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Special Day

I had to laugh when I read the resolution one man made.  Wanting to lose weight, he declared, “No more than one dessert a day, unless it’s a really, really, really special day.”  And then he added, “Of course, at my house every day is special.  How about yours?” While I question how successful his weight loss strategy will be, I truly…

Both

This morning I was reading in John chapter 1, where the apostle says, this of Jesus, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Both grace and truth are essential. Without truth, the unbeliever does not see the need for salvation.…

Difficult relationships

God repeatedly says in His word that our relationship with Him should impact our relationship with one another.  In fact, 1 John 4:20 puts it this way, the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. We know this and we affirm this.  So why the conflict, the anger, the distance…

Keeping Your Distance

In John 13:34 the Lord says these simple yet very profound words—“Love one another.”  He repeats that again and again to them, and throughout the New Testament His apostles also write of the importance of loving one another.  We would all agree with this, but here’s the reality—that is a challenge, especially living in a society where people keep their distance.  How can…

A Question about Prayer

Recently I was asked this question: “Why pray?  If God knows everything before it happens and also knows the outcome of everything, why bother with prayer?”  The truth is, yes, God does know everything, as Jesus says in Matthew 6:8, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”  So why pray? The answer is found in James 4:8, which says, “Draw near to…

The Many Blessings of Joining a Church

Last time we took a look at the question of church membership, seeing from Scripture how commitment to a local church is the Lord’s plan and the early church’s practice.  This week, I want to consider the blessings in joining a church. Church membership is important for your spiritual protection.  Scripture speaks of believers as sheep, which is spiritual significant.  Sheep aren’t…

Is It Ever Right To Do Wrong For The Greater Good?

A Biblical sermon should answer questions as well as raise more questions.  In other words, teaching should cause us to grow in our understanding of God’s word as well as stimulate us to seek more answers in Scripture to questions that are raised.  This was the case last Sunday, as we considered the question, “Do babies that die go to heaven?”  We saw that…

To Bear Much Fruit

A couple weeks ago I shared my excitement over seeing new growth on the grape vines in my backyard.  After that, a friend came over and told me that I must prune the vines, otherwise all I will get is very small, inedible grapes.  So I took my shears, clenched my teeth, and started cutting away many little clusters.  It was painful,…

The Importance of Membership

In our Welcome to the Family lunch on Sunday I shared an excerpt from one of the books I have been reading called The Compelling Community.  The pastor tells a fascinating story about a woman named Kaitlin who visited a church.  She liked the teaching, but she was put off by the focus on membership.  “Why do I need to sign a piece of paper to…

Guard Yourself From Idols

A few weeks ago we studied the life of the apostle John, a man so captivated by the love of Christ that he referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” That love transformed John’s life from someone who was self-serving, judgmental, and lacking in love to someone who radiated God’s love to others. John is a great encouragement to me…