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Why Christmas is Important

The Importance of Celebrating Christmas At Christmas we celebrate the Nativity, or birth, of Christ. This is a world-altering event which transpired millennia ago, yet it is as pertinent today as it was then. In fact, given all the rancor, division and hatred within our society today, the remembrance and celebration of the Nativity of...

December 26, 2019December 26, 2019by
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The Purpose of Thanksgiving

A Time to Reflect According to the Christian calendar, the year is coming to an abrupt end. A new year will soon begin as we enter the season of Advent. It is a very healthy practice to stop what we are doing in this time of transition and take stock of everything that has happened...

November 14, 2019November 14, 2019by
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Prove Your Faith By Your Deeds

Words, Alone, Are Meaningless We’ve all heard sayings like, “Put your money where your mouth is!”, “Practice what you preach!”, and “Do what you say.” All these popular statements, and others like them, reveal something very important about us. We do not inherently trust what people say. Words are many and words are easy. However,...

October 15, 2019October 15, 2019by
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From Lost to Found

From Lost to Found The Christian faith is, at it’s heart, about salvation. Salvation happens when someone like you or I start out being lost, but through either the initiative of God, or our an action of our own, we become found. Luke 15 teaches us that God’s number one goal is to find every...

September 17, 2019September 17, 2019by
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The Basics of Prayer

Prayer is at the center of our worship and service to God. It is also the heart of our relationship with God. Understanding what prayer is, and learning how to do it better, will enable us to worship and serve God more effectively. It will help us relate with God more intimately, too. We will,...

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The Forty Days

I remember when my wife and I heard the good news that we were expecting our first child. It was exciting and scary all at the same time. As soon as the doctor said those words, we knew that event would be the biggest and best thing that ever happened to us. We also understood...

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Signs of Fruitful Church

Appearances Are Often Deceiving In Mark 11:12-26, Jesus goes outside one morning. As he walks along the hot dusty road, a beautiful sight suddenly captures his eye. It is a magnificent fig tree. This tree is bright and beautiful. It is tall and looks very healthy. Jesus assumes that such a wonderful looking tree will...

February 19, 2019February 19, 2019by
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Great in the Eyes of God

In today’s world, becoming great means that one must compete against his or her neighbors for what seems like limited resources. In families, siblings compete with each other for the time and affection of their parents, the best seat in the car, or for the best video game controller with which to play. In civic...

February 11, 2019February 11, 2019by
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Catching People

Many churches today are struggling under the strain of declining membership. Many church members are scratching their heads and wondering why this diminishment is occurring. I have listened to many conversations among church people and have heard various theories as to why the church is shrinking so rapidly. Many scapegoats have been identified. The pastor...

February 8, 2019February 8, 2019by
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How Best to Follow Jesus

There are many well-intentioned ideas circulating around churches these days with respect to how best to follow Jesus. Opinions on this very important subject are as varied and numerous as the trees in a forest. Some opine that we should follow Jesus by taking a particular political stance and follow it up with some kind...

February 7, 2019February 7, 2019by
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