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A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

07-Feb-21 II Peter 1:16-21 “Religion, and the transformed attitudes and behaviors that accompany it, has been irrelevant in our culture for decades.” I wonder if that sounds familiar to anybody? Is somebody thinking to themselves right now, “I read that someplace not too long ago, now where did I see it?” Well, if it rings […]

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God is Faithful

03-Jan-21 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 God is faithful. God is always faithful. People, on the other hand, are not always faithful. Sometimes people are never faithful. People are, well, human. People sometimes have ideas and opinions that overrule what God has to say. And they will hold to those opinions and ideas as if God did […]

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Setting the Past Behind Us

27-Dec-20 Galatians 4:1-11 It is no secret that the Apostle Paul, and the followers of Jesus in the churches of the province of Galatia did not get along. Oh, I suppose that they got along, but it was rather poorly, that they did so. At the beginning of chapter three, the apostle calls his his […]

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A Work of Faith, a Labor of Love and a Steadfastness of Hope

08-Nov-20 1Thessalonians 1:1-10 The folks in the church at Thessalonica were deeply loved by the Apostle Paul. Now that part’s not so unusual. Paul loved all of the churches with which he was associated. But in addition to love, he also had deep affection for them. Paul is very excited about the work that this […]

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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 […]