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Conquer: The Need for a Study on Purity for Men

The Problem Never before has one issue affected the church so significantly at the same time as pornography. Pornography use in our culture is a growing problem. Each of us has a relationship with pornography - either we have struggled with it ourselves in the past, currently, or we know someone close to us who has. Check out these statistics* that help us understand the ...

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Children's Ministry is Not Second Rate!

As we gear up for another fall season, we want to take a few weeks to highlight a very important aspect of our church: Citadel Square Kids. If you didn't know, we have up to 90 childreneverySunday, including a number of children from the Chinese Church who meets in our chapel room on Sunday. We are so thankful for our leaders and volunteers who make it happen each Sunday, ...

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Introducing 1st Samuel

Hey Church! This weekend we get ready to begin a new series in the book of 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel is a pivotal book in the life of the nation of Israel. Coming on the heels of the book of Judges, this book is a peek into the history of how one of Israel's greatest periods of peace and prosperity began. It chronicles the life of the person of Samuel, the last judge. Samuel c...

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How To Pray In Jesus' Name

John 14:13-14 - Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. Last Sunday, Pastor Steve Heron cast a vision for our church to be rooted in prayer. So many of us desire to pray more frequently, but we lack spiritual power because we have yet to learn to pray as Jesus has taught u...

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Three Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Worship

As we grow in worshipand engage with God together on Sundays, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few things to think through as you look forward to Sunday mornings. It is such a blessing to sing together, reminding one another about the truths of Jesus we so easily forget. My hope is that we will leave each Sunday humbled by the majesty of God and encouraged by hi...

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Why Membership?

Why Membership? If you are new to Citadel Square, you may be wondering how you can get connected further into the life of our church. Even if you have been with us for a while and would call Citadel Square home, you may still have a lot of questions about who we are and what we believe God's vision for this church is. This Sunday, after our worship gathering, we will have...

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Holy Week Devotional - Resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday Readings The Resurrection - Matthew 28:120,John 20:131 To reflect further, you candownloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. Also, as you reflect this weekend, take some time to listen to our Holy Week Playlist. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Saturday

Saturday Readings The Suffering Servant - Isaiah 52:1353:12Jesus' Last Words to His Disciples - John 15:1-17:26 To reflect further, you candownloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. Also, as you reflect this weekend, take some time to listen to our Good Friday and Easter Playlist. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Good Friday

Good Friday Readings Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus - Matthew 26:46-75Peter Denies Jesus - John 18:15-27The Messiah Forsaken - Psalm 22 To reflect further, you candownloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. Also, as you reflect this weekend, take some time to listen to our Good Friday and Easter Playlist. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Maundy Thursday

Maunday Thursday Readings Preparations for the Passover - Exodus 12:1-28, Matthew 26:1-46The Farewell Discourse Begins - John 13:3114:31 To reflect further, you candownloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. Also, as you prepare for Good Friday and Easter, take some time to listen to our Holy Week Playlist. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Wednesday

Wednesday Readings Jesus Teaches in the Temple -Matt. 21:2323:39;Mark 11:2712:44;Luke 20:121:4 To reflect further, you candownloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. Also, as you prepare for Good Friday and Easter, take some time to listen to our Holy Week Playlist. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Tuesday

Tuesday Readings Jesus Teaches His Followers a Lesson About the Fig Tree -Matt. 21:2022;Mark 11:2026)Jesus Predicts the Future -Matt. 2425;Mark 13:137;Luke 21:536 To reflect further, you can also downloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Monday

Monday Readings Curses a Fig Tree - Matt. 21:1819; Mark 11:1214Jesus Cleanses the Temple - Matt. 21:1213; Mark 11:1518; Luke 19:4548 To reflect further, you can also downloada free Holy Week devotional from Desiring God. ...

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Holy Week Devotional - Palm Sunday

About This Devotional Today is Palm Sunday,the first day of the week leading up to Easter, also known as Holy Week. Our goal is to help you reflect each day of this important week - both on what happened and why it is important to you today. Each day's devotional will consist of a brief video as well as the correlating Bible passages for the day. Palm Sunday Readings ...

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Introduction to Jonah

No matter yourbackground, you've probably heard the fantastic story of Jonah. A prophet, a storm, a whale... Jonah is a book that's full of drama and extraordinary miracles. It is a book with a picture of a God who can control storms, plants, the sun, the wind, and - amazingly enough - a whale. All of nature submits to this God. Sailors and foreign nations repent and worsh...

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A Christmas Reflection

When my youngest son Aaron was a toddler he had a favorite stuffed animal affectionately known as "Lamby". Lamby was no ordinary stuffed animal. Lamby was special. Wherever Aaron went, Lamby was sure to follow. This little stuffed animal was a great source of comfort and security to a young boy trying to navigate the big world around him. Every night Aaron would drift off ...

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Christmas is a meaningful time for all of us. It is a timeto remember and celebrate God's greatest gift: His Son, Jesus. When I was a child, and even today, my family remembers not only the mission activity of our Savior but the inspirational example of another selfless servant: a19th-century missionary named Charlotte "Lottie" Moon. Every Christmas our family has given ...

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Why We Celebrate Advent

Why Advent? The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darknessa light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2) It's that time of year again. No sooner than the turkey and dressing is polished off on Thanksgiving day do we quickly begin the yearly transition: it's time to get ready for Christmas.Feliz Navidadis already on the ra...

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What Is Worship - Part 2

In last week's post, we learned that worship is not primarily about music and certainly isn't confined to Sunday mornings. Worship is an all-of-life response that declares what we desire most, what we trust in, and what we will submit to. So, what does this all-inclusive view of worship mean for the whole church when we get together on Sunday mornings? Why do we li...

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How to Make Halloween Missional

Halloween can be a strange holiday for Christians. On one hand, it celebrates some pretty dark things. On the other hand,it is the one night each year when the neighborhood comes to your front door.So how can we use this strange time for good?Here are a couple of simple principles for you to seize the opportunities Halloween will present in your neighborhood this year. ...

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Five Natural Ways to Get to the Gospel

This week's post was written by Jimmy Needham for Desiring God. In light of our discussions on being a church that proclaims the message of the gospel and our upcoming Evangelism Training, we hope that you find this resource helpful. Think of evangelism like a road trip. Every trip you take has a beginning and an end. You determine your route not only by your destinatio...

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Why Join a Church?

As we look forward to our upcoming Membership 101 gathering, we want to share this great article about why you should join a church. This post was written by David Mathis and originally appeared at Desiring God. One of the most counter-cultural things you can do is become an engaged member of a faithful local church. In our flighty and noncommittal age, neither non-Chr...

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An Introduction to the Psalms

For the last seven weeks, Pastor Steve Heron has walked us through the book of Ruth. Last week, we discovered that part ofRuth's redemption story is that she bears a son named Obed. Obed becomes the father of Jesse, who we know as the father of David (Ruth 4:21), who became the King of Israel. Well, this week, we begin a new series called Summer in the Psalms.Psalms is a ...

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How Do I Disciple My Kids?

Just the other day, someone asked our family, "How do I disciple my kids?" What a great question! As we have written about before, our church is blessed to have a fantastic children's ministry, with our staff and volunteers leading the kids in worship every Sunday with a mix of stories, songs and activities that teach the bible from Genesis to Revelation. But, just as our...

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Motherhood is a Calling

This Sunday is Mother's Day. As we honor the mothers in our lives, we also acknowledge that this celebration is difficult for many because of personal loss, strained relationships, or because God, in his sovereignty, has not provided children.This week we wanted to share this post, which answers the question: "What is the calling of a mother?" It was written by Rachel Jank...

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What is Baptism?

This Sunday our church will celebrate baptism, so we want to take the opportunityto ask "What is baptism?" Take a moment to read the article below, which was written by David Mathis and originally appeared at Desiring God, that will help us answer that question as we prepare for Baptism Sunday. Visible words. That was the Reformers' term for baptism and the Lord's S...

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What If I Don't Want To Pray?

This week, Pastor Steve Heron preached from Colossians 4:2-4 on prayer. Check out the article below, which originally appreared at Desiring God, to learn some further tips on how to pray, especially when it seems hard. Few aspects of the Christian life can cause God's people more guilt than a lack of personal, private prayer. Few disciplines in the Christian life are ...

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How Faith Affects Our Work

This week, Pastor AJ Rankin preached from Colossians 3:22-4:1 on work - something we spend over half of our waking hours doing. How do we view our work in light of the gospel? Check out the article below, written by Tim Keller, on how our faith affects our work. Morals First, the Christian faith gives us a moral compass, an inner GPS giving us ethical guidance that...

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Saying Goodbye to Sunday Morning-Only Christianity

We want to equip our people to live all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ with his empowering presence. Living in gospel-saturated community is crucial for our spiritual growth. With that in mind, check out the article below - written by Jeff Vanderstelt for The Verge - and consider how you can get involved in a community of believers. For far too many Christ...

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Women and Men

Last week Pastor Steve Heron preached from Colossians about the role of a Christian wife, and this week he will focus on the role of a Christian husband. As Steve mentioned Sunday, the scriptures teach that God created us in his image, with men and women as equals, but gave us different roles to fulfill. For both single and married - this is a topic that is extremely im...

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Why Is Church Membership Important?

In our study of Colossians, Pastor Steve Heron has hit on the importance of Christian community - having people in your life who will help you grow, encourage you, be patient with you, and who will hold you accountable for when you mess up. Our hope is to be a church who lives up to this standard, pursuing community together and building one another up in love. Membersh...

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Make Your Super Bowl Missional

This article was written by Jon Dansby and originally appeared on The Verge. The Super Bowl is coming up and, whether you like football or not, it's a very big deal to the ones we want to reach with the gospel. One of the most basic principles of biblical mission is a willingness to adopt someone else's culture to reach them for Christ. Paul explains this in 1 Corint...

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Four Ways to Serve This Christmas

This post originally appeared on The Verge Network and was written by Chris Allman. Whether out of genuine desire to provide a happy holiday for the marginalized or out of sheer guilt, Christmas is the time we ramp up our acts of service. Perhaps it's just a necessary response to the onslaught of opportunities we're exposed to this time of year. No matter the reason, w...

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5 Ways to Have a Missional Thanskgiving

This post was written by Seth McBee and originally appeared on The Verge Network. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all u...

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Don't Say God is Silent with Your Bible Closed

This post was written by Matt Brown and originally appeared at Desiring God. "Don't say God is silent when your Bible is closed." I don't know who said or shared it first, but it's clear this simple statement resonates with many, at least it has with me. These ten words rebuke our fear that God might be inactive or uncaring in the brokenness and messiness of our lives,...

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Six Ways Not To Waste Your Summer

This post was writen by Jeff Vanderstelt and originally appeared at saturatetheworld.com Listen. Bless. Serve. Enjoy. July in Washington means the wet clouds have been chased away by longer sunny days, the Northwest hibernators are coming out of their caves. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is the best time to meet your neighbors and develop better friendships with c...

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Saying Goodbye to Sunday Morning Only Christianity

This post was written by Jeff Vanderstelt and originally appeared on The Verge Network. For far too many Christians, the idea of being part of a church simply means attending a Sunday morning service, maybe a small group, or a sprinkling of special events each year. Is that what God had in mind for his bride, the Church, when he sent his son to save her? No. Jesus ...

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Speed Limits Are a Call to Worship

This post was written by John Piper andoriginally appeared at Desiring God. "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. . . . Live as people who are free" (1 Peter 2:13, 16). Isn't it remarkable that subjection and freedom are so in tension here? They're in tension, but they're not in contradiction. Free people don't subject or submit. Yes, they do, but ...

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25 Ways to Be Missional in Your Neighborhood

This post was originally published on the Verge Networkby Josh Reeves, lead pastor of Redeemer Church in Round Rock, Texas. I have found that it is often helpful to have practical ideas to start engaging the people around me. Most of the things on this list are normal, everyday things that many people are already doing. The hope is that we would do these things with gos...

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What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed

This article was originally posted on Desiring God byVaneetha Rendall Risner,a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Desiring God. Feeling blessed is in vogue. A quick look at Facebook and Twitter shows how many people today feel #blessed. In our social-media world, saying you're blessed can be a way of boasting while trying to sound humble. College scholars...

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Engaging Gospel Relationships

As a new church plant approaching our second year, Centerpoint Church is still taking notes on the front row on how to be a people who are mobilized as missionary disciples where we live, work and play. So how are we seeking to live with Gospel intentionality and be the church Monday through Saturday? Gospel Culture Our vision is knowing Jesus, building community and eng...

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Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything

This post is a transcript of a Desiring God interview withDr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College Theological Seminary. At first, it can seem like to claim that the resurrection changes everything is an example of hype, but as you read the Bible and you understand all that flows out of Jesus's resurrection, it is no exaggeration to say...

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Ideas for a Missional Easter

This year we have the opportunity to celebrate Easter both together as a church, and by inviting others into our traditions. We want to encourage you to begin thinking how your family and community group can use Easter as an opportunity for mission. This post was originally featured on the blog ofEmmaus Road Church. A Missional Easter Our mission is to make and multi...

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The Bible Is Alive and Active

As we begin a new month of Daily Bible Readings for the month of March, here is an article written by Pastor Tim Keller on what he has learned about the Bible. The original article appeared in his church's monthly Redeemer Report. Western society used to be basically divided between people who (1) respected the Bible as "the truth" but didn't follow it, (2) believed a...

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1Charleston: The Great Co+Mission

Coming Together To Embrace Diversity In the Church The 1Charleston Conference is about equipping Christians and churches to be on mission, together. This year at Charleston Southern University, leaders sought to demonstrate how overcoming racial and cultural divides can be used as a means of displaying the power of the Gospel. Over the course of one Saturday, those who ca...

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A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

This article was originally posted on The Gospel Coalition by Scotty Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their e...

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Your Bible Is a Gold Mine

The word of Christ dwells richly in the one who dwells in it long enough to discover its riches (Col. 3:16). The Bible is the divine mine that contains the theological mother load. Any theology book based on it is only a small fraction of the Bible's unquantifiable wealth. That's why there will be no end to theological book publishing. The wonderful thing about this mine ...

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5 Reasons to Read the Entire Bible

Editor's Note: This article was orginially posted on The Gospel Coalition by Jeff Robinson - senior editor, pastor, and Southern Seminary adjunct professor. I vividly recall two conversations with pastors shortly after I surrendered to pastoral ministry in the late-1990s. The conversations were pivotal because in them I was exposed to two divergent approaches to ministr...

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Feast Upon the Word in the New Year

Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4), and the prophet Jeremiah wrote, "Your words were found, and I ate them,and your words became to me a joyand the delight of my heart,for I am called by your name,O LORD, God of hosts." (Jer. 15:16) And yet, believers often struggle to regularly and intentionall...

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Reading the Bible in 2016

Centerpoint Church is starting of 2016 with a renewed commitment to be people who know Jesus through His word. We are giving you some resources to help you join in with us. Download the daily readings or pick up a bookmark on Sunday morning at the info table. We look forward to seeing what the Lord will do as we seek Him together. Why Read the Bible? The Bible is God...

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O Come Again, Emmanuel

Although the author of O Come, O Come Emmanuel ambled into history as "anonymous," his poignant song has traveled from 12th century monasteries to modern-day hymnbooks. The mournful melody juxtaposed with the lyrical command to "rejoice" may strike some as peculiar, but for Christians, the song reaffirms our heart's deep desire for Christ's return, even in troubling times....

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Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas Traditions

I made spritz cookies the other day — those beautiful cookies that look like Christmas trees and taste like almonds and butter, sprinkled with colored sugar on top. For those of us of Scandanavian or Germanic background these cookies have been a holiday tradition for generations. However, spritz cookies are also notoriously difficult to make. The butter in the dough (an...

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Kids' Advent Reading Plan

Kids' Advent Reading Plan:Jesus Storybook Bible Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation. The word advent comes from the Latinadventus,which means coming. We wait with anticipation as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As we wait, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. We have a lot to be excited about. During this season we are celebrating that Jesus h...

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