SHARING IS CARING

There is sometimes confusion in Christian circles when we talk about “fruit.” You may hear the term applied to pastors whose churches are growing. People may say that they are bearing “fruit.” But Galatians 5:22 makes it clear that the fruits we are to bear are of the Spirit, and that they are love, joy,…

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LIVING INSIDE OUT

From his psychological clinical practice of over twenty years, Larry Crabb, the author of the book Inside Out, found that people live their lives in an attempt to satisfy basic longings, which he sorts into three categories, which are (1) making/spending money/achievements, (2) relationships, and (3) God.  If we are living our lives the way…

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THE COMMAND WE OBEY THE LEAST?

Joy…as Pastor Lawrence reminded us Sunday, it is not circumstantial, but from the Lord. And Paul exhorts us in the imperative to “rejoice” multiple times throughout the New Testament. It is something we know we should do, and have, but how to actually obtain it? As per usual, I find a quote from C.S. Lewis…

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FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

A good friend and former pastor, Robert Francis, had a heart for God.  He epitomized the two basic tenets I’ve tried to follow in my life:  (1) Be filled with the Spirit and (2) have a childlike faith.  One of Robert’s most meaningful questions to me as I grew as a Christ-follower was, “If you…

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GOD WITHIN US

In Acts Chapter 1, Jesus promises His apostles a baptizing with the Holy Spirit.  In 1 Corinthians, Paul tells the believers that they were all baptized by the Spirit.   What happened between Acts 1 and 1 Corinthians?  Acts 2!  It’s noted there that the Holy Spirit comes to indwell all believers and at that…

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FLYING HIGH

Most of us have flown. We all know there are good stewards/stewardesses and bad ones. At the bare minimum stewards take care of their guests. Good ones go above and beyond. This past Sunday, Pastor Lawrence gave us much to think about as he reviewed areas in our lives that need stewarding. For most of…

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WHY EVANGELIZE?

Jesus said in Matthew 28 (NLT), “19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”  This commission applies to every follower of Jesus.  The Great Commission is…

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IT’S ELEMENTAL…

Prayer is an element of the Christian life that we give a lot of lip service to, but do not practice nearly enough. As Pastor Harry reiterated Sunday, nothing of eternal consequence occurs outside of prayer. So why do we not do it more?? Deep down, we are convinced that it doesn’t really “work.” And…

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SERVING GOD AND OTHERS

“We are all worms.  But I do believe that I am a glow worm.”  Winston Churchill What do you think Winston Churchill means by this statement?  How can we serve God and serve others if we think too much of ourselves? Our model for servanthood is Jesus of course.  One of the first steps is…

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IN THE DARK

Michael Phelps is one of the most decorated Olympic medalists of all time, regardless of his human foibles. Years ago, he released an advertisement for Under Armour. It shows various shots of him as an individual swimming alone at a pool, working out solitarily, eating, etc etc. At the end, it has the caption, “It…

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