Author: Drew Cox

Covenanted Together: How the Body of Christ Interacts with One Another

Take a moment to think about your most recent interactions with your brothers and sisters in Christ, specifically those who are your fellow church members. What are they like? Do you talk about sports, the weather, the latest political news? Was it a sort of “Hey, how are you?” “Good, how are you? ” surface level conversation? None of these interactions are bad per se; however, when we covenanted together with a local body of believers, we are covenanted with them to do something specific. When it comes to considering how to interact with church members two components are...

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Thanks Be to God for Building Healthy Churches

If someone were to ask how you characterize a healthy church, what specifics would you mention? Or perhaps a fill in the blank question would do: “Seeing _____________ in the local church would give me the impression that this is a healthy church.” Would you say the right programs, convenient service times, enough children’s programs, talented musicians with contemporary music, or the best technology around? I’m not saying these are all wrong, but these are some of the current trends taking place, and I think we would do well to examine Scripture closer and see what the Lord has...

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I have read about the temptation of Jesus numerous times in Matthew’s Gospel account; however, I have missed something critical every time. That is until this past time when the Lord gracious revealed this truth to me. In Matthew 4:8-9, Satan takes Jesus to the top of a very high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. Satan has the audacity to tell Jesus that he will give it all to Him if He bows down to Satan. As I read this, the Spirit was reminding me that Jesus is preeminent and all things are His (Colossians...

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