Embrace God In Your Life

Both of my parents passed away in the month of April, which means that the anniversaries of their deaths are always close to Easter.  I find it to be a comfort that when I remember their deaths, I am also reminded of their eternal life.
The apostle Paul addressed the grief of the Thessalonian community regarding the deaths of those they loved.  The people were fearful that those who died before the return of the Lord were lost forever, and so Paul wrote these words…

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Freedom From Stuff

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” – Luke 9:24
Almost five years ago, we made the decision to sell our home and downsize.  I loved that house, probably too much.  I was unhappy about the whole thing.  After all, we shared a fence with Bob and Marsha! I’ve been a collector for a long time – a guardian of “fine junk.”  I had a great deal of storage space in my other home and knew I’d have to get rid of some of my treasures before moving, which I didn’t want to do…

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Fulfill the Commandment of Love

In 1943, Copenhagen, Denmark, was under Nazi occupation. The Germans were planning a surprise, mass roundup of the Jewish population of Copenhagen. The plan was to send the Danish Jews to concentration camps. This surprise roundup would have undoubtedly led to the death of thousands of Jews. The Jewish population was in serious trouble. Thankfully, one brave man considered the people of Copenhagen, all of the people of Copenhagen, to be his neighbors.

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Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree to See Jesus

Bible Point: Jesus accepts everyone. Key Verse: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). We heard today how Jesus spotted Zacchaeus up in a tree and told Zacchaeus that […]

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Jesus Walks on Water

Bible Point: Jesus helps us believe. Key Verse: “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). We learned this week that Jesus walked on water to get to the boat where the disciples were. When Peter saw Jesus, Peter got out of the boat and walked on […]

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Acts 15:36-40

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the brethren in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 And Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphyl’ia, and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp contention, so that they separated from each other; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.

– Acts 15:36-40

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 Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
–  Micah 6:8

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Give Joy To Others

Aimee and I have been blessed to witness the generosity of so many of God’s people.  In each of the different churches that we have had the privilege of serving, we have seen the joy of giving lived out in so many different ways. One evening, while living in Fort Cobb, our doorbell rang.  I was greeted by a member of our church, Colleen.  She was carrying a large bag of meat.  It contained 50 pounds of various cuts of beef.  Colleen handed me the large sack and said, “We wanted you to have this.”  What a gift!

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Great Joy In Tough Times

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
In life there are often situations we cannot understand. We think we know which way life is heading and then whoosh! – everything changes. However, God works in mysterious ways, and chooses when to shed light on our situation.

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Edmond Campus Youth and Music Building Grand Opening

Last week’s Wednesday Night Alive at the Edmond Campus had a little more excitement in the air as St. Luke’s members gathered for the Grand Opening of the Youth and Music expansion. “This is truly a place where you can come as you are, come as who you are, and just have a good time.  […]

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