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The Surpassing Value

27-Sep-20 Philippians 3:1-14 Every once in a while, I wonder if one day God looked down from heaven at the man who would eventually become the Apostle Paul and said, that guy has got to become one of ours. We can use him. I wonder that, because sometimes I do the same thing. Well, I […]

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In Due Time

16-Aug-20 1 Peter 5:6-11 If I begin to think too seriously about what it must have been like to live in the first century as a follower of Jesus, I begin to shudder. Life was awful, just plain awful. Everyone knew someone who had been martyred. Everyone knew someone who had been arrested by the […]

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Wholeness Among Us

17-May-2020 1 Cor. 13:14-31 17-May-20 1Corinthians 12:14-31 Back in the idiocy of my youth, in the winter of 1985, in an act of sheer and profound stupidity, I stuck my hand inside of the business end of a running snow blower. As soon as I thrust my hand in there, and heard the crunching of […]

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A Gushing Exclamation of Praise!

19 April 2020 1 Peter 1:1-9 This is a passage that absolutely gushes with joy and excitement and enthusiasm. It is all over the place with bubbly gratitude to God for what is going on in our lives right now, and for what lies ahead of us in the eternal realms. These are the words […]

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And the Lent Goes On

James 3:13-18 5 April 2020 Today would have been Palm Sunday. Actually, according to the calendar, it still is Palm Sunday. But because of the coronavirus, we have entered in to what I’m calling an extended period of Lent. When the time comes, and when we can once again all gather together in safety, we […]

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Still Pitied?

15-Mar-20 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 All around us, in every corner of our lives, are people who may or may not be telling us that we have gone off our rockers when it comes to our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While very few seriously doubt that Jesus existed, most will gladly tell us […]

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Most To Be Pitied

08-Mar-20 1 Corinthians 15:1-19 Most of us, like Ebenezer Scrooge, are quick to reject another’s pity. In a rare moment in that grand Christmas epic, someone has the gall to open their heart ever so slightly to Scrooge’s miserable and pitiful existence, and he immediately reacts by spitting out, “Spare me your pity! I have […]

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Selfishness At Supper And In Life

01-Mar-20 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 It is hard for us, given our tender Baptist sensitivities, to imagine someone getting drunk at a church supper. I’ve never seen it, and I’ve been in church for a very long time. My mother used to maintain that I was in church the Sunday after I was born, which, because […]

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The Mystery Of Stewardship And Servanthood

23-Feb-20 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 Living lives of faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ is without a doubt the biggest challenge that any of us faces today. Because the church has continually divided itself since the days of the Corinthians, there are now probably just as many definitions about what it means to be a […]

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God’s Servants, Working Together

16-Feb-20 I Corinthians 3:1-9 The Christian Church has probably been trying to put much more effort into achieving uniformity over the past two thousand years than just about anything else that I can think of. What has been clearly evident though, is that we haven’t put much effort at all into achieving unity. The Christian […]