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God Hates the Sin, but...

Have you ever heard the saying – “God hates the sin but loves the sinner”?  Is it a true statement?  Are you mentally going through your rolodex of good “church” responses to answer that question? In a way, that statement is correct.  Think about the “sports” passage (the one you see in stadiums, on signs made by the fans…): John 3:16. What does it say?  God so loved the WORLD!  Who is in the world? (Rolodex...

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He's There...FOR YOU!

Starting last week with the message about being inadequate by ourselves but made completely, perfectly adequate by God himself, I started a little series about what I learned at Summer Quarter.  At the heart of what we teach and preach is law and gospel, that is because law and gospel make up the entirety of the Bible, God’s word. I am going to continue that series about law and gospel this week and for the next few weeks.  It is so important for us to distinguish...

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You Are MINE!

  First of all, I apologize to my (one) reader (ok, hopefully there are more than one…).  It has been about a month since I submitted something for you to read.  The excuses are there of course…vacation, summer.  But, most recently it was two weeks at Summer Quarter at the Seminary. Now I will not go into detail with you about my courses I took.  You don’t want to hear that otherwise, perhaps you would have taken the classes.  But, I...

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SUMMER VACATION....from Jesus????

Today is an exciting day.  It is the last day of school.  Do you remember those days?  For the children at Word of Life, they basically have the same routine each year on this day...come to school (hopefully on time) and begin the cleanup.  They are working hard at getting the classroom clean and ready for summer. It is also at this time when the School Yearbooks are handed out and all the students run around, trying to get autographs etc. from each student...and each...

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Jesus' Ascension - Power, Glory and Love

How do you picture Jesus?  Go ahead...think about it for a few moments.  I can wait...              Done yet? Last night we celebrated a very special occasion in the church.  Some of you may know the day; others may not.  It was Ascension.  You can read the story here (Acts 1:1-11). When our K4 class was asked what Ascension means, the response was: "Jesus got to go home!"  Yes, he did! But, it is more than...

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Live Christ in Your Life

  Let me begin by saying two things:  1) I don't know exactly how to word what I am about to ... word... 2) I don't know exactly what I am going to say is necessarily all true. Ok, this is probably the time when you are ready to stop reading.  Please don't!  Perhaps we can have a discussion about this, simply by having you place your replies on our website, on this blog.  Then I can respond to what you say.  Here it goes: Do you feel...

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The One Jesus Loves

  How are you known to those around you?  Are you serious?  Are you fun loving? Caring? Selfish?  If there was one trait which would describe you, what would it be? We probably all have traits we would LIKE people to remember us by, but are those traits reality or dreams?  Assess yourself...pick one trait. Is that how you are known?  Or, is that how you would LIKE TO BE known?   If I would assess myself, I would LIKE to be known as a...

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Jesus' Final Wish was...LOVE

  Have you ever had a "near death experience"?  I am not talking about the times when you would say...I just saw my life flash before my eyes!  I am talking about a time when you saw there maybe only one path...death. Looking back at it, I can obviously see I didn't die (as I am still alive...at least while I am writing this very word...). But, when I went through this situation, I didn't know. Last summer my family and I traveled to Michigan for...

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Hope even for the Hopeless

  Have you ever lost hope?  Most of you probably will know this passage by heart, once I start it: We know that in all things God....works for the good of those who love him. (Romans 8:28).  Were you able to finish the passage on your own? Perhaps you feel it is an overly used passage.  Perhaps that is true, but that does not take away its power.  I am sure this passage has been used in countless counseling sessions.  And, I am sure many who have...

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Seeing with Eyes of Faith

  How is your vision?  Do you have 20/20?  No, I am not going to check.  No, I am not going to play that nagging person in your life who is here to remind you... "You need to go to the doctor!!!" We were reading a devotion to our children the other day and a question was asked, "Do you like your ability to see or hear more?" Knowing how loud it can get in our house or in our cars or at the store or...just about anywhere we are with our...

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