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The Prayer of Jesus

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

From the biblical record of the life of Jesus and his followers it is obvious that prayer is an important part of our daily lives in this world. Unfortunately, many confuse this privilege with a religious duty to recite repetitive words or phrases on certain occasions or, as is often the case, see prayer as a desperate cry for divine help in times of trouble. From the example of Jesus and his early followers, however, prayer is a much more intimate conversation with our h...

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Abiding in Love

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

On his way to the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus continued teaching his disciples with an analogy concerning a grapevine and its branches (John 15:1-8). His main theme was living a productive life by abiding in him just as a branch lives in the vine and bears fruit. His promise was that if we abide in him and he abides in us, we will live a productive life which naturally begs the question, “How do we abide in Christ?” The short answer is by believing that we are...

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Do You Love Me

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

On the night before he was crucified Jesus promised that whoever loves him would keep his commandments and be loved of both him and the Father. Whatever this means on a practical level it sounds like something I don’t want to miss out on. So the first question I have to answer is, “Do I really love Jesus?” Immediately my mind goes to that interchange between the resurrected Jesus and his disciple Peter on the shore of Galilee in the early morning....

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A Friend of Jesus

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

A conversation with one of my students gave me an idea of the various ways the Bible describes identities. I know the gospel assures us we have a “new name” or a new identity in Christ but I never really considered that there may be several kinds of new identities in the scriptures. The central idea of the gospel is that our “old man” (the person we were naturally) was crucified and buried with Christ and a “new man” (the new person we ...

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Reality Check

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

I’m guilty. I’ve done it my entire life and still have problems with it. I’m beginning to have my mind renewed but still struggle with believing the truth. Over and over again I have made God too small and consistently underestimated the reality of the gospel message. I find myself in exactly the same place the Colossians were when Paul admonished them in the last three verses of chapter two.

“Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ fro...

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Father's Day 2017

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints:

This Sunday we give special recognition and honor to our fathers for their God given responsibility and service as the shepherd of their family. Being the “head” of the home carries with it an awesome responsibility for Dads to love their family even as Christ is the head of the Church and loves every member. It is a position of the highest service or ministry possible for a man. Although it is often minimized or even viewed simply as an obligation, fatherhoo...

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The Technology Trap

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Today’s technologies are astounding and the impact they have on our lives (for good or bad) is amazing. Like most of us “baby-boomer’s” I was dragged kicking and screaming into the computer age and still harbor resentments against each new version of Windows. Although I can see how much these technologies have improved the quality of life by making communication much faster and easier, I also dread the hidden effects of a prolonged journey on the &...

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Coping With Grief

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Most of our holidays, especially those involving a three-day weekend, are an occasion of joyous celebrations and relaxation with families and friends. Memorial Day, however, is a solemn day of remembrance and national mourning. For those who have suffered the loss of friends and family it is a time of bitter-sweet memories that stir the profound emotions of grief which often linger on well after the weekend. For me Memorial Day is like a funeral service. The grief doesn...

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Memorial Day 2017

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

What are you plans for this Memorial Day weekend? Most of us make plans to enjoy an extra day off from work to get together with friends and family for BBQs and recreational activities. While such plans are fun, they often obscure the true purpose of this special day. It’s called Memorial Day because it is a designated day of remembrance. It is a time for us to remember the sacrifices made for our freedom and to realize, once again, that freedom isn’t free. ...

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Suffering with Jesus

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Living a lifestyle of grace and truth believing the gospel is not a bed of roses! There are times when we must face real hardships and suffering while striving to reach true goals of ministry. The Bible is perfectly clear on this point as was Jesus when he told his disciples, “In this world you shall have tribulation”. The apostle Paul was well aware of “suffering for Christ’s sake” and often referred to it in his letters. In 2 Corinthians...

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