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[23 Jun 2013 | 3 Comments | 2,335 views]
Meeting expectations

Right now, my life is very busy.  Sometimes I think it is too busy.  However it does not compare to the Passion Week. The last week of Jesus’ life was filled to the absolute brim and overflowing with events, activities, as well as public and private teaching.
Sometimes we forget that God was orchestrating all these events to suit His purposes. The way that the donkey colt and the upper room were provided seems to shout out the sovereignty of God.  The fact that Jesus announced in advance Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s …

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[5 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,472 views]
The work of the Search Committee

Every human is created to be in fellowship with the Creator. As I have written elsewhere, God has promised that we can find Him. He has said that we will find Him when we search for Him with all of our heart. God said that we will find Him when we set our heart and soul to do so. Commitment and effort are required.  If we really want to find God, we will.
God gave us a few suggestions in the Bible.  First, Isaiah 51:1 says, “Listen to me, you who …

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[1 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,738 views]
The Veiled Gospel

It is very easy for the Christian to become discouraged, especially the one who is actively trying to live for Christ and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.
That Christian truly wants to see lost people come to salvation in Christ.  That Christian sacrifices his time, his money, and his talents in an all out effort to build his local church.  Have you ever grown tired and discouraged because it seems that your efforts come to naught? I have.  Have you ever arrived at the place where you have trouble finding the …

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[19 May 2013 | One Comment | 1,792 views]
Creating obstacles

Romans 14:13-23 are some of the most relevant verses in the whole Bible for the modern church. The church at Rome in the first century and your church in 2013 both have a problem. Both have people in them who are confused about what is really important. Both have people who have no idea how much damage they are doing to their church. Both have people who make terrible choices for very self-centered reasons. Both have people who have taken their eyes off Christ and have become unloving toward others.
It …

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[18 May 2013 | No Comment | 1,740 views]
All You Need is Love

In the summer of 1967 the first live, international, satellite television production was broadcast. The program was titled Our World, and nineteen different nations were invited to perform or appear in separate segments featuring their respective countries. The two-and-half-hour event had the largest television audience ever up to that date: an estimated 400 million people around the globe watched the broadcast.
The BBC had commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the United Kingdom’s contribution. The Beatles were asked to come up with a song containing a simple message to …

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[11 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,034 views]
Not yet members

It seems that it is very easy for believers to become very inwardly focused.  I am not speaking about a bent toward contemplative self-examination like mystics would engage in.  Because it is what proceeds out of the heart of a man that defiles him, certainly some of that is beneficial.  Rather, what I speak of is individual Christians and churches focusing inwardly in the sense that most time, energy, creativity, and money is expended on internal needs or worse, internal wants.  The local church really ought to lay hold of …

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[4 May 2013 | One Comment | 1,581 views]
He Chose You

In the days when Jesus walked on the earth, many young Jewish boys were hopeful that someday they could become disciples of their favorite rabbi. These young hopeful disciples would spend many, many long hours memorizing whole books of the Old Testament. When they were ready, they would approach the rabbi of their choice hoping to be accepted by the rabbi. If their memory work was satisfactory and the rabbi found them otherwise acceptable, the hopeful young man then began a long process of several years studying under the rabbi, …

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[27 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,279 views]
Love and the Missionaries of Charity

When I was in my first year in seminary in Rome, I had to choose an apostolate among the various organizations throughout the city that helped the poor, the hungry, the homeless.
I really wanted to work with the San Egidio community, a recently formed group that was ecumenical and had a fresh look and great heart for helping the poor, praying with them, and living with them. I went to a few other organizations to say that I had prudently made my decision, and one of these was the Missionaries …

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 1,929 views]
Kingdom Minded

Our friends over at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton have another sermon ready for your listening pleasure.
What’s it all about? Jesus’s use of parables to encourage people to understand the more subtle and complex concepts of his ministry. The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman over at Parkview tackled some parables which rather defined the Kingdom of Heaven during her July 31 sermon. Here’s a bit of trivia about the pastor — she’s only delivered six sermons as a head pastor as she started at Parkview at the end of June. How’s …

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[14 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,543 views]
Christmas in the Heavens

In John 14:3 Jesus said, “and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
I think we would all agree that the glory of the Christmas story never fades. God came to earth in human flesh and the world has never been the same since. However, the greatest Christmas of all is still to come for Jesus declared, “I will come again.”
When Jesus came the first time, He did …