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No Longer Enemies but Forgiven!

  I was sitting in chapel the other day, as I usually do on Wednesday morning.  We were praying the Lord's Prayer together.  As we were praying on this specific day, there was one line which made me think...  "Forgive us our sins AS we forgive those who sin against us."  I attended Catechism class as a child.  I teach Catechism now.  I understand what is being said. With these words, Jesus tells us we are forgiven.  Knowing we are...

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God's Valentine to You

Many people in the world today are sharing cards and chocolates, teddy bears and balloons with their loved ones.  If you haven’t done anything yet because you forgot, hopefully you are reading this early enough so you can go out and get something, avoiding the potential fate of sleeping on the couch. Well, God has a Valentine for you too! A few weeks ago I remember what happened at worship.  We had His Way band here to lead the song portion of the service.  We...

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Jesus' Promises Already Fulfilled

  I know I usually write blogs on Fridays, but there was a thought I had while studying for my sermon I wanted to write about.  For many of you, you may know that very soon we are going to be in Lent.  During this solemn time we think of our sin and what our sin has done and what Jesus needed to do because of that sin. But before that, we have what is known as Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36).  In this story, Jesus took Peter, James...

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God's “No” Can Be a Great Thing

  Have you ever had plans for your life and God said, "No"? I thought I had my life all planned out.  My grades helped me to get a scholarship to a college where I was going to learn how to be a powerful business man. I took all the right classes and was getting all the right grades.  Just a few more years and I will find myself a very good paying job, start a family, and live the good life! And God said, "No!" Before I finished my first year...

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Peace! Be Still!

  Do you think that when Jesus calmed the storm, he wasn’t just speaking to the wind and the waves, but was actually speaking to the disciples’ hearts?  Picture the scene (Matthew 8 and Mark 4): they are all in a boat, crossing a large body of water.  A storm kicks up, probably with the force of a hurricane. The disciples are battling but are losing.  Where is Jesus?  He is asleep!  How many of us would instead need Dramamine?!  And Jesus is...

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God's Triumphant Laugh

Pray.  Then, when you think you are done...PRAY! For what are you praying?  Parents, pray for your kids. Kids, pray for your parents. Pray for your neighbors, your friends, your brothers and sisters in the faith, your classmates, your country, your world. Our Bible Study on Sunday mornings is focusing on a class called "How Can They Teach That (and Still Claim to Believe the Bible)."  In three weeks, we have covered only the first class.  This class has...

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#JesusPercent

Have you ever realized that, in our society, you can be a successful failure?!  I understand, that does not make sense.  So, let me explain: Meteorologists predict a 70% chance of rain...if it doesn't rain, they will claim they were 30% right.  They still have a job. Baseball players who hit .333 (or fail .667 percent of the time) are considered Hall of Fame worthy. If you are a quarterback who completes 65% of your passes, you will become a multimillionaire, even...

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God's New DAY's Resolution

Well, it is now day 3 of the New Year.  How ya doin' with those resolutions?  Did you know there is a way to "cheat" on some resolution making and keeping?  As long as your resolution is vague enough, technically you will not break it until day 365 of the year.  For instance, I have a resolution to read more books this year (which should be easy to increase from ZERO...ok, not quite zero).  Well, I can put the resolution off for several months, up to...

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Your Worth in God's Eyes

With all the technology and travel capabilities, the world seems a little smaller than it once did.  But, the fact still remains...you are just 1 person in a world of nearly 7.5 BILLION other people. Does that make you feel small or unimportant? Just go Christmas shopping, you will see it.  People are rushing this way and that to check off the remaining gifts on their list. And if you are standing in their way or parked in their way...watch out! (maybe you are one of those...

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Healing by touching a cloak

  Are you struggling right now?  That is a wide open question.  What do you mean, pastor?  Well, are you struggling?  Financially, physically, spiritually? As I write this post, we are 10 days from Christmas Day.  10 DAYS!!!  Are you ready?  Maybe you have a lot to do yet.  Do you feel the pressure to fit it all in?  Are you feeling the financial pinch as you want to make everyone happy?  10 DAYS!!! Trust me, I understand if you...

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