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Ezra 3: Return to the Word in Obedience Print E-mail

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Trying to recover from difficult times can lead businesses in different directions. Some want to try something new. The old ways have led to the hardships, so they want to try something, anything new. They want to be innovative and creative, which are surely good things, and they want to let go of anything that they feel has held them back. They want to study the markets and appeal to the next generation. They want to move forward. Yet, others want to get back to the basics, back to doing things like they have always done them. They often feel that innovation is actually the problem. Thus, they want to get back to what made them successful in the first place. Two different approaches to the same problem.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 March 2016 )
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Ezra 1-2: He Who Stirs Print E-mail

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The people of God need the Word of God. That was the title to the first sermon that I preached here as your pastor over ten years ago. And I still believe it today. God’s people need His Word. They have always needed it. The first thing that God did after He saved His people from slavery in Egypt was give them the Law. The Israelites needed to know how to live as Yahweh’s people and God graciously told them. Unfortunately, keeping the Law was not something that Israel did well. Generation after generation they inched away from faithfulness to God’s commandments until God sent His prophets to warn them that if they did not repent and return to the Word He would send them into exile. The people did not listen and God raised up the Assyrians and Babylonians to bring judgement on Israel by returning them to slavery. They ignored the Word and the warnings and paid for it with years in exile.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 March 2016 )
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1 Corinthians 16: Loving and Serving Practically Print E-mail

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The Christian faith can seem impractical at times. We talk about beliefs and ideas. We teach and preach about truth and warn against error. Perhaps some view us as so impractical as not even worthy of their investment. But the life of a local church has many practical concerns. For example, in order for us to have our services this morning, someone had to clean the church this week. In order for us to provide a nursery, someone had to be willing to keep the kids. In order for us to celebrate communion, someone had to prepare the elements. All of this and more had to be done in order for us to worship together this morning. Not only that, but just last week we looked at our budget for 2016 and made practical decisions about how our money will be spent. A totally impractical church could never function or survive.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 March 2016 )
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1 Corinthians 15:35-58: Raised Imperishable Print E-mail

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I first really noticed it when I was in the 6th grade and the doctor told me that my pancreas was no longer working, at least not producing insulin. They were not sure when this happened or even exactly why, but they diagnosed me with diabetes. And every shot is a reminder. I noticed it as well a few weeks back when I went to play some basketball against the Risco Tigers, the team that Brandon coaches. On a couple of different plays, my mind and my heart wanted to run down the court and try to score or make a stop, but I just couldn’t, not like I could in high school. So I jogged and hoped nobody saw me! And just this week I was reminded again. One morning while getting ready, I leaned over to do something and tweaked my back just the wrong way. I wasn’t doing anything major (like trying to lift my six month old who looks like a twelve month old), just getting ready, but the pain stuck with me for a couple of days. Another painful reminder. To what am I referring this morning? The hard truth that my body is wearing out, has been for years. It doesn’t work like it used to work. It’s breaking down. Slowly but surely, the years are taking their toll on my flesh and my blood. And if the Lord tarries, it will eventually perish.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2016 )
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Sanctity of Human Life: Reasons to fight for Life from 1 Corinthians Print E-mail

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The fight for life in our culture is a constant battle. There are circumstances that make me think that we are winning ground. More and more pregnancy resource centers are being opened and more and more abortion clinics are being closed. Ultrasound technology has helped the newest generation actually see life in the womb. Even some legislation (mostly at the State levels) has helped protect the unborn. Yet, the battle continues. I remember watching the Planned Parenthood videos that came out last year and wondering what impact they would actually have on the issue of abortion in our country. I think we are still waiting to see the full impact, but I am thankful for the light that has been brought to darkness and for the response of many asking for the closing of that company, which has resulted in numerous closures in certain States. But, the battle continues. Even if Planned Parenthood closed for good tomorrow, it seems that someone else would replace them. Even if abortions may be down in some places, the use of the morning after pill continues to grow. Even if it gets harder and harder to argue that a baby is not a baby until it leaves the womb, some still just do not really care if it is a baby or not. And so, the battle rages on.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 January 2017 )
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1 Corinthians 15:1-34: Of First Importance Print E-mail

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Belief in the resurrection is of first importance for the Christian. We often talk about things that we consider to be secondary, issues that people can disagree on and still be Christians. The resurrection is not a secondary issue. Although many have tried to claim that there is Christianity without belief in the bodily resurrection of Christ which results in the resurrection of believers, the Bible does not support such a claim. You either believe in the resurrection (of Jesus and of believers) or you are outside the faith.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 January 2016 )
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