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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Sandi and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It has been our privilege to serve you by the grace of our Lord Jesus and look forward to continuing in the New Year. We greatly appreciate the love and support you have shown us over the past year and especially your dedication to the mission of Alpha Ministries’ Church in the Woods. God bless and keep you in his grace.
John

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The Wise Men

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

The gospel of Matthew records a radically different side of the Christmas story. While Luke describes the tender scene of Jesus being born in a manger and shepherds rejoicing at the good news of their Savior, Matthew’s story is one filled with conflict, deception and murder. The difference may reflect the overall purpose of each writer with Luke presenting Jesus as the “son of man” identifying fully with humanity while Matthew presents him as the K...

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The Shepherds

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Christmas story is how God used the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. In his account the gospel writer, Luke, describes their ministry after the birth of Jesus (Luke 2: 8-20). Although there are references to the shepherds in most modern accounts of the birth of Jesus, their role seems to be viewed as “extras” to add some color rather than a vital part to the story. In his original story Luke, however, seems t...

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The Humble Birth

Posted on December 5, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

One of the most touching facts of the Christmas story is the humble circumstances of the birth of Jesus. It is always amazing to consider the sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe, the very son of God, entering the world he made himself as a helpless infant. The only ones who took note of his birth were common folks while the elite rulers of the world were completely oblivious to the most momentous event in human history. Such humility was certainly not an acci...

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In Everything Give Thanks

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 18). This command seems impossible! I am to give thanks for everything that has or is going on in my life? Even the painful stuff? Even the bad stuff? You’ve got to be kidding me! Maybe I could give thanks for annoyances or aggravations if they don’t last too long, but I certainly can’t be expected to give thanks for the really bad ...

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In Everything Give Thanks

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 18). This command seems impossible! I am to give thanks for everything that has or is going on in my life? Even the painful stuff? Even the bad stuff? You’ve got to be kidding me! Maybe I could give thanks for annoyances or aggravations if they don’t last too long, but I certainly can’t be expected to give thanks for the reall...

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Political Approval

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

A lot of politicians are nervously awaiting the election returns of today’s voting. They are, of coarse, hoping that all their campaigning efforts will be rewarded by winning the majority vote. For most the approval of their fellowman has been their goal for several months if not years. For many that approval is needed to advance their career towards more money and power. It’s not just something they want, it’s something they believe is an absolu...

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Confidence in the Comforter

Posted on October 24, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

I can’t think of a greater blessing from God than that which Jesus gave to his followers concerning the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I know it is incredulous to the world, but for anyone who has experienced the new birth by faith in Christ that first “taste” of their personal salvation is amazing. Wonderful as that might have been, however, it was just the beginning of what Jesus promised for our lives in this world. 

Being a realist J...

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The Comforter Within

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Our everyday lives are filled with choices. Most are fairly mundane like, “what shall I have for breakfast” while others are life threatening like, “should I take chemo treatments”. Naturally we make such choices based on our own knowledge of what is best at the time and hope that we are right. In the case of the more mundane choices we have little concern about the outcome. But concerning the life altering choices we feel a desperate need for as...

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Convinced by the Spirit

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

One of the least understood functions of the Spirit of God in today’s world is that which Jesus promised over two thousand years ago. At the close of his last “ministry training class” with his disciples he told them it was necessary for him to leave them. Of course, they were shocked and discouraged by that announcement because they were expecting him to set up an earthly kingdom in which they would live happily ever after with him in this chaotic...

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