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April 10, 2018

Our children are thrilled by the most unlikely things.

A six-count chicken nugget kids meal from Chick-fil-A.

A freshly opened pack of sidewalk chalk.

Roly polies. Bubble wrap. New pajamas.

I don’t mean just happy. I mean shrieking-with-joy elated. It just doesn’t take much around here, people.

Am I that excited about anything?

Yet, the Bible teaches that I truly have something to be thrille...

April 3, 2018

This blog post originally was published on April 18, 2017.

I love Easter songs. 

We sing the good ones on Easter Sunday, don’t we? There’s nothing quite like the joy of gathering together to sing the familiar words that praise our resurrected Savior and celebrate His forever victory over death. 

We get the words stuck in our heads. We post lyrics on Twitter. We spend the day rejoicing in Jesus the De...

March 27, 2018

He’s described as a prisoner. A rebel and rioter. A thief. A murderer.

Barabbas, the worst of sinners.

The Bible introduces him at probably the most crucial and hopeless point of his life, the scheduled day of his execution by crucifixion. The verdict for his list of sins is the death penalty, and his cross awaits him. 

But on this day, suddenly, Barabbas finds himself in the chaos of another man’s t...

March 20, 2018

In all of human history, no other event has been more important.

The glorious Gospel of Jesus culminates in the atoning death and bodily resurrection of Jesus, God's Son! He finished the work of rescuing humanity from sin and death!

It’s Good News! So, let’s read about it!

Please join us starting on Sunday as we study through a selection of Bible passages that depict Jesus’ final days...

March 13, 2018

You were so excited when Jesus saved your kid – and rightly so!

They heard the Good News, and God moved them to believe in Him! They stood before others and boldly announced their new faith! They joyfully went through the baptismal waters! They were saved!

But now what? Your kid is a Christian, but is there something that happens now?

Yes. Your child is now a disciple – a lifelong follower – of Jesus...

March 6, 2018

This blog post originally was published on August 1, 2017.

Here's what usually happens.

You go on a short-term mission trip and participate first-hand in spreading the Gospel of Jesus. You go and, trusting God to use you, you eagerly speak about Jesus. You walk through communities and pray boldly for households. You selflessly serve others for the glory of God. You witness lives being transformed by...

February 27, 2018

Is this really happening?

That’s the question I had as I read Exodus 32 recently. I knew the story – the one of God’s people fashioning a golden idol at the base of Mount Sinai – but somehow it seemed so much more outrageous.

The people worked together to construct a statue to worship. They set up an altar before it and offered real sacrifices to it. And it’s their declaration that really astounded...

February 20, 2018

Your teenagers might think they need a lot things. A cell phone. A boyfriend or girlfriend. Gas money. Less responsibility

Maybe they do, maybe they don’t.

But what do they need from your church? Here are some suggestions:

Your teenager needs deep Gospel teaching. They need to hear – again and again, from every glorious angle – the best Good News, that Jesus died for their sin. That Jesus saves them....

February 13, 2018

Love is the trending word of the week.

Valentine’s Day means sweethearts and red roses and so much happy-gushy-lovey love.

So, since love seems to be the theme this time of year, here are four simple thoughts on the best love, God’s love.

God’s love is fully on display in the Gospel of Jesus.

God’s love is evident in everyday, common occurrences. After all, He is love (I John 4:8). But His love is nev...

February 6, 2018

This blog post originally was posted on November 15, 2016.

Everything goes online.

Social media has become the place for all of our opinions, selfies, emojis, recipe videos, news, and memes. We share (and share and share) on the Internet.

But Christians, be careful. When the Bible warns that “the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness,” (James 3:6), we ought to be especially aware of the c...

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SGBC Family Blog is a weekly blog for parents and families written by Family Pastor Brad Newman and his wife, Sarah. Look for a new post every Tuesday morning! 

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