Just Between You and God – New Testament Thursday

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." -Revelation 2:17 Revelation was initially written to seven churches that John...

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Loving Others in a Time of Need

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. -Philippians 2:3-4 I saw a video the other day on Facebook.  A mother of a 4 month old was taking a class at Baylor University.  At the...

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Holding Onto God – Old Testament Tuesday

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let...

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Unity and Forgiveness in the Church – Sermon Follow-Up

"The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, 'You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.' Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:...When they heard this, they had no...

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Following, But Never Catching – Free Day Friday

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. -Psalm 23:6 I am sure you have all heard the expression, TGIF, Thank God it’s Friday. For most people this day brings rest and calm after the busy work week ends. It extends to the younger...

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Eat a Peach – New Testament Thursday

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. -Revelation 2:7 Revelation was initially written to seven churches that John cared for in present day Turkey. All these churches were about...

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Some Have Entertained Angels Unaware

"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." -Hebrews 13:1-2 Look at that guy.  You can just tell by looking at him that he's no good. All too often we judge people based on nothing other than...

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Self-Esteem vs Christ-Esteem – Old Testament Tuesday

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." —Psalm 139 13-14 If you are feeling a bit down or rejected, if you feel worthless or useless, there is no shortage of books and videos out...

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My Sheep Hear My Voice – Sermon Follow Up

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. -John 10:27-28 Yesterday was Good Shepherd Sunday.  The Shepherd metaphor in the Bible was absolutely perfect for the people who were the original audience, but today shepherding isn't...

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I Want To Follow You

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." -Isaiah 61:1 Today is April 15. It is tax day, although this year there is a...

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Can I Really Do "All" Things?

I can do all things through him [Christ] who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13 You've probably seen this verse before.  It's one of the most popular verses of the Bible.  There are posters, shirts, bracelets, and even entire books dedicated to this verse.  But what does this verse really mean? (more…)

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Then I Saw a Lamb

"Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. -Revelation 5:5-6 In last...

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Old Testament Tuesday: The Sweet Allure of Sin

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. -Genesis 3:6 Ah, sin.  It's vile.  It's evil.  It's destructive.  It's...so...attractive. When satan tempted...

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Monday Sermon Follow-up: Peace with Our Enemies

"If it is possible, as far as it depends upon you, live at peace with everyone." -Romans 12:18 In yesterday's sermon at the Main campus, I (Pastor Dave) asked the question, was the early church praying for Saul of Tarsus when he was persecuting the church, leading the lynching of Stephen, and throwing their members in prison? Jesus clearly asked...

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

"Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are...

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Can You Hear God Call?

"The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in...

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Christ Lives in Me

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20 On Monday's our blog will go deeper into the topic from the previous...

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Two Are Better Than One

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a...

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Who Is Greater?

He must become greater; I must become less. -John 3:30 One of the things I've noticed over the years raising my daughter is how much her world revolves around her.  She wants to know everything that's going on around her.  When someone gets something, she wants to know she can have it.  When someone tells a story, she immediately relates...

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I Don't Need Your Advice!

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." -Proverbs 12:15 Taking other people's advice can be hard.  We like to think we can handle things, that we most thing figured out and what we don't know, we can figure out as we go.  I recently installed a toilet at my...

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He Has Set Eternity In Our Hearts

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." -Ecclesiastes 3:11 We are in the season of Easter and I love this verse from Ecclesiastes. God has set a desire to know the future and a wonder of time,...

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Linens and Things

"Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself." -John 20:6-7 Of all the things described in the Easter account, this is a particularly interesting one.  They...

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He Is Risen!!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," -1 Peter 1:3 He is risen!! Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Today we celebrate the victory...

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Made Alive

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings...

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Good Friday

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. -Isaiah 53:5 Good Friday Pierced by nails driven into his body, his body bleeding out and no one would tend to his wounds. He was crushed by the weight of the...

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The Big Cover Up!

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." -Proverbs 28:13 I heard a speaker the other day talking about an incident form his childhood. He had been playing in a room where he wasn't supposed to play. It was the room his Mom kept her Hummel figurines. While playing he accidentally...

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The Fruit of the Spirit

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is now law.” -Galatians 5:22-23 Two weeks ago I spoke at University Village at their Sunday afternoon Vespers worship service. They are a great group and I love sharing the blessings of God in Christ with them. After...

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Lawbreaker!!

"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." -James 2:10 The thing about breaking some things is that when they’re broken, they’re broken. Not just a part of them, but all of them. This is true whether it’s an egg, a window, a truce, a resolution, a promise...

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." -Proverbs 16:3 It's Monday (sorry to remind you).  You probably have your week all planned out.  But did you pray about your plans?  Have you committed them to the Lord? (more…)

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Who's Your Master?

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -Matthew 6:24 Who or what is first in your life? Jesus is asking that question in this verse. The answer is of course, God is...

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