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Thanks Be To God

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Dear Saints,

 

There seems to be a general consensus that the year 2020 has been a bad year, at least for our country. Beginning with a shortage of toilet paper it seems like things kept get progressively worse as the year went on. The Covid-19 pandemic, the lockdowns, the economic setbacks, the call for defunding the police, violent protests in the streets of major cities, and unprecedented voter fraud during the elections all add up to make this year seem like the worst i...

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Napping in the Storm

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

How do you take a nap in the middle of a ragging storm? The story of Jesus being sound asleep in the boat during a mini hurricane on the lake of Galilee amazes me (Mark 4: 35-40). Just getting in a boat usually makes me nervous never mind being caught in a storm. The fact that experienced fishermen who knew how to sail were freaked tells me this was no small storm threatening to destroy their boat. In fact, the situation was so dangerous as the boat began f...

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God's Eternal Plan

Posted on November 4, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

Before writing this message I was waiting on the outcome of the presidential election yesterday. But this morning it seems we still don’t know for sure and it occurred to me that it really doesn’t matter. The message I have is not dependent on who the president is or what the political landscape in our nation looks like. This is not to suggest political apathy or indifference, but to focus on a deeper issue concerning God’s eternal plan for...

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Knowing the Love of God

Posted on October 28, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Dear Saints,

 

The more I learn the more I realize how much I do not know! Solomon discovered the same thing and it drove him to drink (see Ecclesiastes 2). After forty-five years of studying and teaching others about God I have to say I still do not understand him. When I was young there were times I thought I had a pretty good handle on who he was, what he desired, and how he worked in the affairs of men. But the more I learned the more I realized how much I really did ...

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Vote Responsibly

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Dear Saints,

 

The government our founding fathers established for this nation was unique to the world. Having endured both religious and political persecution they sought to establish a government of the people, by the people, and for the people that would prevent such tyrannical institutions from abusing God ordained power to govern others. Using biblical principles of equality and freedom for all they declared their independence as a nation and developed a constitution t...

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Dual Citizenship

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Dear Saints,

 

This being an election year it is no surprise we have conflict in our nation. While this year may seem to be more intense than previous years with violence in the streets of some cities, the struggle has always been there. Any nation founded upon biblical principles acknowledging the God of creation is bound to have conflict in this world. Our history is filled with intense conflicts, including a civil war, to ensure the freedom of our own citizens as well a...

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The Good News

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In a world full of bad news and fake news the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ shines like a light in the darkest part of the night. I am not talking about the “religious good news” offered by so many religious groups today. Their good news boils down to the kind of good news Paul described in his letter to the Galatian churches when he wrote, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto...

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The Law of Love

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Dear Saints,

 

Even a superficial reading of the New Testament reveals how important our relationships are to God. In every book or letter there is a major passage describing the way God wants us to relate to each other. The letters of the apostle Paul, comprising much of the New Testament, are filled with “ one another” statements concerning the way we should or should not interact with others around us. Clearly, God is not just concerned with our relationship...

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Living by Faith

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Dear Saints;

 

Living by faith sounds so good but is a real pain in the butt! Most Christians know that we are supposed to be living by faith. We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God, that whatsoever is not of faith is sin, and that the just shall keep on living by faith. Faith is a “biggie” as far as God is concerned. But what exactly are we supposed to trust when we live by faith? What are we going to believe in?

 

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Obstacles to Love

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Dear Saints,

 

The more I study what it means to love another person like Christ, the more I realize how difficult that may be. Our romantic idea of love is glamorized by books and movies to be something that is exciting for both the person doing the loving and the one receiving that love. But when the excitement wanes or obstacles get in our way romantic love soon disappears. The relationship which follows will often degenerate into a painful experience of defensive maneu...

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