Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Don't Judge Me! – Sermon Follow-Up

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you...

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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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What Did I Do?

"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." -James 4:17 When God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments, there were a lot of "Do not"s.  Do not murder.  Do not steal.  Do not lie.  However, sin isn't just about doing things that are wrong.  We also sin when we...

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Blasphemy!!

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” -Matthew 12:31 Hey, wait a minute, pastor. If Jesus died for all sins, why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit not forgiven? (more…)

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As a Dog Returns to His…

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. -Proverbs 26: 11 Some Proverbs hit you right between the eyes, this is one of those. I have to confess that I am a dog lover. Our dog Buddy I have to think is the most popular member of the family at all times. Still I have...

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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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The Wage or the Gift?

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wages are something that you earn. Gifts are something that you are given without earning. The book of Genesis in the Bible says that a long time ago everything was very good. That was right after God...

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Devotion – February 4, 2016 – Natural Consequences

Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD ... they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. —Proverbs 1:29,31 As a parent, there are generally two ways I discipline my daughter.  Sometimes I impose a consequence for her actions such as sitting in time out or losing...

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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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