Jan 7, 2024
Be Amazed!
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Luke 7:1-10 During his earthly ministry, people were often amazed at Jesus.  But there were also times when Jesus was amazed at people.  The gospel of Luke records how Jesus was amazed at the faith of a Roman centurion who came to him seeking healing for his servant.  Jesus used the centurion’s faith as a challenge to those who were standing around watching.  The story challenges our faith, as well! Three Important Questions:
  • Is Jesus amazed at my faith?
  • Is Jesus amazed at my lack of faith?
  • Is my faith helping anyone get healed?
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  • Jan 7, 2024Be Amazed!
    Jan 7, 2024
    Be Amazed!
    Series: (All)
    Luke 7:1-10 During his earthly ministry, people were often amazed at Jesus.  But there were also times when Jesus was amazed at people.  The gospel of Luke records how Jesus was amazed at the faith of a Roman centurion who came to him seeking healing for his servant.  Jesus used the centurion’s faith as a challenge to those who were standing around watching.  The story challenges our faith, as well! Three Important Questions:
    • Is Jesus amazed at my faith?
    • Is Jesus amazed at my lack of faith?
    • Is my faith helping anyone get healed?
  • Dec 31, 2023Making the Most of 2024
    Dec 31, 2023
    Making the Most of 2024
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    Ephesians 5:8-21 The Apostle Paul’s instructions to the believers in Ephesus still provide great wisdom for us today, especially as we contemplate the dawning of a new year.
    • Wake up! (v.14)
    • Be careful and wise! (v.15)
    • Make the most of every opportunity! (v.16)
    • Understand the Lord’s will! (v.17)
    • Be filled with the Holy Spirit! (v.18)
    • Encourage one another! (vv.19a & 21)
    • Praise the Lord! (vv.19b-20)
     
  • Dec 24, 2023Saving the Best for Last
    Dec 24, 2023
    Saving the Best for Last
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    Hebrews 1:1-4 Jesus has the best Proclamation.  “But in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son…”  Jesus has the best Position.  “...whom He appointed heir of all things …” Jesus has the best Power.  “...and through whom He made the universe.” Jesus is the best Picture.  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being ...” Jesus has the best Purpose.  “He...provided purification for sins …”
  • Oct 22, 2023Romans 12
    Oct 22, 2023
    Romans 12
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    Romans 12

    And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

    Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge;  I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

    20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.  If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

    21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

  • Oct 15, 2023Who is Living in Your Head Rent-Free?
    Oct 15, 2023
    Who is Living in Your Head Rent-Free?
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    “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.  Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’  When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order.  Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there.  And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”  — Luke 11:24-26
  • Jun 11, 2023Getting Off The Bottle
    Jun 11, 2023
    Getting Off The Bottle
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    The New Testament writers saw the transition of little children off of milk and onto solid foods as an apt illustration of spiritual maturity.  But surprisingly, many believers were stunted in their spiritual growth.  This is certainly still true today!
    • Like the Corinthian Christians, to get on the path to spiritual growth we must first identify what is holding us back.
    • We must also understand the purpose and potential God has given to us.
    • Finally, we must learn reliance upon the power of God for all good things that happen in us and through us.
  • Jun 4, 2023Blessings and Suffering
    Jun 4, 2023
    Blessings and Suffering
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    Prayer is the key that unlocks the faith in our lives.  Go to God in prayer first!
  • May 28, 2023When Jesus Makes You Gasp!
    May 28, 2023
    When Jesus Makes You Gasp!
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    People surely gasped when Jesus touched a man with leprosy.  Luke 5:12-16 People surely gasped when Jesus called a tax collector to be a disciple.  Luke 5:27-32 People surely gasped when Jesus allowed a sinful woman to wash his feet with her hair.  Luke 7:36-39 Jesus knew something about himself that you and I sometimes forget.  Jesus is always more contagious than anything he touches!
  • Apr 16, 2023Our Hearts Burning Within Us
    Apr 16, 2023
    Our Hearts Burning Within Us
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    On the afternoon of the first Easter Sunday, two followers of Jesus were walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  Jesus began walking with them, but they didn’t immediately recognize him.  In a short time, Jesus was able to open their eyes and rekindle their faith.  After he left them, they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”  (Luke 24:32) How are we able to regain or maintain our spiritual fervor?
    • Spend time in the presence of the Living Lord.
    • Study the scriptures for inspiration and understanding.
    • Share with others the truths Christ has revealed.
    “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”  Romans 12:11
  • Feb 19, 2023The Garden
    Feb 19, 2023
    The Garden
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    The greatest purpose of life is for us to walk with God. The Garden of Eden - Genesis 2 & 3 The Tabernacle - Exodus 25 & Leviticus 16 The Tomb - John 20 The City - Revelation 21 & 22 The Cross - Luke 23