Shrewd as Serpents, Gentle as Doves

There are couple of instances when we read of Jesus instructing his disciples to use the world’s wisdom for heavenly purposes. We recently read from Luke 16:1-13 in our Wednesday evening Bible Study: Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is …

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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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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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Should We Give Up Something for Lent?

Ash Wednesday was on February 17, 2021. This date started the season of Lent. As Christians, we usually give up something for this season and replace it with prayer or reflection, just as long as we give praise and honor to God while doing it. Just about a year ago, Pastor Mike did a sermon on the subject of lent …

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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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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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New Year New Me with God’s Help

On behalf of everyone who survived the year 2020, let me be first to say, welcome to 2021. We made it y’all! As we go into the month of January, we focus on an age-old tradition that happens around this time (no, I’m not talking about the college football playoff). I’m talking about making resolutions. Yes, that tradition that everyone …

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2021

Usually, on January 1 we are sad to say goodbye to the following year as we look forward to the possibilities the new year brings. This year, however, it seems we are glad to say goodbye to 2020, but we are apprehensive about what 2021 may bring. A new president, the growing tension between political parties, and a new strain …

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In Times of Darkness, Have Faith

Dedicated to Viola Barnard; Aunty Vi, I love you. I know you are rejoicing in heaven right now and worshiping the one who died for us. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my …

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