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You Cannot Out-Love God

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Do you love God? He loves you more. He loved you first. He loved you when you still hated him and had no time for him. Believer in Christ, you cannot out-love God. His love for you will always infinitely surpass your love for him. God's love for you in Christ is too great for you to understand. (1 John 4:19; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 3:19). I smile when I read about God's love in thi...

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Dealing With Uncertainty

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A recent op-ed piece in The New York Times by Columbia professor Mark Lilla discussed the folly of relying on the economic and political forecasts of pundits who appear on cable news. His point was that most of what happens in our world is impossible to predict, so we should stop believing in the existence of "experts" who possess the ability to see what the future holds. ...

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Sub-Christian Responses to the Killing of George Floyd

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I do not feel qualified to tell anyone how they should respond to the recent killing of George Floyd, who died while being arrested by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. But I can think of ways that Christians definitely should not react. Two responses to this tragedy that are beneath the high calling of those who follow Jesus are apathy and hatred. 1) APATHY...

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Conflict & Quarantine

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Interpersonal relationships are never easy. Getting along with others can be even more complicated during this time of COVID-19. Being cooped up indoors with roommates and family members, trying to work from home while helping children with on-line schooling, hashing out decisions with co-workers while unable to meet together physically, shopping in stores while trying to ...

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CHURCH COVID UPDATE

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Dear ACC Family, I miss gathering to worship on Sunday mornings. I miss greeting my church family, joining with others to sing God's praise, and meeting at the Lord's Table to celebrate our Savior's love. I am looking forward to the day we can do all this again. The ACC elders and staff are in on-going conversations about when, how, and at what pace to re-open weekly wors...

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Three Words For Understanding Pentecost

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In the traditional Christian calendar, this coming Sunday marks the celebration of Pentecost, the day we remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early church as described in Acts 2. The disciples were gathered in a building in Jerusalem when suddenly they heard a sound that reminded them of rushing wind. They saw what appeared to be flames of fire resting on eac...

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More Prayer Classics - A Prayer for Peace and Justice

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Recently I ran a series of blog posts featuring selections from classic Christian writings on prayer. I would like to share a few more. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was one of 17 children born to parents who were former slaves. As an educator and civil rights activist in the years surrounding World War II, Ms. Bethune became a tireless voice for justice, peace, and equ...

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More Prayer Classics - The One Who Teaches Prayer

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Recently I ran a series of blog posts featuring selections from classic Christian writings on prayer. I would like to share a few more. The following selection comes from the writings of Jean-Nicholas Grou (1730-1803), a Jesuit priest who lived in France and Holland. Gou reminds us that, though it can be helpful to read what others have written about prayer, we only truly...

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More Prayer Classics: When Your Prayers Seem Weak

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Recently I ran a series of blog posts featuring selections from classic Christian writings on prayer. I would like to share a few more. John Newton (1725-1807) was an Anglican minister and abolitionist, known, among other things, for his dramatic conversion from a life as a slave trader and for writing the hymn "Amazing Grace." The following is an excerpt from a letter N...

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More Prayer Classics - Your Prayers Make a Difference

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Recently I ran a series of blog posts featuring selections from classic Christian writings on prayer. I would like to share a few more. This selection comes from the opening chapter of Touch the World through Prayer, a book by missionary Wesley L. Duewel. Born in 1916, and still alive at age 103, Rev. Duewel has been an inspiration to many through his passion for global e...

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