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Nate Varnier: True Love ~ Living Out Sacrifice and Forgiveness

I came into the ministry at 30 years old, fairly bruised up and battered. I had gone through a divorce, two years of depression, the tough learning curve of being a single dad, a layoff at a well-known Richmond engineering firm with no severance pay, and was also facing a soon-to-be foreclosure of my West End condo. I had no idea what the journey would look like in the years ahead as I entered Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in 2009. But for the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged to something bigger…I felt a sense of hope.

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Ed Jordan: Deer Me

We are offered a world of alternatives which claim to be able to satisfy the thirst in our souls, but in reality it is only the living God who can satisfy those deepest needs of our lives.

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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Seek the Lost through Sunday School and Small Groups

 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:31-32 NIV)

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: Rev. Samuel Stillman on Religious Liberty

“. . . [A] magistrate . . . should be as a nursing father to the church of Christ, by protecting all the peaceable members of it from injury on account of religion; and by securing to them the uninterrupted enjoyment of equal religious liberty.  The authority by which he acts he derives alike from all the people; consequently he should exercise that authority equally for the benefit of all, without any respect to their different religious principles.  They have an undoubted right to demand it.

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Ed Jordan: In Search of Community

God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us, and thus we share his life in common with other believers. Christians all confess that we have sinned and need divine intervention to break the power of sin in our lives. We have, and share in common, Jesus. Jesus came to die on the cross to bring the forgiveness of our sins and to reside within us to give us the power to say “no” to sin.

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Source of Light Center: Camp de Musique

God is good and He has been on full display at the Source of Light Center (SoL) in Port au Prince, Haiti. This August, a volunteer team of musicians from the not for profit organization Now I Play Along Too (NIPAT) set out for the SoL Center in Delmas 19 to deliver instruments and teach music lessons at their annual summer music camp. NIPAT was established by the band Melodime to help provide opportunities for at-risk and underprivileged children to learn music but also with the dual purpose of building character and discipline to overcome obstacles. Learning a new instrument can be a very rigorous and challenging, yet fun process that helps define ones character. Music also has the ability to unite one another that may speak different languages and come from very different walks of life. This could not have been more apparent during this year’s summer music camp.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School/Small Groups and What to do with Domestic Violence?

As pastors, there are times that we need to have a prophetic word, speak about justice, and deal with social issues. Violence—and how Christians respond—are today's topics.

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Ed Jordan: Do You Want This Job?

Ed Jordan writes that October is Pastor Appreciation Month - make sure you take good care their needs so that they can give their full attention and energy to serving God and you!

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