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Sunday Message – Together We Give

Pastor Mike, preaching about giving. Not just monetarily, but giving thanks, giving of your talents. And not taking for granted all that God has given you. Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O [...]

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Perfect Timing

II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” God has perfect timing.  Never too rushed, never too slow.  In this passage in II Peter the context is speaking about when [...]

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Entrust

I Peter 2:23, “and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges rightouesly.” This verse speaks volumes to me every time I read it.  In the context it is talking about suffering and all Christ went through and how He [...]

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Unstained

James 1:27 “…to keep oneself unstained by the world.” When I do the laundry, there are some stains that are easier than others to get out of my kids clothes. There are also some that do not come out because they are so ingrained in or I waited too long to treat it. Some stains [...]

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Reign Over All

 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…”   In this passage, Asa had just made a poor choice.  He relied on human power instead of God and faced the consequences of his decision with having to [...]

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The Real Deal or Just a Cheap Imitation

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There are times I read the Bible and… I realize more than usual the depth of my own sin.  I read Psalm 15 this evening and to be honest, I want to be there, where it calls me but I’m not yet.  I read these verses and I feel the sting of my thoughts and [...]

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He Reigns!

You ever wonder what the heck is going in your life? I mean we have times in our lives where everything is going fine and dandy and then, you get that phone call, email or text message that can send you reeling. It may be pertaining to you, it may be pertaining to someone in [...]

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What Happened Yesterday

Yesterday was surreal.  It sent me into deep prayer and contemplation.  There are just those moments in your life you’ll never forget, you’ll never lose sight of, they can be faith shaping moments for the good or bad.  Yesterday, I got up and did the usual, get ready, get dressed, get the kids ready, sit [...]

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Assurance, Care and Strength – Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40 has a lot of good stuff that struck me as I was reading it.  Here are some highlights: Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flowers fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”  I am so thankful for that.  God is absolutely trustworthy.  What He says He will do.  His promises are [...]

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Do We Really Want God?

Isaiah 26:8-9, “…We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.  At night my sould longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently… Wow!  Do we hunger for Him like this?  Do you sleep longing for God?  Does your very being seek Him all [...]

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Can I Get Some Peace?

Isaiah 26:3-4, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” It takes discipline.  It take practice.  It takes the grace of God through the power of the Spirit to do this.  No matter [...]

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Challenging Words for the Church and Disciples Today

This question was asked Billy Graham recently and his response is what follows. What are the most important issues facing evangelicals today? I’m grateful for the evangelical resurgence we’ve seen across the world in the last half-century or so. It truly has been God’s doing. It wasn’t like this when I first started out, and [...]

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The Road Less Traveled

Some thoughts that are challenging me: Acts 14:22, Paul had just been stoned and everybody thought he was dead. He wasn’t and he says this, “Through many tribulations we enter the kingdom of God.” Pow! There is a reason Jesus says, “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, [...]

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Does it Bother You?

Does it Bother You? There are some things in life that really don’t bother me. The fact that my neighbor who mows his lawn constantly, and now has a snow blower that sounds more like an air raid doesn’t really bother me anymore. The fact that I go to put my hand down on the [...]

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