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A Library of One Book

By secretary | 10.25.17

If I turn around from my computer, I see a wall full of books — 25 shelves to be exact.  Some of these are biographies of great spiritual leaders, while others are sermon outlines.  There are commentaries, biblical encyclopedias, Greek word studies, classroom studies, counseling texts, topical studies, etc.  However, all of them in some way or another are pointing towards the only book that really matters — THE BIBLE.   Paul wrote Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  The writings of preachers and scholars must never take the place of God’s book, and they must never tarnish the truths of God’s revelation.   In September of 1832, at [...]

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Following The Footprints

By Don Loftis | 10.18.17

In April of 1719,  Daniel Defoe published his fictional story about Robinson Crusoe.  It is a tale of a seaman’s exploits that finally land him on a seemingly deserted island where he will be marooned for seven years.  One day he saw a footprint in the sand that was not his, and he knew that he was not alone.   Ed Markquart suggests that Jesus’ coming into the world was a giant, divine footprint designed to tell us that we are not alone.  Paul described Jesus’ “footprint” to the Philippians by saying, “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7).   Jesus came to [...]

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A Silver Anniversary

By Don Loftis | 10.04.17

We normally associate anniversaries with milestones in a marriage.  However, on Friday morning, Pam and I will celebrate our 25th year of work for the Lord here in Old Hickory.  We came with three children at home.  Now, they are all married, and we have 6 grandchildren and a seventh on the way.  I had darker hair, less weight, more energy, and the same bad singing voice.   Your encouragement has sustained a good ministry for a quarter of a century and has served as a great blessing to all of our family.  Together, we have celebrated births, baptisms, graduations, and weddings.  Together, we have mourned the deaths of those we love and wrestled with the spiritual struggles within our church family.   It would be an impossible task to thank all who have touched [...]

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