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Dinner.Bible.Friends - Fall Edition

The first three Wednesdays of each month our Godspeed family gets together for dinner and small group Bible studies. We call it A-Two-42: "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We do it because...well, we like being together. There's something good about eating a meal together -- or "table fel...

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Encouragement From the Book of Zechariah

Do you ever feel like giving up? I do. I don’t like to admit it, but it happens. It’s not always giving up on big things, like a job or a task. It’s more often giving up on doing the godly thing for the rest of the day, or the rest of a conversation. Giving up and becoming lazy about my attitude. Giving up on the struggle to be others-centered rather than...

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Who God is and What He Wants: Mark 14:1-11

Jesus anointed, Jesus betrayed...

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10 Things You Should Know About Evangelism

Mack Stiles, author of "How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus," has posted a helpful article titled, "10 Things You Should Know About Evangelism" on the Crossway website. His points help us to think clearly and biblically about what evangelism is, and is not. View his whole post here....

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Sermon Follow-up: "Everyday Christians Embrace Self-denial... Every Day"

Hello Godspeed, It was great to be together yesterday! I hope we’ll “stay together” this week as a church — praying for each other, reaching out to help one another, and reaching out for help when you need it in any way. If you have a special need, please feel free to call the church office at 401-545-0724. We talked yesterday about taking up our ...

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Sermon Follow-up: "Repentance is the Key to the Gospel for Me"

On Sunday, May 25, we looked at Mark 1:14-15 -  “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (We went backward in Mark for one week, a communion Sunday, in order to answer the question, "What exactly do we mean by 'the gospel for Christians?'") So here's a quick summary of the points of the sermon. As alway...

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Sermon Follow-up: Five Questions About "Motives Matter Most"

On Sunday we looked carefully at Mark 7:1-23.  Then after we studied the text, we asked five questions and made five application points.  Here are those questions and takeaways: 1. Are you sure this is really that big of a deal? Yes, look at just a handful of other passages in the Bible: Matthew 6:1“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other peo...

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20 Schemes Conference - Reflections

The day following a conference is often full of nitty-gritty details, like emails and expense reviews. But it's also when I begin categorizing some of the ways God spoke to me, so I don't forget and walk away from James' biblical "mirror" (James 1:23). Here are a few of the speakers' thoughts about fruitful ministry among the urban poor, and about Scotland....

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2014 Gospel Coalition Women's Conference - Orlando

The 2014 Gospel Coalition Women's Conference is coming up in just a few months! Held at the Orlando Hilton Hotel, June 27-29, 2014, this is a conference for women, all about the Word! Plenary speakers will unfold the book of Nehemiah—the story of God's people returned to a broken-down city and called to trust God's Word at a point of great need. It's about God redeem...

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Bible Reading in the New Year

Someone just asked me about Bible reading plans and sent me this one from Joe Carter. I have two thoughts about his reading plan, then a few other recommendations to add to it. I like the idea that Joe Carter suggests re-reading a book many times. Reading the same thing many times has a way of kneading the text into our minds like nothing else. But kneading it into our he...

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