Vision from the valley: Examining Life Through David's Psalms

In this six-week study at Lakewood Baptist Church, we will reflect on six Psalms that pair with our OT19 readings about the life of David in 1-2 Samuel. From David’s own meditations, we will glean how we can biblically and faithfully live our own lives in a manner that honors God even in the midst of life’s deepest valleys.

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Tyler Smiley
Redeeming Love: An Introduction to Ruth

After Judges, the book of Ruth comes like a breath of fresh air. While we see the heartache caused by Israel’s rebellion during this period, we finally comes across commendable people. This brief narrative offers a glimpse of hope that the Lord is still working during the period of Judges despite all the sin of his people. In fact, the book relays how God is at work in ordinary, everyday life to bring about his extraordinary purposes. Through Ruth’s line, God will bring David to be the king over his people. David, however, is not the end of the story, for Ruth points forward to David’s Son, Jesus, who will come to be the true and final king over God’s people. 

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John D. Morrison
The God Who Delivers: Introducing the Book of Judges

Judges is full of murder, intrigue, and seduction, but all of the accounts that fill this book point us forward to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Judges reveals central truths of the gospel. Judges shows human nature and our desire to reject God’s rule over our lives. It goes on to portray vividly the consequences of that rejection. And yet, human rejection of the Lord is not the end of the story. He is a gracious and merciful God who intervenes to rescue his people.

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Entering the Land of Promise

Joshua recounts the people of Israel entering the promised land. The book connects the pre-history of Israel — the nation’s formation and wilderness wanderings — with the nation’s life in the promised land. In many ways, this book is the culmination of all that has come before in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.

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John D. Morrison
Forgiven to Forgive

The parable of the unforgiving servant brings the necessity of forgiveness into sharpest relief. Christ makes clear how essential forgiving others us when he tells the story of a servant who has been forgiven an enormous debt to the king, but then that same servant refuses to grant his fellow servant more time to pay back a much smaller debt. Jesus’s teaching is clear: those who have been forgiven much must forgive.

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John D. Morrison
Church Planting to Equip the Saints

What’s the key to evangelizing the lost and to planting new churches? Gabe Dodd, the pastor of the Branch Church in Dahlonega, GA, believes that the best strategy for evangelism and church planting is to equip the people of the church to serve in God’s mission.

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Biblical Diversity in Church Planting

I believe that diversity is a battle worth taking up in church planting and revitalization. For in diversity, we see the heart of God and his beauty. At the end of the day, I want people to look at our community and see that something supernatural is happening. We desire to be a community that is ONLY held together by the blood of the Lamb - not our likes, dislikes, experiences, and needs.  In diversity, you know the Lord is doing a work in people because no one would be there for any other reason. It’s too messy; it’s too hard; it’s too complicated. But through Christ it’s beautiful.

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church plantingAlex Gailey
To the Highways and the Hedges: Planting Churches in America's Small Communities

Isn’t the United States of America a “Christian” nation? Isn’t the slogan, “In God We Trust,” engraved on our national currency? Aren’t there plenty of church buildings dotting the landscape already? And aren’t there enough dying churches which we should first revitalize before we start planting new ones? Do we really need new churches to be planted in the United States? The answer to that question is an emphatic, “Yes!”

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church plantingDavis Lacey
The Temple of Our Triune God

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 for the church to be “filled with all the fullness of God” is a prayer for the church to be the Lord’s temple. That the people of God would be the temple of God requires a work of the entire Trinity in our lives. Furthermore, the fact that believers together are joined as a temple holy unto the Lord means that the Christian life requires the community of faith.

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John D. Morrison
Gospel Partnerships (Part 3)

How should a local church join in the global mission of God? Part of the answer to that question can be found in how the church in Philippi supported Paul throughout his missionary endeavors. Paul describes their relationship as a “partnership in the gospel.” Together, they worked to make Christ known through the world. In the letter to the Philippians, we find a model for how a local church joins in proclaiming the gospel around the world.

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John D. Morrison
Gospel Partnerships (Part 2)

How should a local church join in the global mission of God? Part of the answer to that question can be found in how the church in Philippi supported Paul throughout his missionary endeavors. Paul describes their relationship as a “partnership in the gospel.” Together, they worked to make Christ known through the world. In the letter to the Philippians, we find a model for how a local church joins in proclaiming the gospel around the world.

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John D. Morrison
Gospel Partnerships (Part 1)

How should a local church join in the global mission of God? Part of the answer to that question can be found in how the church in Philippi supported Paul throughout his missionary endeavors. Paul describes their relationship as a “partnership in the gospel.” Together, they worked to make Christ known through the world. In the letter to the Philippians, we find a model for how a local church joins in proclaiming the gospel around the world.

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John D. Morrison
Seven Theological Virtues

Our vision at Rooted & Grounded is to create theological content to grow the church in our knowledge of God in order that we would grow in our love for him and for our neighbor. Within this phrase is a statement of what we do and our goal in doing it. My aim in this article is to explain what we mean by “theological content.” In other words, I hope to answer the question: what is good theology?

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John D. Morrison