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Some Basic Consideration

20-Sept-15 James 3:13-18 When I first looked at this passage, the first thing that occurred to me was that it might be a waste of time to preach a sermon on it. And that’s because none of us, myself included, have any of the spiritual defects that James writes about in this handful of verses. […]

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Aspirations of Grace

26-Jul-15 Ephesians 3:14-21 From time to time, the Apostle Paul says something very practical and very understandable. When that happens, it is usually something that we can stick our teeth into, chew on it like good, healthy food, and ultimately have our lives transformed by it. This isn’t one of those passages. At other times, […]

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A Thorny Struggle

05-July-15 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 The Apostle Paul is in deep trouble with the folks in the Christian church in the city of Corinth. They don’t like him anymore, and maybe they never did, at least not for very long. The Apostle Paul was the one who brought Christianity to Corinth. He was the one […]

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The Wheedler

28-June-15 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 I’ll be up front with you. The Apostle Paul is wheedling money out of the good Christians in Corinth, and he’s doing it with sarcasm and shame. The Apostle was gifted in the arts of sarcasm and shame, and he knew when and how to use them to his advantage when […]

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Love Again…And Again

May 10, 2015 1 John 5:1-5 From time to time, it is a good thing for us to check our identity.  Usually when we think of making an assessment of our identity, the first question that arises is, “Who am I in this world?  Where do I fit in this big, round chunk of rock […]

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Love is What Makes Us Work

May 3, 2015 1 John 4:7-21 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”  That quote, from verse sixteen, describes the essential nature of God, it describes the essential nature of the relationship that we have with God, and it describes the essential nature of the […]

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Something Else Altogether

March 22, 2015 Ephesians 2:1-10 Click to view the bulletin: 22Mar2015 As I look around this morning, most of you look pretty good. You might be a little bit “weekend worn,” but for the most part, you don’t look bad at all. Some of you look just grand. None of you, certainly, look even the least […]

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Foolishness All

March 8, 2015 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 It’s what we’re up against.  It’s what the church has always been up against, from day one, more than two thousand years ago.  What we do as Christians and what we say as Christians is nothing more than a cart-load of foolishness to those who do not believe.  We […]

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The Appointed Time Has Grown Short

January 25, 2015 1Corinthians 7:25-31 I love the Scriptures.  I really do.  That should be perfectly evident every time I step into this pulpit.  There should be no question about it.  But sometimes, I must admit, that I don’t like them very much.  And usually, when I don’t like them, its because I don’t understand […]