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Men and Women in Church

Chad Haygood

This past Sunday we covered a controversial topic from 1 Timothy: women and church leadership. We asked ourselves the question, "What does Paul mean when he says, 'I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man.'?" As we saw, Scripture's emphasis is on a woman's role as an elder-like authoritative position in the church. Women are not permitted to be placed in the role of an elder within the church. Women, like most men, are to be submissive to their church leadership and not in positions of authority.

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Chad Haygood

God Moves In A Mysterious Way by William Cowper

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.
He plants his footsteps on the sea, And rides upon the storm.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds you so much dread,
Are big with mercy, and shall break, With blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Chad Haygood

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go by George Matheson

O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

Jesus I My Cross Have Taken

Chad Haygood

Jesus I My Cross Have Taken by Henry Lyte:

Jesus, I my cross have taken,

All to leave and follow Thee.

Destitute, despised, forsaken,

Thou from hence my all shall be.

Perish every fond ambition,

All I’ve sought or hoped or known.

Yet how rich is my condition!

God and heaven are still my own.

Let the world despise and leave me,

They have left my Savior, too.

Human hearts and looks deceive me;

Thou art not, like them, untrue.

O while Thou dost smile upon me,

God of wisdom, love, and might,

Foes may hate and friends disown me,

Show Thy face and all is bright.

Same-Sex "Marriage" and the Church

Chad Haygood

Today marks a monumental day in the history of the United States. Today our Supreme Court issued two rulings that involved two cases which challenged our historic understanding and definition of marriage. I will not go into a lot of detail about these rulings but want to instead point you to a great resource that will help you understand what happened today with much more detail and clairity that I can.

Ten Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam

Josh Reynolds

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and there is an increasing presence of Muslims in the United States. As those who have been given the Great Commission to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, it would serve us well to learn a few things about Islam.

This short article is a very helpful primer.

The Infinite and the Finite

Josh Reynolds

Many in our church have benefited greatly from a little prayer and devotional book called "The Valley of Vision" which is a collection of "Puritan" inspired prayers. One of the reasons I love this prayer/devotional guide is that it enlarges my view of God and gives me fresh perspective on His character and my utter dependence upon Him. It also give me such a glorious view of the gospel. Today I prayed this prayer on the "Infinite nature" of God and how that should shape our daily lives!

"Thou Great I AM,

When My Children Act Out in Public

Chad Haygood

The title alone jumps out at you, doesn't it? Well, it jumped out at me (maybe because they act out far too often). Here is what an author of another blog said,

Before I had children, I didn't realize how much I desired and yearned for affirmation from others. God has used my boys as mirrors, reflecting back to me the pride and selfishness I didn't know were hiding in the deepest crevices of my heart. Situations....provide the opportunity for me to recognize, acknowledge, and remove the idols.

The Curse of Motivational Speaking

Josh Reynolds

Here is a quote from Pastor Conrad Mbewe on "motivational speaking vs. biblical preaching":

A News Story You Haven't Heard About

Chad Haygood

There is a story, in fact a trial, that has been going on that you may not have heard about. Unless you're a faithful watcher of Fox News or have read some of the buzz going around the internet, you may have never heard of Kermit Gosnell. Sadly, our news media has by and large chosen to ignore this issue. Even more sad is that it involves the senseless murder of children.