Israel Is My Firstborn Son

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21 And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is […]

An Open Letter To The Married

Photo by Jeremy Wong Weddings

Dear Groom and Bride, I write not only to say congratulations but also to share some wisdom accumulated in my own 21 years of marriage.  I never understood divorce and its real possibility in any marriage until I got married myself. To be so “in love” with “the one,” it was as if in my […]

Church Planting: Being a Faithful Member of a Church Plant

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So you have decided to faithfully plod with a church plant. What do you do now? What does it look like to be a faithful member of a church plant? While the first post in this series mentions reasons to go with a church planter to plant a church, this post sets out to describe […]

Church Planting: Reasons to Go as Core Team Members

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Markus Spiske

Recently I was asked by a dear brother in the Lord to write on a few reasons someone should go and be a core team member of a planting church. I will never forget the first family who told me they would be coming with us to plant Mercy Hill Church. They caught us after […]

Baptism and the Table

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Tim Wildsmith

“Baptism and the Lord’s supper are two of the greatest blessings that God has given to the church.”  I have heard that exact statement multiple times in my life. I know the men who said those words believe them to be true, but while growing up in the church I lived in a type of […]

Necessities of Worship

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Michael Maasen

Christians are commanded to worship.  But what does that mean? People are, in a general way, worshippers, but not all worship is pleasing to God. God is not pleased by any and all worship for much worship is an expression of idolatry. Is the worship that flows from the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City […]

My Only Hope in Life and in Death

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Clay Banks

“What is your only hope in life and in death?” I will never forget the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism. This question, which is beautifully answered in the Catechism, birthed forth worship in my soul like few other things have. This is not because there is anything supernatural about the question, but because the […]

Why am I a Supernaturalist?

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Steven Wright

We live in a time and place that is wildly materialist. If it cannot be engaged by the senses then it is immediately thrown into the garbage bin as superstition or pseudo-science. As our culture has scientifically advanced, those who had been actively suppressing the truth by their unrighteousness (Rom 1:18-20) were given a new […]

Examination of a Shadow: Adoption

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Guillaume de Germain

My favorite part of the Christian life is examining the shadows. Normally this means examining the scriptures, especially the Old Testament, and seeing the sweet outlines of Christ throughout each and every story. God has used these shadows in my life to grow me in my understanding of the gospel and my love for Jesus. […]

Learning in Absence

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Sincerely Media

My life has been built around the Lord’s day for as long as I’ve been alive. It was and is the constant in my life. Monday through Saturday is subject to variation of change but Sundays were always astonishingly consistent. I have known the value of Lord’s day worship for as long as I’ve been […]