Cross and Flame - Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

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Turn Back to Me

Turn Back to Me The Prophet Joel calls the nation of Israel to repentance; to turn back from their wicked and sinful ways for there will be a judgment upon the people if they continue.  He warns them of a plague that will overtake them.  As if that isn’t enough, a drought will come, and…

Great rescues

“I’ll Save you, Nell” and Other Great Rescues

Exodus 1: 8-2:10 Does anyone here remember the epic, socially-redeeming, world-changing cartoon, Dudley Do-right and the Mounties? Who remembers the name of Dudley’s sweetheart? What about the villain? OK, we’re going to set up the basic plot of every episode of this classic cartoon. Left side, you be Nell, and your line is, “Save me,…

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One in Christ

Ephesians 4:1-6 Sermon Focus – Revelation 2:4 To be one in Christ is to be sold out to Christ.  This letter is addressed to the saints – the fully committed to Christ. They are the ones who are the full expression of holiness and whose hearts are intertwined with the heart of Christ. In Revelation,…

Saturated in Christ

Saturated in Christ

Psalm 133:1-3 Introduction There is a story told by Pastor E.V. Hill that some eggs were hatching and one little chick stuck its head out, looked around and said “Nope, I am not coming out.” As other eggs cracked and the other little chicks stuck their heads out, they pecked until the eggs shell was…

One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 10:16-18 (Read Psalm 107) Introduction We are privileged to read a portion of this first letter written to the church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul. The preface to this passage speaks of the children of Israel who had a history of taking on the ways of the world around them and forgetting…

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The Call to Fruitfulness

John 15:16; Gen. 17:1-6; Gen. 18:1-2; 9-15 As I have reflected on this past year and contemplated the things of the New Year, it seems that we are about to embark on a new part of an ongoing journey.  I believe that God is going to do a new thing in 2017 and that will…

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God is Doing a New Thing

Isaiah 43: 19 This passage tells of God’s mercy towards us even when we continue to disobey; even though we know who He is and what He has done for us. Story When our oldest son, Scott, was growing up, he came to me warning me that his tennis shoes were on their way out. …

Broke but not Empty

Broke But Not Empty

Introduction We find ourselves at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple.  It is 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and Jewish community is gathering for prayer service.  As is his custom, a lame man lies at the gate begging for money. This day his life will change because of two men of God with no money…

Rise up and stand firm

Rise up and Stand firm

Introduction We assume Paul wrote this letter to the church at Ephesus but there is scholarship that has sought to prove otherwise.  It is not a letter written to correct some wrong that was done or to defend himself or his teaching.  It is a letter of encouragement on how to live in an alien…

God Gives the Increase

God Gives the Increase

Introduction We are called to be co-laborers with Christ. This relationship requires us to know and trust God through Christ.  We die to ourselves as we take on more of Christ.  We learn of his ways in order the carry out our charge the way he wants.  Sometimes get in the way and try to…