Month: August 2013

More Than We Can Handle

“ The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7 We often hear Christians say “God will never give you more than you can handle.” They mean well when they say this, trying to […]

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Conditional Salvation

“And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:20 When we speak of salvation freely given, we often mistakenly equate this with salvation being unconditional. It is an understandable mistake, salvation was offered to the whole of the […]

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Unfailing Love

“ Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.” Psalms 32:10  As Christians, one of our favorite things to say about the love of God is that it is unconditional. This is understandable, since we are so often undeserving of His love. It is comforting […]

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Humble Elevation

“ Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 We live in a culture that values individuality, self-motivation and ambition. Over the decades the cry of “God helps those who […]

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The Wages of Love

  “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,…” Mark 9:47   When I was growing up, hate was a four letter word in my house. My mother explained […]

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Strength Within the Sorrow

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them…” Mark 14:34 We live in a world of happy Christians these days. We walk into church with our smiles on, we say “Great!” when asked how we are. We exude cheer at all times, sometimes to the point of mania. […]

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Praise and Prayer 8/19

Father thank you for the blessings of a restful Sabbath yesterday. The joy of Your presence in worship, the peace of fellowship, and the clarity of Your message were a balm to the soul. Thank you for the opportunity to speak Your grace to those who needed to hear it over the day. And Father, […]

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Praise and Prayer 8/17

Father, we thank you for the allowing us to live in a place where we can come to Your house and worship. As we sleep tonight and rise tomorrow, let Your Spirit move among us, opening our ears to hear Your message for us. Let our hearts be filled with Your presence and let us […]

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Before Forgiveness

“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…” Luke 17:3 One of the most dangerous trends in today’s society is the urge to forgiveness without rebuke or repentance. We are told that we must forgive and forget, that Christ told us to forgive others because He died […]

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Being Served

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 One of the marks the most actively growing churches is a heart for mission. We preach constantly that we are serve the less fortunate, give of our time […]

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