1 John 4:1-3

  • March 4, 2018
  • BY Scott Lilly
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Do Not Believe Every Spirit John Stott: The Spirit of God always honors the Son of God.     1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of … [Read More...] 1 John 4:1-3

1 John 3:19-24

  • February 25, 2018
  • BY Scott Lilly
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God is Greater than Our Heart Thomas Brooks: By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love … [Read More...] 1 John 3:19-24

Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Preaching Style

  • February 22, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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While there are many important characteristics a Teaching Pastor should exemplify, the committee’s primary focus is on the preaching ability and giftedness of each potential candidate. The committee evaluates the preaching and teaching ability of each potential candidate before we discuss any other aspects. We pray that the Holy Spirit would guide our time listening … [Read More…] Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Preaching Style

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A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham died this morning, February 21, 2018, and I must add my voice to the many tributes that are pouring in from all over the world. It is difficult to convey in words what this man has meant in my life ever since I was 12 years old.


It all began in a farmhouse in southern Saskatchewan Canada.


“Who is Billy Graham?” I asked my sister Esther when she came into my bedroom to tell me that we were going to go to see a film that starred Billy Graham. “He is an evangelist in the United States and when he preaches hundreds get saved,” she said. That evening my older brother drove the rest of us to a town about 20 miles away to see Mr. Texas, the first film produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic association. I was mesmerized by vignettes of a young, energetic Billy Graham preaching to a packed stadium in Houston, Texas. From that day on I had but one earthly hero: Billy Graham.


I began to listen to The Hour of Decision regularly; I read Billy Graham’s book, Peace with God, and even used material from it when I preached my first sermon at the age of 16. Like many young men who feel called to preach, I began to impersonate Billy Graham, always pretending that it was I who was speaking to those large crowds!


As the years progressed I continued to admire Billy Graham for his integrity and his faith in the simple message of the gospel. I was amazed at his humility despite having world-wide fame and the adoration of millions.


God had a surprise for this farm boy from Canada. In 1980 I became the Senior Pastor of The Moody Church, and in 1988 Billy Graham spoke here at a rally commemorating the past ministry of Youth for Christ. I spent a few moments alone with him, and finally had the opportunity to tell him how I had followed him throughout the years and how much he meant to me. “That’s too bad,” came his surprising reply. “I am such an unworthy servant of the Lord, and nobody should ever follow me.”


So there he was. The man I’d admired throughout the many years, the man who had a greater impact on my life than I could ever tell—that man, sitting on a couch in my study, was more humble and unassuming than I could have imagined.


This morning, when I heard he had died, I immediately spoke to his oldest daughter Gigi and his grandson Will. As Will was weeping over the phone I told him, “So sad…but just think of the many people your grandfather took with him to heaven!”


As Billy Graham entered into the presence of the Lord today, he did so not as a famous evangelist but as a humble servant totally dependent on the salvation of Christ. He heard “well done” not because of his preaching to large crowds, but rather for being faithful to his calling.


Thanks, Billy. I look forward to meeting you again and thanking you once more for the impact you had on the life of this farm boy.

1 John 3:16-18

  • February 18, 2018
  • BY Scott Lilly
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In Deed and Truth F.F. Bruce: Frequently, a Christian will not be called upon to give his life, or even risk it, for his fellows. But he will have frequent opportunity of showing his love in less exacting ways.   1 John 3:16-18 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we … [Read More...] 1 John 3:16-18

7 Things You Should Look For (And Seek To Become) When Dating

  • February 12, 2018
  • BY Eric Targe
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  7 Things You Should Look For (And Seek To Become) When Dating Want to start dating? Here are some things you should consider about your potential interest and yourself before you start the process…   The List of Seven:   1- A Good Name I don’t mean Liam, Benedict, or Nora, those are cool names, but they’re not necessarily good names. … [Read More…] 7 Things You Should Look For (And Seek To Become) When Dating

1 John 3:11-15

  • February 11, 2018
  • BY Scott Lilly
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Because We Love the Brothers John Stott: Eternal life is evidenced not only in a general love for all humankind, but in a particular love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. The authentic followers of Jesus Christ hunger for Christian fellowship. They do not give up meeting together, but delight to worship and pray … [Read More...] 1 John 3:11-15