don’t understand interjected with “daddy, daddy, daddy….I love you.” His mother and I began teaching him this very important phrase on the first day we met him. It did not take him long to understand it’s meaning as we would use it interchangeably with the native form. Whether he is in the middle of a bath, getting dressed, or eati...


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Who Are Deacons?

by: Matt Alexander

11/14/2018

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Who are Deacons?

Each year we come to this very important time in the life of our church – deacon elections. I almost cringe to use the word “election” in connection with the word “deacon.” It has been my experience in some places that choosing deacons has indeed been an electoral environment – all about popularity with no regard to Biblical qualifications or the high standard of ministerial service.

In Acts we discover that dea...


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