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Leonce Crump II is the pastor at Renovation Church in Atlanta Georgia.
This is the lynchpin, because He chose us before the foundation of the world, and in love, He predestined us for adoption. So we are predestined, chosen, and adopted.
Before the concept of time itself existed, before the Evil One turned in pride from God to his own
works, before the unveiling of creation itself…God chose His children. Now, I want to slow
down, and pause, so that you absorb the great, cosmic, joy-laden words of Paul here…so
that you can soak in what is being communicated here. As far back as imagination will
allow, before the dawn of time, it was there that God chooses us.
Are you feeling the very tangible weight of such a statement? Do you understand all of the
implications of this, that the Father chose us before He even created us? What a glorious
A Preface for my Christ Family
Recently, I had the chance to read an article in XXL Magazine, which had the potential to excite me because it focused on Christian rap, but in the end somewhat disappointed and even grieved me. Internally, I was restless until finally deeming it necessary to respond for the sake of the glory of Christ, the benefit of His people, and the benefit of the mission to reach hip hop with the gospel.
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John Onwuchekwa is the pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, GA.
Here’s the problem
Had a conversation with a good friend of mine this past week as we were on the
back porch grilling. Having just celebrated a birthday, we were talking about
the “good ole days” and what’s wrong with these “young bucks” nowadays. My
good friend shared with me a story about a guy he had a conversation with. He
asked the younger guy what he was “learning.” The younger dude responded
by recounting all the books he was reading, restating all of the quotes that he
tweeted from the books that he read. When he got done, my friend repeated the
question, “so what are you learning?
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Rich Perez is the pastor of Christ Crucified Fellowship in (Washington Heights) New York City.
A Gospel Community: A Re-Emphasis on Mission
Right teaching leads to right practice. Gospel intake should lead us to gospel living.
Enlightened and transformed by the light of the gospel message, with Jesus as it's
center, we are not merely encouraged, but rather mandated by it to live a lifestyle