Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018

  "[Love] is not irritable or resentful." - 1 Corinthians 13:5 When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio.  I can't think of a time I've seen her when she wasn't cheerful and kind.  I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I'm...

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Lenten Blog – 3/19/2018

My 1-year-old son, Eli, likes to have things his way.  When he wants something, he goes and grabs it.  When someone tries to make him do something he doesn't want to do, like take a nap, he throws a tantrum... I mean a full-on, scream-his-head-off, throw stuff, throw-himself-to-the-ground, tantrum.  It's bad when 1-year-old acts like this, but it's expected.  When...

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Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018

I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you've done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as...

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Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick.  It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first.  Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain.  After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. ...

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Lenten Blog – 2/22/2018

  As I was watching the news this morning I heard the news that Billy Graham had died.  Some of you may know I do have a Greek and Hebrew degree from Wheaton College, where he also went to school.  This is part of the email Wheaton sent out this morning.      Billy Graham preached the gospel to 215...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/19/2018

Happy Presidents Day!  This is a newer holiday.  Growing up we always had both Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday as holidays.  Since they added MLK day they combined these two into one.  I don’t really know as much about George Washington, but Abraham Lincoln has been a great favorite.  When thinking about the Presidents, this passage from Romans speaks to...

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Praying with Jesus: St. Patrick

Happy St. Patrick's Day! "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of...

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Mom, You Are Forgiven – Sermon Follow-up

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” -Luke 7:47-48 Yesterday was Mother's Day.  It's a day when we celebrate Moms and tell them how much we love them.  Hearing how much they are loved can warm...

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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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I'd Never Do THAT!!

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? -Matthew 7:3 There are some really rotten people in the world aren't there?   Like those people who use foul language.  I'd never to that!  Or those people who have driven after drinking too much.  I'd...

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Devotion – January 18, 2016 – More Than Skin Deep

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. —Titus 1:15 We all sin.  Sin is whenever we are in opposition to God, when we are in rebellion against God.  We can all think of times when we've done something...

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Devotion – October 27, 2015 – Hiding from God

Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?" —Isaiah 29:15 It sounds a bit ridiculous when we say it, but we've all tried to hide our actions from God.  It usually starts with a temptation.  Instead of rejecting the...

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Is the Church Filled with Big Time Sinners?

The other day I was reading through the book of Luke and I came across Luke 7:36-50 (you can read it here).  In this passage a woman who was a prostitute heard Jesus was eating in the home of a Pharisee (a Jewish religious leader) named Simon and she wept at Jesus' feet, kissed His feet, and anointed His feet...

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Devotion – August 17, 2015 – I Desire Mercy

But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. —Matthew 9:13 Who needs mercy?  Do you?  Do I?  These are the words of Jesus there in Matthew 9.  Jesus had just called Matthew to be His disciple.  Matthew, a dirty, low-down traitor/thief of a tax collector.  Then,...

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