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15 Feb 2017

God Hasn’t Finished, Have You?

Many of us use the phrase, “God is at work.” Is he? In John 5:17, Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

In the context of that passage, God was at work, first, in healing an invalid. John 5 begins with Jesus at the Sheep Gate Pool commanding an invalid who can’t make it down to the healing waters, “Get up, take your mat, and walk.”

God was also at work warning a sinner. Jesus tells the invalid who has been healed, “You are well, sin no more” (v 14).

Moreover, God was at work confronting self-righteous, hardhearted, religious legalism. Much to the disappointment of the Jews, Jesus was working, granting healing and life, on the Sabbath.

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04 Jan 2017
  • Is following Jesus hard or easy? Obeying Jesus demands our total allegiance, but a lifestyle of discipleship brings the joy of life as it was meant to be.

Jesus said, “Take up (your) cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). But He also said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

So which is it? Is a life of discipleship a comfort or crucifixion?

C. S. Lewis points out the seeming paradox. On the one hand, Jesus proclaims the delights of discipleship; on the other, the seemingly crushing cost.

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03 Nov 2016

A Core Value of our partnerships is to offer each year opportunities for your leadership to receive excellent training that can greatly improve the health of your church.

We want healthy churches in CrossNet Baptist Network. This article by Dr. Rainer suggests several measuring sticks for evaluating church health.

The following post was written by Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay. It is printed with permission from

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29 Sep 2016
Cleveland, Tennessee, is growing dramatically in population, diversity, and lostness. Cleveland, Tennessee, may not be a major city in the United States, but we are like many communities where our city is a rapidly changing mission field, with people from all over the world residing here.

     Stanley McChrystal wrote in his book, Team of Teams, that the world has shifted from being complicated to complex and predictable to unpredictable.

     Cleveland, Tennessee is making a shift.

     To reach this mission field, we must have the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

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02 Sep 2016

Phil Taylor

As we head through September, please remember to submit your annual church profile information no later than September 18th. Many of you have picked these up at the office, now we need the information. As you wrap up your business conferences and meetings, please make sure to update the ACP.

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