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A Word From Our Pastor // April 2
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On Sunday, March 15, I quoted from a great resource to help apply the exhortation to repent. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson was first published in 1668. In this classic work, Watson defines repentance as “a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and...

Our Mission and Vision
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Imagine that [a] pandemic swept through your part of the world, and that all assemblies of more than three people were banned by the government for reasons of public health and safety. . . . How would your congregational continue to function?" Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and...

A Follow-Up to Sunday Morning
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For consecutive weeks, our primary Sunday morning text included a call for God’s people to fast. In both Joel 1 and 2, the prophet instructs his hearers to “consecrate a fast” as a means of preparation for meeting with God. In light of their sin, they were to return to God and...

A Word From Our Pastor
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While many in our church family heeded the warnings to avoid the public gathering because of health concerns, we were blessed to gather for worship and provide a live stream for those at home. I’m convinced God displayed His kind providence and grace by leading us to Joel 1 as a sermon...

The Church Is A Gift
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It’s been popular in evangelical churches during the past several years to do initiatives under the heading, “I Love My Church.” A quick web search will show dozens of sermon series, t-shirt designs, and even promotional materials to help churches roll-out this type of...

Wisdom in the New Year
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While preaching from 1 John 4:1-6 on January 5, I encouraged us to invest our time and energy more wisely this year to help us avoid false teaching. By God’s gracious providence, my thinking was triggered in this direction by a resource I saw last week called the Wisdom Pyramid. It was...

Who is Lottie Moon?
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Charlotte Diggs “Lottie” Moon was born on December 12, 1840 in Virginia to affluent parents. She rebelled against Christ until experiencing spiritual awakening in 1858 during a revival at her college. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1861...

Made For Friendship
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“This world is full of sorrow because it is full of sin. It is a dark place. It is a lonely place. It is a disappointing place. The brightest sunbeam in it is a friend. Friendship halves our troubles and doubles our joy.”  J.C. Ryle God made humans to be in relationship. First...

What are Discipleship Groups?
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Parkway Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so believers are responsible to reflect God in the world. While this involves every aspect of our lives, it can perhaps be summarized best through the idea of  “following...