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Ending the Body Count

October 11, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

I was once asked to read I Corinthians 13 at a wedding. I Corinthians 13, of course, is the greatest essay on the subject of love in all of literature. After the ceremony, a young woman in the wedding party came up to me and began to complement me on the words that I shared. After a little probing, I discovered that she thought that I h... Keep Reading

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Singing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land

October 5, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

We are 34 days away from a monumental election in the United States, and one that will set the trajectory for this country for decades to come. With great velocity, we have witnessed in the last decade the advancement of a progressive agenda in America that has been astonishing. Recently, I was attending a symphony concert with a number of ... Keep Reading

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When You Pass Through The Waters,I Will Be With You Written by Pastor Jim Law I have lived in south Louisiana since 1988 and have been through a number of disasters. Hurricane Katrina has redefined life for those of us along the I-10 corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Often conversations in our area are prefaced with, “Sin... Keep Reading

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I'm Not the Master of My Fate, Nor the Captain of My Soul Written by Pastor Jim Law William Ernest Henley was an influential poet, critic, and editor in the late 1800’s. His life was marked by sorrow and struggle. His greatest battle was with tuberculosis which eventually took his life at the age of 53. Henley was best known for his... Keep Reading

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Resurrection +

April 21, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Resurrection + Written by Pastor Jim Law Following the invasion of Normandy in World War II, many historians chronicled the Allies progress through Europe as D-Day + (the number of days from June 6th 1944). For the Christ follower, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the most important weekend in the history of the world and in ... Keep Reading

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Take Hold of That Which Is Truly Life

January 21, 2016 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

For the last few months I have been sharing pastoral reflections from twenty-two years with the same congregation. In previous posts we have discussed Gospel centrality; the priority of prayer; spiritual leadership; spiritual sweat; and healthy relationships in church life. Each of these posts mirrored the Apostle Paul’s instruction in... Keep Reading

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In this Christmas season, once again the question of the ages is, “Who was the baby in the manger?” If he was in fact God in human flesh, and his life was lived in the monumental way in which it was lived, what are we supposed to do with that information? The Apostle John wrote his gospel to answer that question:“so that yo... Keep Reading

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Healthy Relationships in Church Life

December 15, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp have written a helpful book entitled Relationships: A Mess Worth Making. In one of their chapters, they ask the question, “Why bother?” Of course, they are asking “why bother” with relationships at all in light of how they are often painful and troubling. Lane and Tripp argue stron... Keep Reading

Spiritual Sweat

December 2, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

From the age of five until I was twenty-two, I spent most of my time either on a ball field or in a gymnasium. Through my youth, I was involved in hundreds of practices and games. Athletics was very much at the center of my life, and from those experiences I learned the importance of commitment, teamwork, and discipline. When I came to savi... Keep Reading

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Spiritual Leadership

November 12, 2015 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

This is the third installment of articles that are pastoral reflections on twenty-two years with the same congregation. I am following a series of themes that emerge from Paul’s pastoral letter of First Timothy and have found this New Testament letter to be crucial in forging my ministry philosophy as well as our church’s practic... Keep Reading

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