THE SOURCE OF OUR RESOURCES

The twelve disciples continue to be a source of inspiration and learning. This week, we see them stumble again, experiencing again the hard lesson that Jesus is the only one who can meet their needs, whether they were looking for bread to eat, or peace in a storm. How often...

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THE GREAT TENSION

Christ prayed for us to be in the world, but not of the world. Innocent as doves but wise as serpents. In. Not of. Being in the world means we are NOT to separate ourselves from those that need Christ. “In the world” means being exposed  to  the sin  of  the  world without actually participating,...

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PROMISE AND POWER

In an article from March 29, 2021, Gallup reported (Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup News) that less than half of adult Americans have a formal membership with a specific house of worship, down more than 20 points over the past two decades. Gallup reports that the decline in church membership is...

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PRIORITIES LEAD TO CHOICES

The choices we make , or have made , define the trajectory of our lives. If we believe the world, we would chase many possessions, with money being the primary target.  If we believe God, we would choose Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in every aspect of...

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HEARING

Sunday morning, Pastor Lawrence emphasized the difference between types of hearing. As used colloquially in English, and as defined by Webster’s, “hearing” is a physical act of the ear. It is sound waves, and vibrations. Processing of that information may or may not occur. The Hebrew word for hearing, however,...

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KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM

Is knowledge the same as wisdom? Before answering this question, consider another – is knowing about Christ the same as the Spirit living within us as believers? In thinking through this second question, consider Paul’s words in Galatians 5: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,...

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HEAVENLY OR HELLISH

I see them all the time – those darling little boys with pudgy cheeks and sparkling eyes who look like angels. Then, in a matter of minutes, those same sweet boys can turn into a beasts who scream and throw things at their sister! Adults too… siblings, co-workers, neighbors, aunties,...

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YOUR SLEEP WILL BE SWEET

The day has come to an end. You have readied yourself for bed, crawled between the sheets, and closed your eyes. But rather than drifting into a peaceful nights sleep, your mind begins to race through the “could have…” “would have…” “should haves…” of the day. Perhaps you are one...

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WISDOM, WARNINGS, AND THE WAY FORWARD

Proverbs are typically short, pithy statements that seek to express a general truth. Today, we might consider the short, cleverly displayed sayings that we see all over social media as “proverbs” of our time.  The book of Proverbs in the Bible is a genre known as wisdom literature, a collection...

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