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The Art of Living Under Grace

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10  As we come to the close of this series, a common thread winds through all the “art of…” topics – Grace! Whether that is the initial grace we experience when we are first saved, the grace that we experience in our daily lives, or God’s grace through us as we relate with […]

The Art of Dollars and Sense

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1 Timothy 6:10  I recently received a letter about our car. “Dear Roger Fankhauser, after reviewing your status we can place you in a new car and reduce or maintain your monthly payment.” Sounds appealing – most people would like something new for the same – or even better – payment. But the letter is […]

The Art of Walking By The Spirit

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Galatians 5:16-25  I decided I’m not going to fight sin any more. It wears me out and besides, it seems I mostly lose. So, I’m done fighting it, done trying to transform my flesh. Now, if you think this means Sunday’s message will be about forming a new search committee to replace a pastor-gone-bad, well, […]

The Art of Helping

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Galatians 6:10  Should followers of Christ help those in need in the community? This passage in Galatians certainly seems to imply they should! If so, how can they do so? Should every church have a food bank ministry or other outreach ministries?  Guest Speakers: Jane Burton, Next Steps Women’s Center Jennifer Woods, Harvest House Lisa […]

The Art of Giving Thanks

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  For many, the Thanksgiving is a good reminder to give thanks. Some can easily list things for which they are thankful; for others, it is a tough season. Interestingly, however, the Scriptures use two phrases that run counter to our human nature. “Always,” and “In everything.” Rejoice always, in everything give thanks. […]

The Art of Caring for One Another

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1 Corinthians 12:25-26  Paul Simon, in a song from the sixties, wrote these painful lyrics:  I’ve built walls, A fortress deep and mighty, That none may penetrate. I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain. It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain. I am a rock, I am an island.   The sad thing, […]

The Art of “In” but not “Of”

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John 17:11, 14-16  Some years ago, I attended a traditional Texas A&M vs. University of Texas rivalry game. I sat in the Texas section with a Texas alumnus, but I was an avid (maybe rabid) Aggie fan. I sat “in” the Texas section, but I was certainly not “of” the Longhorns! My Aggie allegiance impacted […]

The Art of Seeing Ourselves As God Sees Us

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Imagine holding a yellow tennis ball. You then look at it through three different sets of glasses. The first has perfectly clear lenses. What color do you see? Yellow, of course. Then look through glasses with blue lenses. What color now? Green. Finally, through glasses with red lenses. What color now? Orange. But the correct […]

The Art of Living By Grace

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The conclusion was, “Of course she’s not a believer… she did _____.” Or, “Christians can’t ______” (fill in the blank with play cards, watch TV, watch R-rated movies, have a glass of wine, root for the Yankees, or any other thing you’ve heard or thought!). Do these represent grace? Yet, I’ve seen both scenarios played […]