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Life is not skipping from mountain peak to mountain peak. Everyone experiences pain. It is the common ground on which all humanity stands. This book presents some of the most tragic and painful situations of life and answers the hard question of “why” from a Christian perspective. The inspiration for this book comes from the sudden death of one of the co-author’s ten-year-old daughter, Ella, who loved “Green Hearts.” In addition to real-life stories of God’s goodness in the worst of times, topics include:

*Understanding and dealing with grief

*Questioning God during difficult times

*Helping someone who is grieving

*Surprising things God does during tragedy

*Answering the problem of pain, evil, and suffering

*Forgiving a person who has hurt you

“I have not known the depths of this kind of pain and grief in my own life but  have watched others walk through it. Green Hearts is the kind of book I wan to  share with those around me who are walking their own dificult journeys.”

—Denise Jones, Point of Grace

Prove It Cover Front 2ndProve it. This is the cry of a generation that is both skeptical of truth and hostile toward Christianity. Too many people are turning away from Christianity, and God, because they have questions and challenges that go unanswered. Because of this, Christianity is viewed by many as an insanity that is only for the weak-minded and misguided.

The purpose of this book is to introduce the basic concepts, contenders, and criticisms of Christianity and prepare the reader to provide a defense for the hope that is in them (1 Pet. 3:15). The importance of this book, and others like it, cannot be overstated from both a practical and an academic sense.

The local church has a serious responsibility to defend the basic concepts of the Christian faith but cannot keep up with the attacks without basic tools and training that will equip Christians to love people enough to answer their hard questions. Unless the church is equipped to deal with the intellectual mind that is rejecting the existence of God, the objective nature of truth, and the validity of miracles, a generation will be lost to the lies and confusion of false teaching. This book will enhance the readers’ potential in the areas of apologetics (pre-evangelism) and evangelism.

Dr. Norman Geisler wrote the foreword to Prove It which was published on Easter Sunday of 2015 though Dr. Ken Hemphill’s publishing company, Auxano Press. That morning, copies of the book were distributed to the entire Hyde Park Baptist Church congregation as a free gift. Dr. Cutchins then taught a group of hundreds of people through the entire book over eight weeks. Since then, thousands of copies of the book have been purchased. Christians across America, and around the world, have used this book to prepare themselves to defend the Christian faith. Prove It is currently being translated into three other languages and also has an accompaning small group curriculum that can be used by churches.


 Prove It by Stephen Cutchins is one of the best written, best organized, and most timely books to fill the need to provide a defense for our faith. Never has the evangelical church needed books like this more than today. Every pastor, every parent, every Sunday School teacher, and every youth worker needs this book. I highly recommend it.”  Dr. Norman Geisler



51VWf87qFpL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_Dr. Cutchins was a contributor to the Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook 2016 published by Thomas Nelson Publishing. Dr. Ken Hemphill put together a great team of contributors. Dr. Cucthins’ contribution is in the area of Christian Apologetics and deals with the Problem of Evil, Pain, and Suffering.

Sermons for a year. This trusted Nelson favorite has been updated and refreshed to equip today’s pastors. Organized for easy planning, Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook features full Sunday sermon options and sermon starters that follow the church calendar. New to this edition is an app that allows pastors to access content in a new and exciting way and lets them preach or teach directly from the device of their choice. Product also includes a CD-ROM so that pastors can customize content as needed and print Word Documents with ease.


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I just can’t hide my excitement about all this! This past Sunday, October 22nd, I became the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of North Augusta. I am humbled to transition into this new role. For over five years, Wendy and I have been praying that God would prepare me to be a Senior Pastor, and that He would also prepare a church for me.

As I mentioned last Sunday from the pulpit, on March 18th of this year, I woke up at 3:28am. This was an unusual moment as I am a heavy sleeper and rarely wake up at night on my own. After a few moments, I curiously asked God why He had woken me up and what He wanted to tell me. I immediately heard a voice in my head that said, “I am going to give you a church.” The next day, I hesitantly talked with Wendy about it. I was skeptical of the experience actually being from God. I soon had clarity that it was His voice but had no idea it would be a church as amazing as this one!

After praying and talking with Wendy about it more, we realized that He was preparing us for what was to come. In the weeks that followed, God began revealing to us a few things we needed to remove from our lives and also a few areas that needed to be further developed. We committed to patiently wait on God to work this out in the way He saw fit. Only God could have orchestrated the events that led to this moment.

For Wendy and me the last five years have been quite a journey, including multiple steps of faith, following God’s voice. A close friend (who was coming to visit from out of town) recently asked me how to get to the Augusta area and how long it would take to get there. My response was … about 5-6 years. Start in Charlotte, NC, go through the mountains of Asheville, NC, and then stop by in Austin, TX. After that, you are almost there. Although, I didn’t come to FBCNA in 2016 to be the Senior Pastor, I clearly came to FBCNA to become the Senior Pastor.

I want to thank the people who have supported me over the years and during this process. It has been a great joy to serve at FBCNA as Pastor of Discipleship, “Interim-Interim” Pastor, Interim Pastor, and NOW I look forward to serving as Senior Pastor. I look forward to many years of doing life together with the people in this loving community of faith. Let’s turn a new page together in the life of this historic and vibrant church, A CHURCH THAT PRAYS. Wendy, Madi, Sarah, and I love you all very much and look forward to serving in this new capacity.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to HIM be glory in the church – by Christ Jesus to all generations – forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

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