Comfort Based on the Character of God

Psalm 41  Sometimes — or most of the time — life does not seem to be a “bowl of cherries.” We hear the saying “God is good all the time and all the time God is good” and we wonder. As Roger put it in the Adult Bible Fellowship recently, we study the Bible so […]

Sermon On The Amount

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2 Corinthians 8:1-4  Money. The Beatles sang, “Can’t Buy Me Love!” but also sang, “Money don’t get everything, it’s true. But what it don’t get, I can’t use. Now give me money, that’s what I want.” Our culture puts high priority on it. Gerrit Cole, former pitcher for the Astros, now pitching for the Yankees, […]

Rock Solid!

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Romans 8:31-38  I attended Washington State University in eastern Washington. We frequently had snow in the winter, which added a beauty to the campus. It also created a problem! The campus was very hilly, and we students would often take shortcuts between classes, avoiding the sidewalks and steps that were usually safe, I can’t count […]

Them!

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Acts 1:8  Comments I read about the impeachment hearings have been fascinating. One commentator spoke of particular player as a “moron.” Another spoke of that same person as “an articulate orator of truth.” Huh? I suspect both comments are stained by presuppositions about how the hearings should go and the political party to which the […]

The Swing Set: Living Under Grace

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Galatians 5:13 I recall pushing our kids on the swing, and then grandkids, and then foster kids. Back and forth, back and forth. Most of them wanted to go “higher,” with cries of delight when we honored their request. Of course, on a swing set, the place of rest is at the bottom. To enjoy […]

Grace – It All Starts Here!

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Ephesians 2:8-9  Almost every church, every denomination believes something about “grace.” Many, like ours, says we are “saved by grace though faith in Jesus Christ.” Ah, but that’s where the confusion starts. What is grace? What impact does it have on our lives? What, if anything, does it guarantee about our behavior? Are we secure […]

Christmas was Great – But I Didn’t Get What I Wanted!

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Philippians 4:10-13   When I was in the high school choir in 19**, we performed a song called “The Twelve Days After Christmas.” It began, “On the first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight.” The song continued to describe either inferior gifts (the “Gold Rings” turned her fingers green) or […]

An Evil Ruler – Herod

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Matthew 2 He was an avid builder, even initiating the rebuilding of the Temple. But he was also a friend of Rome – a position that gained no friends among the Jews. He reigned when Jesus was born – an event that should have been a non-event in the world’s eyes. Then, Herod met the […]

A Righteous Man – Joseph

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Matthew 1:16-25  Joseph was rattled by the news. You would be too. But, Joseph was a righteous man, a kind man, and one who responded positively to God. We know the story, but it’s worth pausing to consider how unique this man is!