"Thank You for Being You" | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

We live in a day of dishonesty and deceit. People claim to be one way but then act in ways that are totally opposite. That is why when someone acts in a sincere way, it’s important to acknowledge it and to say thanks. I feel compelled to do that with respect to our church because of our fellowship’s strong response to a recent appeal to provide support to those affected by the recent hurricanes.

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Project 119: Matthew 4:1-11

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Project 119: Matthew 3

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Project 119: Matthew 2

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Project 119: Matthew 1

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Cooks On A Mission October Sale

 |  Cooks On A Mission |   |  Mary Splawn

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Project 119: Introduction to Matthew

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

​The gospel of Matthew is attributed to a tax collector named Matthew; in fact, he’s the same tax collector who Jesus calls to follow Him in Matthew 9:9.

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Project 119: Isaiah 65:1-5 and Romans 10:20-21

 |  Project 119 |   |  Mary Splawn

My kids love to play hide and seek. Recently, I was folding clothes when a game ensued.

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Pastor's Blog | "Pass The Salt, Please"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I have never been big on bland foods. I wouldn’t say that spicy stuff is ever my “go to” choice when I sit down for a meal, but I will admit that I do enjoy my food better when it is sprinkled with a dash of salt. I don’t think I’m alone in...

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Project 119: Isaiah 64:1-7, Psalm 33:20, and John 6:38

 |  Project 119 |   |  Mary Splawn

“No eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”

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Project 119: Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-30

 |  Project 119 |   |  Mary Splawn

Have you ever had one of those moments where you were in the presence of greatness and didn’t realize it?

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Project 119: Isaiah 57:19 and Ephesians 2:17 | Tyler Kerley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

Baptists have a rich history of missionaries traveling the world to share the gospel of peace with those who are “far off.”

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 56-66 | Isaiah 56:1-8 and Matthew 21:12-13

 |  Project 119 |   |  Mary Splawn

At last we come to the end of the book of Isaiah and to his global vision of God’s glory. Isaiah 56-66 pictures the day of this coming glory and helps us see how we ought to respond to God’s promise of salvation.

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Sermon Preview "Show Some Respect" | Matthew 21:33-46

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The story of the Parable of the Evil Tenants is one of those stories that are hard to wrap our minds around. The thought of a group of tenants who are so bad that they would kill not only the owner’s servants but also his own son just makes no sense to us at all. Who lives with...

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Project 119: Isaiah 55

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

In Isaiah 40-54, we’ve been hearing about the miraculous work of restoration that God is doing - how He will bring His people home from exile, yes, but we’ve also learned that God is doing a far greater work than bringing physical restoration.

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Pastor's Blog | "Welcoming Change"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I have been on record for quite some time about my reluctance to change. Being a person who enjoys routine, I don’t look to shake things up for the sake of change, particularly when I think things are going relatively well. My favorite dictum is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Project 119: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

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It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And beauty is objective, isn’t it? Our definitions of beauty and attractiveness vary by culture and time period.

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Project 119: Isaiah 49:1-13

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

We see a shift here in Isaiah; Isaiah 41-48 deals with the problem of physical exile, promising that God will bring His children home to the land promised to their forefather Abraham.

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Project 119: Isaiah 42:18-43:7

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

In some ways, the end of Isaiah 42 and the beginning of Isaiah 43 seem like opposites, don’t they?

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Overview of Isaiah 40-55 & Isaiah 40:1-11

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

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Project 119: Isaiah 39

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

Isaiah 39 is a hard chapter to read, isn’t it? We’ve seen God deliver Hezekiah from death - and in response, Hezekiah turns to put his trust in Babylon.

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A New Look

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

Most of us are creatures of habit. While fashion styles may come and go, the vast majority of us prefer to keep things the same.

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Project 119: Isaiah 38

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

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Project 119: Isaiah 37:21-38

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

I remember the first time I watched the classic The Wizard of Oz. As a child, I waited with fear and anticipation when Dorothy’s ragamuffin crew made it to Oz.

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Project 119: Isaiah 37:1-20

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

​In many ways, this chapter is the resolution to a cliff-hanger! I used to hate when I was kid and my favorite TV shows would have cliff-hangers at the end of the season.

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 36-39 & Isaiah 36

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

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Pastor's Blog: The Perils of Punching a Clock

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

​There are two great heresies that keep many from experiencing the abundant life that Jesus died and was resurrected for us to know. The first heresy is: "God helps those who help themselves." The fact of the matter is that God helps those who cannot help themselves.

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Project 119: Isaiah 35

 |  Project 119 |   |  Wayne Splawn

​Isaiah 35 offers a beautiful picture of God’s future work of salvation. The people who languished under the prospect of impending defeat at the hands of their enemies needed to know that a day was coming in the future when God would once and for all defeat His enemies and restore His people.

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Project 119: Isaiah 33

 |  Project 119 |   |  Wayne Splawn

​Here in Isaiah 33, Isaiah’s message turns to a message of hope.

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Pastor's Blog: Advantage to the Server

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I began playing tennis as a child when they built two courts adjacent to my house in Chickasaw, where I spent the early childhood years of my life.

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Project 119: Isaiah 30:8-17

 |  Project 119 |   |  Wayne Splawn

​Have you ever had a friend tell you that you had something on your face or a piece of food stuck between your teeth? If so, you know how embarrassing it can be when you are oblivious to a personal flaw everyone else can see. But, after our embarrassment has subsided, most of us are grateful that someone would care enough to let us know about something we needed to change rather than allowing us to walk around looking silly.

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Project 119: Isaiah 29:13-24

 |  Project 119 |   |  Wayne Splawn

Words often reveal the condition of our hearts (Luke 6:45). However, there are other times in which we use our words to conceal how we truly feel. This can happen both in our relationships with other people and with God.

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 28-35 and Isaiah 28:1-13

 |  Project 119 |   |  Wayne Splawn

Overview of Isaiah 28-35

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Cooks On A Mission - September Menu

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On Wednesday, September 20, from 2-6:30pm come by and get your favorites, including Chicken Pot Pie, Stromboli, Bacon Cheddar Scones, Chicken Tetrazzini, English Muffins with Sausage and Cheese, French Market Sandwiches, Over the Top Macaroni and Cheese, Sourdough Missionary Bread, and Cherry Almond Scones. All proceeds go to support local missions, including The WellHouse, M-Power, Camp Seale Harris and Children’s Hospital, among other projects.

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Project 119: Isaiah 26:7-21

 |  Project 119 |   |  Hayden Walker

I grew up in a liturgical church, and we recited the Apostle’s Creed each Sunday morning. Perhaps like many who grew up at MBBC saying the Creed each week, the words flowed freely from my mouth and memory long before they were translated to my heart. I can still remember the morning that the Holy Spirit awakened me to the words “resurrection of the dead” at the very end of the Creed. After the service, I met my pastor in the narthex and asked if that meant what I thought it might…that perhaps believers would be resurrected just as Christ had been. His confirmation of my wild conclusion astounded me.

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E-news Weekly Pastor's Blog | "This Too Shall Pass"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

You’d be hard pressed to tell it from the bright and sunny skies we’re enjoying today, but these last two weeks have been extremely difficult for so many who live in coastal regions. As the meteorologists have noted, these days marked the first time in recorded history that two Category Four hurricanes have made landfall on American soil. We can only hope that such history never repeats itself. 

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Project 119: Isaiah 25

 |  Project 119 |   |  Hayden Walker

After the last few days, you may be feeling overwhelmed at God’s judgment and convicted of your own sin. I think both are very appropriate reactions to the wrath of God! Today, the tide shifts. We see the character of God as the one who will by no means clear the guilty, but also the one who is merciful, gracious, and forgiving (Exodus 34:6-7). We have seen that judgment extends to the entire world, but in our passage today, we see that God makes promises of peace that are available to their entire world as well.

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Project 119: Isaiah 20

 |  Project 119 |   |  Hayden Walker

Signs and examples help us to grasp difficult concepts. They shed light on challenging truths; this is why preachers use illustrations in their sermons! We understand better through symbols, and so did the people of Judah. All of the other oracles in this section involve rich literary metaphors that are powerful. However, nothing can quite compare with the image recorded in Isaiah 20. Instead of just recording God’s words,Isaiah himself became a living sign to his people.

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Project 119: Isaiah 17:1-9 | Hayden Walker

 |  Project 119 |   |  Hayden Walker

Cody and I love to travel together. Before we leave home, we always have a detailed itinerary, maps, and guidebooks about our destination. Without this information, we would not understand much about the sites we might see and experience. When reading through prophetic books, I think a similar philosophy is helpful. It is good to read the passages in one hand with a sort of “guidebook” in your other hand. For this oracle, we must remember that Israel was the wicked northern kingdom, a separate nation at the point in time from Judah, to whom Isaiah wrote. Isaiah 17 records a prophecy against the people of Syria and Israel.

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 13-23 & Isaiah 13:9-22

 |  Project 119 |   |  Hayden Walker

Overview of Isaiah 13-27

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Project 119: Isaiah 12:1-6 | Kely Hatley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Kely Hatley

“The Wells of Salvation - A Canticle of Joy”

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Enews Weekly Pastor's Blog | Teach Your Children Well | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

One of the lessons I had to learn as a parent was that my children wouldn’t simply catch Christian faith like they seemed to catch everything else as they were growing up. I had to be intentional about speaking with them about developing their appreciation for God’s love in Jesus Christ and understanding the importance of embracing it as they were able. Even as a pastor, while I had assumed that growing up in a preacher’s home would be enough, I came to discover that my responsibility as a parent meant engaging them in positive conversations about why faith is important and the difference it makes in life. Fortunately, my children listened and responded, and to this day they are both very much committed to following Jesus. Now that I have grandchildren, I see my responsibility to help them in an even more important way.

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Project 119: Isaiah 11:1-10 | Kely Hatley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Kely Hatley

“The Branch from Jesse - Christ’s Birth and Peace are Foretold”

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Project 119: Isaiah 8:11-17 | Kely Hatley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Kely Hatley

“The Fear of the Lord”

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Project 119: Isaiah 7:1-9 | Kely Hatley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Kely Hatley

“Standing Firm in Your Faith”

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 6-12 & Isaiah 6:1-13 | Kely Hatley

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Kely Hatley

Overview of Isaiah 6-12

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Project 119: Isaiah 5:1-30 | Doug Dortch

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

“The Song of the Vineyard”

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Enews Weekly Pastor's Blog | "The Work That Blesses" | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, a time when we pause to reflect upon the value of our work.  I always thought it was ironic that we celebrate Labor Day by engaging in acts of leisure.  You might think that such a celebration would involve more work, but in truth we humans work so that we can have more time for things that give us true rest.

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Project 119: Isaiah 2:6-4:1 | Doug Dortch

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

“The Day of the LORD”

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August 2017 Vision 2020 Updates

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Project 119: Isaiah 2:1-5 | Doug Dortch

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

“The Mountain of the LORD

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Project 119: Overview of Isaiah 1-5 & Isaiah 1 | Doug Dortch

 |  Project 119 |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Project 119: Introduction to Isaiah

 |  Project 119 |   |  Amy Jackson

The book of Isaiah can be intimidating. First of all, Isaiah is lengthy - with 66 chapters, it’s one of the longest books in the Bible! And, its subject matter can be a bit daunting. Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Isaiah 1:1). His ministry spanned over sixty years and while he wrote primarily to the southern kingdom of Judah, Isaiah also spoke to several other nations. It’s easy to get all of these countries and rulers confused. And, to make things even more challenging, the book of Isaiah is a prophetic work. Sometimes it’s hard to understand prophecy and everything gets a bit murky when we start reading about the moon turning to blood, right?

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Enews Pastor's Blog | You Can Go Home Again | Doug Dortch

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Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You absolutely can go home again. I’m referring of course to the novel that recounts the experience of George Webber, a novelist who returns to his hometown after he has written unflattering things about its inhabitants, who feel unfairly exposed by his work. Webber is shocked by the negative reaction his writings have received, and is reduced to questioning his own identity because of it. Wolfe’s novel received critical acclaim, in large part because of how so many readers identified with the plotline because of their own negative experiences of returning to a place that was not at all as they remembered it.

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Pastor's Blog: Eclipse Technology

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: When the Teachers Leave the Room

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Putting Your Best Face(book) Forward

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: From a Little Comes a Lot

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: The Power of Invitation

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Cutting to the Chase

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: It's All About the Soil

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: What Have We Learned?

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: The Best Stay-cation You'll Ever Know

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Echo Chambers

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Real Freedom

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Baptist Get-Togethers

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Giving Dads Their Due

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: What's In A Name?

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Doers of the Word

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Happy Birthday, Church!

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Memory is a Terrible Thing to Waste

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Happy 75th, Mountain Brook!

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: A Mother's Work is Never Done

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: The Life You've Been Looking For

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: We See You, Seniors

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Revisiting Wednesday Treasure

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: From Shameful Doubt to Wondrous Confession

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: The Giver God Loves

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Walk Through The Door

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: The "Real" Spring Break

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: A Time To Get Serious

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: The Importance of Sanctuary

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: The Times Are Changing

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Turning Toward the Light

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: I’d Rather See a Vision than Hear One Any Day

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: We Love One Another

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Something We Can't Afford to Forget

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: God's Work Knows No Boundaries

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Stories Worth Revisiting

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Peaceful Transitions

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Sermon Preview: We Worship God

 |  Sermon Preview |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: What Comes Next?

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: Set-Apart Leaders

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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