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Pastor’s Blog

Back to School 2017

Church Family, As many of you already know, school for both Dekalb and Gwinnett County starts back on Monday, August 7th. Would you commit to joining with us to pray specifically for the schools in your neighborhood? Pray for the: ~ Administrators ~ Teachers ~ Clerical Staff ~ Food Service Staff ~ Custodial Staff ~…

A Tale of Two Seas

Within the borders of Israel there are two great seas; the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. These two bodies of water are connected by the famous Jordan River. Though these two seas share the same country and the same river, they could not be more different. The Sea of Galilee is in the…

Important Merger Announcement!!!

  In the fall of 2016, Briarcliff Baptist Church (BBC) began discussions with Clairmont Hills Baptist Church (CHBC) exploring the possibility of the two churches coming together to form a single, new church. The BBC Board of Directors commissioned a Merger Exploration Team (made up of our members: Jim Waldrop, Marty Hunnicutt, Amy Shey, Sam…

One Another

One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is “one another.” It speaks of community, unity, togetherness, and not being alone. This phrase reminds me that I’m not a lone ranger, a lone survivor, or even a lone wolf for that matter. “One another” beckons me to ask for help, seek encouragement, and reach out…

Spring Cleaning

For the last few weeks, my Saturdays have been filled with that wonderful chore known to many as “spring cleaning”. This is a time when we clear out garages, de-clutter our homes, clean out attics and prepare on our lawns and gardens to look fabulous. It’s a time to clean the mess, open the windows,…

Living on Purpose

Every day when you and I wake up there are a thousand possibilities of how our days will go. Sure, there is a pattern and routine to our lives, but there are also decisions to make, thoughts to consider, and people to interact with that will inevitably affect the outcomes of each and every day….

The Way of the Cross

Jesus said to his disciples and to anyone and everyone who would follow in His footsteps these powerful words, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23). Following Jesus is the way of the cross. As we move into a season when we meditate on,…

The Spirit Filled Life

Who or what is the Holy Spirit? This is one of the questions that we’ll seek to answer in our new sermon series, “The Spirit-filled Life.” For the next few weeks, we will study the Scriptures together (there are over 250 New Testament passages referring to the Holy Spirit) in order to understand both the person…

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

Thanksgiving is one of our family’s favorite holidays. Madison and Lillian are out of school, we get to spend time with cousins and aunts, and we over-indulge on a buffet of delectable goodies. Not to mention that the air is a little cooler, the trees are dressed in beautiful colors, and, ah yes, my sweater…

Continuing to Pray for the Harvest

We, as a church are currently about 10 days into a 40 day season of prayer. During this time, we are seeking God in prayer and Bible study together as a unified church. As we grow in grace together we must always remember that if we get anything right; we must be a house of…