SETTING GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Jesus tells a parable in Luke 11:24-26 in which he talks about a man who was working to rid his life of an evil spirit only to attract more evil into his life. Jesus used this story to illustrate how focusing on a problem alone instead of a positive solution can create more problems if […]

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE

The shepherds were standing watch over their flocks in the fields when the angels appeared to them saying, “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For born to you this day in the City of David is a Savior who is Christ the Lord.  And […]

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The message of Christmas is loaded with practical advice and inspiration. It is the greatest story ever told, containing truth from thousands of years ago that still applies today. Isn’t that incredible? Three things I want to share with you about the Christmas story.  #1 God uses ordinary people It’s important for us to see […]

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THE CURE FOR LONELINESS

I love taking time during Advent to look at the bond between Mary and Elizabeth. Both women were pregnant for the first time under such unusual circumstances. They must have had a mix of emotions including fear, excitement and loneliness.  The Christmas season can have such a heightened sense of loneliness for all of us. […]

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THIS MIGHT SCARE YOU…

Fear is something we all experience whether it is fears about our finances, relationships or health. We have fears about death – the death of a loved one, our own death, we have fears about the crazy world we live in with such terrorism and hatred and hardness.  If we’re not careful we can live […]

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LOVING OTHERS IN DEED 

Even though the early church had witnessed, firsthand, the works of Jesus, they still weren’t free from problems. John wrote to the early church reminding them that they were blessed, saying, “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in […]

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BETTER OR BITTER?

“Do you have the courage and the strength it takes to be happy?” –Author, Don McCullough Did you ever consider that it might take courage and strength to be happy? This quote goes on to say, “It is far easier to be angry, it is far easier to slip down into hate and to become […]

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THE NARROW PATH

You’ve probably heard the phrase that following Christ is like taking a narrow path, but what does it mean for us to follow Christ on the narrow road? Let’s look at three ideas. First of all, when you and I follow Christ on the narrow way, we commit to grow spiritually and consistently seek God’s […]

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learning from the early church

It’s interesting to look back at the early church to see how they overcame their struggles and differences. The church was experiencing tremendous growth and this meant they had to get organized. They would make a decision about what it means to be a caring community of faith. In Acts 6:1-6, we see the people […]

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When anger holds us down

The Bible gives us the story of Elijah who had been in such high standing with God. He was God’s man, God’s prophet and had the support of all the people. You can read the full story in 1 Kings 19:9-13. Suddenly, things changed and Elijah was feeling deserted and disrespected. His feelings were hurt […]

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