IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Suffering Savior

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Last Sunday our summer preaching intern, Justin Berss, spoke during our communion service.  He presented a wonderful lesson on “The Suffering Savior.”

Prior to Justin’s lesson, Randy Wooten led the congregation in Tillit S. Teddlie’s classic hymn “Oh, The Depth and the Riches!”  The song begins like this: Continue reading

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Commitment To Christ

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Pliny the Elder, was a Roman writer who lived during the same time period as Jesus. He told a story of the setting of an obelisk, which when erect would stand 99 feet tall. Twenty thousand workers were chosen to pull on the ropes and activate the hoisting apparatus.

There was great responsibility and risk in the operation. Just one error could cause the obelisk to fall, ruining years of work. The King demanded one act which insured the complete attention of the engineer. Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE John 8:32

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Lillian Quigley, in her children’s book, The Blind Men and the Elephant, recounts the famous fable of six blind men who encounter an elephant for the first time. In the story each man touches a part of the elephant and draws his own conclusion of what an elephant is like. Continue reading

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Living in an Evil, Chaotic World

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A commercial airliner is shot down over Ukraine. 298 people tragically lost their lives. And pro-Moscow separatists tied to Russian President Putin are alleged to be the perpetrators of this horrific act of violence.

At the same time we are witnessing another bloody conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The latest confrontation was sparked by the murder of three young Jewish boys and the possible revenge when an 18-year-old Palestinian teen was murdered. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Holy

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“Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good.  In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life.  In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness.  But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether.  Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.” Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! God’s Plan for You!

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Bradley Dugger, one of the Shepherds where I preached several years ago in Columbia, Tennessee, was fond of saying, “When you read John 3:16, insert your name instead of “God so loved the world.” In other words, say….

“ For God so loved (Ken Weliever) that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That makes God’s plan for salvation personal. His love uniquely special. And his promise of eternal life individual. Continue reading

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Hold On To Your Hope!

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“Americans Losing Hope in the American Dream” screams the headline from a recent poll.

The article from NewsMax said, “Americans are pessimistic about their chances of achieving and sustaining the American dream.” According to the Marist-McClatchy Poll 80% of Americans think it’s harder now than in previous generations to get ahead.” Continue reading

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