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Easter 2017

Easter 2017

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss-born philosopher in the 1700’s who had little patience for traditional religion. His views on the subject would eventually lead to the French Revolution and the temporary abolishment of all religion in that country. However, in one of his works, Rousseau surprisingly said, “If Socrates died like a philosopher, Jesus Christ died...

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1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

In my studies today, I came across a poem that really summarizes what this Sunday's sermon is all about. It is called "The Perfect Church." "I think that I shall never seeA church that’s all that it should be;A church whose members never strayBeyond the straight and narrow way; A church that has no empty pewsWhose preacher never sings the blues;A chu...

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The Church & the Parachurch

The Church & the Parachurch

Several years ago, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University contacted several of his fellow professors to ask them what the meaning of life was. Here was their response: "I do not know the meaning of life." "I do not think there is an answer to the question, what is the meaning of life." "I have never found the meaning of life." "I’m afraid the mean...

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Matthew 25:14-46

Matthew 25;14-46

Several years ago, a friend of mine was sitting on a plane next to a missionary and a volunteer from the Bill Gates Foundation. As he listened to them talk about their work in Africa, he realized that they sounded very much the same. They both built wells. They both taught locals how to read and write. They both provided health care, dental care, and counsel. "What’s...

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Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Recently, Lifeway Christian Research did a study where it was found that 37 percent of people who leave churches do so because they cannot get along with other Christians. In other words, they cannot make peace, which is so sad because Matthew 5:9 says: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” and 1 Thessalonians 5:13 says: “Liv...

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Sufficient Grace

Sufficient Grace

This week, I heard someone say that God does not give us more than we can bear; He gives us way more than we can bear. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need God. The Bible says the same thing. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says: "'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of C...

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Matthew 28:18-20

Matthew 28;18-20

Dawson Trotman was the founder of the Navigators and a well-known Evangelist in the mid-1900’s who died while saving a young girl from drowning. He actually held her up while he himself perished under the waves. At his funeral, one of the keynote speakers said: "Dawson died the same way he lived – holding others up." Discipleship is a lot like that; it is the a...

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Matthew 28:19-20

Matthew 28;19-20

“What is the church supposed to be doing? Drop into any local church and you could find several different answers to that question. Some churches want to focus on their music. They want to have the best choir and the best concerts and the best ensembles in town. Others want to focus on their programs. They want to have the most relevant kid’s program and the mo...

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"As White as Snow"

As White as Snow

Snow is one of the prettiest things that God ever created and it reminds us of salvation. Isaiah 1:18 says: "'Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord 'Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.’” Through the shed blood of Christ, though you were once scarlet in God...

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1 Corinthians 12:12-13

1 Corinthians 12;12–13

A large denomination once posted a list of typos in their church bulletins that included statements such as: "Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands." And "Barbara is having trouble sleeping in the hospital. She requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s ser...

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