Upon The Doorpost

Repetition produces understanding. That is why a musician practices for many, many- MANY- hours before they can call themselves a professional. Or why an athlete has to repeat the same movement over, and over, and over, in order just to be the most competitive they can be. Learning a language, or math, or any skill or knowledge area that requires …

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Persecution and Christianity

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for, in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~ Matthew 15:11-12 If you’ve looked around you in the past few months, you will …

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The Power of Passionate Patience

In Genesis 15, God promised Abraham that his descendants would be numerous beyond comprehension, that they would be enslaved for 400 years by another nation, and that afterwards they would inherit the land that Abraham was that movement standing on and be blessed. Admittedly, Abraham did have a lapse of faith in this promise when his wife Sara was unable …

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Resurrection Sunday

Every couple of years I use this page to share a few quotes regarding the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope these bless you as much as they have blessed me — especially the quote from Charles Colson! The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in the dead was the first event of its …

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Sometime around mid-December, 2019 we started to hear about a new virus that was causing havoc in a region of China. Not much was known about it at the time, and there didn’t seem to be reason for the United States to be concerned. By the end of January, however, things were started to change. The following are a few …

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I Shall Not Want

Psalm 23 (King James Version): The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will …

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How Do We Use Our Gifts?

A few sermon series ago, Pastor Mike was talking about spiritual gifts. As a theme verse, he used 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, which says: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the …

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An Ideal Identity

Who, or What, do you want to be? We all heard that question as kids. At that age we probably answer that question with a job title; superhero, firefighter, veterinarian, teacher, or something like that. Years later we have a much more complex answer to that question. Who and what we want to be involves more than just the job …

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Unity, Not Uniformity

We are hearing a lot about “national unity” in the news these past several weeks. Politicians and other leaders are calling for us to come together as a common people with a common purpose so that our nation can heal from the wounds of the past four years. The irony is that both sides blame the other for the cause …

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