Loudonville Baptist Temple


Pastor’s Blog

  • I am crucified with Christ…

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in his classic work on discipleship, The Cost of Discipleship, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself.” The disciple must say to himself the same words Peter said of Christ when he denied him: “I know not this man.” Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts […]

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  • Discipleship Moment 3-9-14

    “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself.” The disciple must say to himself the same words Peter said of Christ when he denied him: “I know not this man.” Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. It is not suicide, for there is an element […]

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  • Discipleship Moment 3-2-14

    “True prayer is done in secret, but this does not rule out the fellowship of prayer altogether, however clearly we may be aware of its dangers. In the last resort it is immaterial whether we pray in the open street or in the secrecy of our chambers, whether briefly or lengthily, in the Litany of […]

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  • Discipleship Moment 2-23-14

    “Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love. In such love there is not inner discord between the private person […]

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  • Discipleship Moment 2-16-14

    “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself.” The disciple must say to himself the same words Peter said of Christ when he denied him: “I know not this man.” Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. It is not suicide, for there is an element […]

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  • Discipleship Moment 2-9-14

    “The earthly form of Christ is the form that died on the cross. The image of God is the image of Christ crucified. It is to this image that the life of the disciples must be conformed; in other words, they must be conformed to his death (Phil 3.10, Rom 6.4) The Christian life is […]

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  • Discipleship planning in 2014

    Now that things have settled down in the new year and the weather has most of us holed up inside, it is time for the disciple of Christ to develop a plan for growth and outreach this year.  To quote Dr. Bob, “He who aims at nothing always hits his mark.”(for those who do not […]

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  • Discipleship Moment…

    What did it cost to make us disciples? “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us […]

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  • The Great Commission is Discipleship

    Everyone who has been around church for very long knows the Great Commission.  In fact, most of us could quote it from one of the many places it appears in the scriptures.  The Great Commission is simply God’s plan for reaching the world with His message of love and grace.  But it is more than […]

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  • Novermber is Stewardship Month

    November is Stewardship Month!  An integral part of living by faith is expressed in stewardship.  What we do with everything God places in our hands, or under our control, will be a direct reflection of whether or not we are living by faith.  Since it is possible, and even becoming acceptable, for “Christians” to live […]

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