Serving

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    Galatians 5:13-26 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is … [Read more...]

Grace and Mercy

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Long ago I heard this distinction between grace and mercy: Grace is God giving us what we don't deserve. Mercy is God sparing us from what we do deserve. For many years this distinction has helped me when I was confused about how to respond to a specific situation or circumstance. It doesn't resolve every quandary about how we should act toward those around us, but it does help in assessing our role in ministering to one another. Today I read this quote from Philip Yancey; he … [Read more...]

Our Hope In Christ

Romans 15:1-13 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide WE MIGHT HAVE HOPE. 12 And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope." 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU TRUST IN HIM, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Followers of Jesus … [Read more...]

Jesus, A Wonderful/Powerful Name

I have based this Christmas sermon series on the song, "What a Beautiful Name,"  because it emphasizes the reasons God sent His only Son, Jesus, to rescue us from our sins. In part one of this series we looked at the beautiful name of Jesus; how that the name Jesus was relayed to Joseph, in a dream and how that the name Jesus means, Jehovah is Salvation or, Savior. Today we'll conclude this series with a look at how the name of Jesus is both wonderful and powerful. When we think about … [Read more...]

Learning From The Proverbs (Part 4)

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  1.  Wisdom is a treasure, 1-6 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and … [Read more...]

Learning From The Proverbs – Part 3

This is the final section of Proverbs, chapter one. In this passage Solomon gives wisdom a voice. He described wisdom as a person. Personification is a tool writers, speakers and teachers use to attribute human qualities to that which is not human; in this case, wisdom. Proverbs 1: 20-33 20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; 21 on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: 22 “How long will you who are simple love your … [Read more...]

Learning From The Proverbs – Part 2

  We continue today with our observations from the Proverbs of Solomon. Let's pick up with Proverbs, chapter one, verses 8 through 19. Proverbs 1:8-19 8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. There are three important truths I want us to discover or be reminded of from this passage of scripture. The first one is found in verses 8 and 9. Solomon shares this … [Read more...]

Learning from the Proverbs

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We're going to spend some time working our way through the Old Testament book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a collection of the wise counsel of Solomon, wisdom from which I feel we should all benefit. Let's begin with Proverbs, chapter one, verses 1 through 7. Proverbs 1:1-7 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2  for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and … [Read more...]

Stepping into the Unknown

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One of the most uncomfortable experiences most of us face is when we must try something for the first time. Sometimes this is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, for instance, tasting a new food or meeting someone new. However, the tension and apprehension increases as the risks increase; such as, interviewing for a new job, doing a major home renovation, moving to a new location, or opting for a surgical procedure. Given our specific temperament we may have different levels of … [Read more...]

The Best Time for New Beginnings

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Genesis 12:1-7 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set … [Read more...]

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