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What the Church Ought to be FOR Today

Brandon Preaching

As I write this, it’s the morning after a dozen police officers were shot, five of them fatally, sacrificing themselves to defend the freedom of people to protest. It’s been a terrible few days for America. Ironically, before any of this began, I had begun preparing the first sermon in a new series of messages we’ll be preaching at Grace Hills …

God Has a Great Big Plan for His People, And It’s Good

Brandon Devotional

One of the most popular Bible verses in the Old Testament is found in Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NLT) It’s a beautiful verse that holds tremendous promise for those who understand its deep …

Grace Based Living

Where Exactly Do We Stand?

Brandon Living, Theology

Even though none of us actually plays by the rules (according to Romans 3:10, 23), we still try rather hard to do so. We’ve all sinned and fallen short, but in our bren condition, we just keep on plugging away in hopes that in eternity all of our trying and fighting and working will somehow qualify us for heaven in …

Nice Fruit

What I Really Deserve

Brandon Living

This week, I’m staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit – all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very blessed to be here. I don’t deserve it. What I …

Spurgeon on Preaching to the Will of the Listener

Brandon Preaching, Theology

W. A. Criswell defined teaching (from the pulpit) as “instructing a man in the will and ways of the Lord,” and preaching as “seeking to drive a man’s will God-ward.” There is a raging debate today over how much freedom people really have. A renewed fascination with Calvinism has brought this debate to the forefront. I’m not opening the whole …