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Glimpses of Church History: John Newton the Great Letter-Writer

Many if not most professing Christians are familiar the song “Amazing Grace.” The hymn’s author John Newton (1725-1807), however, is not as well known. In this brief article, I want acquaint you with Newton so that you might (1) praise God for His grace in the life of a sinner; and (2) learn from Newton’s example in one specific area. A Debauched S...

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Parenting 101 | Discipling Your Children is More Than Family Devotions

It was about two years ago when I was in the kitchen preparing lunch and caught a familiar tune wafting from the living room. My son was singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” along with an interactive Christmas book. Particularly delightful was his substituting “morning” for “glory” and mumbling incoherently the “peace on earth&rdq...

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Song Spotlight | It is Well With My Soul

Few hymns in the history of the modern church have had as great an impact on the lives of saints as Horatio Spafford’s, “It is Well with My Soul.” The theological depth and richness of his lyrics have been revered for over a hundred years, but we can better appreciate their significance when we understand the circumstances that gave rise to them. A Presb...

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Book Review | Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will

What’s God’s will for my life? It’s a question every Christian asks at least once on their way to heaven. For many believers, however— especially those currently 35 years old and younger—it’s a question that looms over most of their decisions, goals, and general approach to life. Christians of the so-called millennial generation are fin...

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Local Outreach | Evangelist James Bynum

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives this command to His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Here at GBF, we encourage the saints to put this essential com...

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Song Spotlight | Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; as Thou hast been Thou forever will be.   Refrain: 
 Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see;
 all I have needed Thy hand hath provided; great is Thy faithfulness, ...

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When Your Work is Unfulfilling

How does a Christian cultivate joy in Christ when he or she is laboring in a job that is occasionally unfulfilling? This is a question over which many Christians will struggle at some point during their pilgrimage. Whether you are in a job that is outside your field of expertise or interest or you’re in a line of work that does not readily appear to lead to other opp...

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Review of Why the Reformation Still Matters

Five hundred years ago this October 31st, a young Augustinian monk, disturbed about the Roman Catholic Church’s many pastoral abuses and doctrinal aberrations, nailed to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, a list of topics he wanted to debate with the local religious authorities. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Martin Luther’s “95 These...

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The Pastor's Study | God's Answer to the Problem of Evil

The greatest act of evil in the history of the world was used by God to accomplish the greatest good ever achieved. In fact, God was overseeing the most egregious act of injustice known to man. God planned it in eternity past, He predicted it in the Old Testament, He orchestrated all the events leading up to it in the New Testament, and He carried out its execution to the ...

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Testimonies of Grace: Patricia Biehn

Losing a loved one is perhaps the most difficult trial a human being can face. The grieving process that follows the loss of a beloved spouse, child, or friend is often a long and treacherous road, even for the believer. But the beauty of knowing the Creator of the universe is knowing the hope that is found in His sovereignty, His compassion, and His perfect will and glori...

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