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What to Wear to Church

We Don’t Know What to Wear to Church Anymore To everything there is a season and a time . . . and yes, there is a time to dress up. The need to suggest such a thing is an indictment on our casual-minded, downgraded, culture. But when people now wear their pajamas to the mall and think little of it, it’s time to reverse this cultural digression before our worship service looks more like a slumber party than the ultimate wedding ceremony that it is. When I was a kid, my parents regularly took me to the symphony. Everyone dressed. . . Read more »

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Worship is a Good Offense

Worship is for Believers The past two Lord’s Days, a few of our members shared with me how they wept through portions of our worship service. These emotions are not uncommon as believers bask in God’s glory with understanding of what is going on in His presence. The sense of holy awe before the throne moves our whole being. When we leave we are different people. In order to have a good defense of the faith, we need to have a good offense. That’s what worship is. Worship is the fountainhead from which all of life springs. But worship is. . . Read more »

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I Am Who I Am

Reflecting His Image I remember an occasion when I was trying to find my way around in a dark room where only faint shadows could be discerned. As I turned a corner, I realized I was not alone. I could barely make out an outline that looked like another person. With a heart-pounding adrenaline surge, I reached for the switch and turned on the lights. When the illumination revealed the secrets of the darkness, I found that the person I saw was me. I had seen a reflection of myself in the mirror on the wall. Image-reflecting is what mirrors. . . Read more »

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Hate Speech

Friendly Debate As I sat working in my office, a knock was heard; it was the orthodox Jew I had recently met. I had gotten to know him well enough that we could venture into some difficult conversations. Clutched in his hand was a Hebrew Old Testament. He was energized from our last conversation, and I could tell that he was ready for battle. I reached for my sword, the Hebrew version to match his weapon of choice, and after mutual salutations, I let him take the first blow. Fortunately, God had prepared me for this battle. I thought I. . . Read more »

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Loving God’s Law & Legislating Morality

by Rev. Marion Lovett Legislating Morality The law is good. Application of the law is good. In fact, we have to apply the law in order to keep it. In addition, I believe our government ought to legislate morality. For either it will legislate morality or immorality. After all, we do support outlawing abortion. Don’t we? Sabbath breaking, like murder and abortion, was an offense that required capital punishment in order for justice to be met. So legislating Sabbath morality is good. God blessed Nehemiah when he did this (cf. Neh 13:15-22). The problem, however, comes when we go beyond. . . Read more »

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Eating Plastic Fruit

Every Monday we receive a basket full of organic fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmer friend. I know a little about the hard work and toil that goes into each basket. It requires good seed, good soil, good water, and plenty of good hard work. There is no short cutting the process. There is no such thing as instant edible fruit. The agrarian metaphors of Scripture are particularly applicable in today’s modern, synthetic society. The world is always trying to create things that must be grown and forcing things that must take time. Authentic fruit is a result. . . Read more »

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Lifted Up Into the Heavenlies

The more I love my wife the more I want to be with her, enjoy her, and share all of life’s experiences with her. And what makes it all the better is to know these feelings are mutual. A few issues back I wrote an article about marriage being the metaphor for the relationship Christ has with His Church (His Bride), and not the other way around. Building on that truth, we must consider more closely our earthly marriages and the realities they reveal about our heavenly relationship with Christ. The epistle to the Hebrews is rich with heavenly truths. . . Read more »

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Eating Plastic Fruit

Every Monday we receive a basket full of organic fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmer friend. I know a little about the hard work and toil that goes into each basket. It requires good seed, good soil, good water, and plenty of good hard work. There is no short cutting the process. There is no such thing as instant edible fruit. The agrarian metaphors of Scripture are particularly applicable in today’s modern, synthetic society. The world is always trying to create things that must be grown and forcing things that must take time. Authentic fruit is a result. . . Read more »

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Rev. Marion Lovett

Rev. Marion Lovett.

Marion is the pastor of Heritage Church in Centerville, Tennessee and is married to Chesley with whom he has eight children. Marion is a graduate of the University of Florida (BSEE) and worked in the corporate world for five years before the Lord called him to the ministry. After receiving an MDiv degree from Bob Jones University, he moved to Atlanta to plant a church. After 10 years of ministry in Atlanta, the Lord called him to plant a rural work in Centerville, TN where he now ministers, and hopes to die – some day.
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