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Being Merciful

Matthew 5:7 How Merciful are you? What is Mercy? The word translated mercy(eleeo) means to be compassionate. Mercy is beautifully pictured in Jesus’ parable, the Good Samaritan, in which a man was brutally beaten, robbed, and left on the side of the road to die. A Levite (a layman in the Temple) and a priest apathetically passed by...

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WAVE THE BANNER HIGH

This past weekend most of us celebrated our country’s 245th birthday with family gatherings, cookouts, and fireworks. Additionally, numerous Americans proudly flew their flag as a way of displaying their patriotism. According to legend, the first American flag was made by Betsy Ross, a seamstress in Philadelphia who was acquainted with George Washington. The first...

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How’s Your Approach to Problems?

James 1:2-62. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all...

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What a Testimony

Summertime is here! For many, this means cookouts, ball games, vacations, and pool parties. Kids seem to enjoy the pool parties best, and when you get some pool noodles and beach balls involved, you are in for some real summer fun! It is funny to watch kids try to sink an inflatable beach ball. No...

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Burn the Ships

Jeremiah 2:19 & I Kings 18:21 “Burn the Ships” has become a metaphor for any decision where retreat is no longer an option. It is a point of no return. A Culture in Chaos: In our postmodern and post-Christian culture, citizens no longer share common ideas of right and wrong based on God’s unchangeable Word.  God placed...

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You’re Not Home Yet

An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and fearful of the future. They soon discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from...

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Beware of the Love of Money

1 Timothy 6: 9-10 -”But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through...

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What Were You Thinking?

Can you remember back to your childhood when you did something so mindless that a parent or teacher asked you the question, “What were you thinking?”  In reality, we might have been thinking; but our thinking was neither correct nor Biblical.  Words and actions enable listeners and readers to know “who” is guiding our thoughts. ...

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Sleep Through the Storm

Proverbs 6:6-8  “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Pastor has been preaching through the book of Proverbs on Sunday evenings and he recently covered the above portion of chapter...

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What Did They Lose?

One of the most familiar stories in the Old Testament is that of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. These three young men were taken captive by the Babylonians, carried back to Babylon, and put to work for the government. The king of Babylon made an image of gold and required every person to bow down to...