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Ed Jordan: What is a Holiday?

What if you went to great expense and effort to throw a birthday party for your son, and invited all his friends, family, and the neighbors to come and celebrate, and when the people came into the house they ignored you and your son?

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Ed Jordan: Who’s to Blame for the Murders in Texas?

The news programming and talking heads are all abuzz, trying to place blame on who was responsible for the tragic murders in a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday. Was it the Air Force? Was it guns in general? Was it the NRA? Was it politicians? Why is it that so few are saying that the root cause was sin and evil?

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Gary Chapman: Hopeful Leadership

My personal preference is to avoid leaders who offer nothing but doom and gloom. Please don't misunderstand me: I don't have my head in the sand. We live in a tough world; ours is a time with a ton of problems. The daily news is seldom good. Even so, I'm easily frustrated by those who seem convinced the cause of Christ is lost. All that's left for us Christians is to play out the string and wait for Christ's return.

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Ed Jordan: Can I be excused?

Most of us lead very busy lives, and we have too much on our plates. How does that happen? Occasionally a boss dumps the work on us, but generally we are the ones who choose to add more agendas into our lives. We often add things that are easy, popular, or we like doing. We tend to avoid doing what takes more discipline or isn’t much fun. There is a well-known statement: People do what they want to do and avoid the things they don’t want to do. We love burgers and fries, but we hate to exercise. We love diversions and enjoyment, but we avoid places like church that require us to face reality. We avoid the truth taught at church, because it convicts us of things we should be giving more attention to in our lives.

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Ed Jordan: God is Faithful

One of the most wonderful times of our lives was when we lived and worked in Hungary as missionaries. It was not an easy time, since we did not speak Hungarian—one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. But our time there enriched us in so many ways, and we developed wonderful life-long friends. I have been blessed with a wonderful education, including a B.A. from UNR, and Masters and Doctorate graduate degrees. Having successfully served in some very difficult ministry settings, I have also gained decades of life and ministry experience, which has given me a depth of life experience beyond what most people have.

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Stillman

“. . . [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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