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Why The Church Needs New Songs

Why do we need to write new songs? Aren’t the old ones good enough? We have hymn books that contain hundreds of songs, and many of them have endured for several centuries. These are the songs that past generations used in services week after week and many people feel they shouldn’t be thrown out now. […]

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The Hope of South Florida: But God.

The Bible reminds us that God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise – God always uses the B-team. In God’s economy, weakness and inadequacy are fundamentals to flourishing in the Christian life. However, so much of Christian culture today celebrates the A-team: the most gifted, the eloquent, the successful and […]

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Embarrassed

Lately I have been embarrassed by some Christians. That bothers me because it’s like saying, “I am embarrassed by my husband, my wife or my kids” and that is never a good sign. I must also be cautious of feeling embarrassment in the first place. The concept of embarrassment is a loaded one, and it […]

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Learning From Pastors Todd and Julie Mullins

In honor of pastor appreciation month, I wanted to share what Kim and I have enjoyed learning from a local dynamic duo, Pastors Todd and Julie Mullins. Todd and Julie Mullins are the Senior Pastors of Christ Fellowship in West Palm Beach, Florida. Todd and Julie took over the leadership from Todd’s parents, Tom and […]

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The Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant Thrills Audiences With A Message Of Hope

A South Florida mainstay, the Emmy-Award-Winning Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant returns for its 36th season this year, focusing on “The Thrill of Hope.” And what’s more thrilling than the circus? “It’s Barnum the Musical meets the revival of Pippin and The Greatest Showman,” announced Service Programming Director at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale David Gross. Promising […]

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Unsinkable

I wish I could say that I took it in stride. But the honest truth is, I was shocked. I was sitting at lunch across from a young couple. They were both sharp professionals. They had asked me to officiate their wedding, and the purpose of the lunch was to find out where they were […]

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Rogue Waves: Is the risk worth the reward?

In 1979, a potentially huge oil field was discovered on the Grand Banks. It had the potential to restore economic hope to the fast-dwindling provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. The location of the oil field, however, was treacherous – requiring oil rigs to be able to handle such threats as icebergs and severe storms. The […]

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A Loving God Must Be A Judging God

Unbelieving skeptics frequently tell me, “I’m OK with your loving God, but I have no interest in following a God who judges!” Those who express this objection simply have not given careful thought to what they are saying. Before we go any further, let me make one thing perfectly clear: In order for the world […]

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Uniting the Church In Worship

Sometimes it takes a single spark in the heart of one that God uses to spread something impactful to a community. The vision of Village Hymns began four years ago inside the heart of a local South Florida worship leader. Josh Bramos pulled together a small group of worship leader friends who wrote songs for […]

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