My Weapon is a Melody

This Sunday we added a new song, Raise a Hallelujah, to the canon of songs we sing at Coats Baptist. I have personally loved worshiping to this song since it was released, but that doesn’t always constitute a song becoming one of the songs we sing during...

Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” As a new year begins to take off, I once again find my heart confessing these words found in the beautiful hymn “Come Thou Fount”. How easy it is for my heart to wander, especially when life is busy....

Examine Yourself

Christians understand that spiritual health is the product of regular examination of their walk with Christ. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5) Therefore, we do well to...

What Gift Can I Bring?

What does Jesus want for Christmas?  Have you ever stopped to consider that?  Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth so what gifts are we giving Him?  This is not a trick question.  What does Jesus want?  He literally has EVERYTHING. For many years I heard...

Family Reunions

The blessings of Christmas are many, but one particular delight is gathering as a family. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are family reunions. It wasn’t always fun: I can’t count how many times I was pinched on the cheek. And, despite my best...

The Season of Advent

This week begins the season of Advent: a season of hope and expectation that Christians have observed to anticipate the celebration of Christmas for many centuries. There are five candles in the center of the Advent wreath. It’s fitting that the first candle to...
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