Triumph Over Temptation

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”

This philosophy is held by many today, whether they think about it consciously or not. We live in an age of emphasis on self-gratification instead of self-denial. But while the world says denying yourself of pleasures is bad for you, the inspired writer James says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (Jas. 1:12) Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Mark 10:14

 

This week I’m participating in the Vacation Bible School with the Wellandport Church teaching the adult class.

I’m teaching, but I think I’m the one receiving the most benefit. Not just from the adults in my class. But from the children. They are excited. They sing at the top of their lungs. And proudly show their pictures after class.

I love VBS. It reinforces the value of children. The need to teach them. And to provide spiritual direction for their lives. Continue reading

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Truth vs Tradition

Do these three names mean anything to you? Melchior? Caspar? Balthasar?

Tradition has it that these men were the 3 kings of the Orient who came bearing gifts to baby Jesus.

You’ve heard the song, “We Three Kings”? And you have seen the manger scene with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the animals, and the shepherds all together? Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Power

This week begins our VBS at Wellandport. Excitement is in the air. And theme decorations are adorning the classrooms, thanks to the creativity of Sherry Stephens and her helper husband, Mike.

The keyword this week is power. The children will be studying the theme WOW: Did Jesus really do that? They will learn about Jesus’ power over needs, nature, problems, sickness and Satan. They will learn about his miracles, ministry and mission on earth. Continue reading

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Watch Out for “Certain Men”

In my Bible reading this morning I came across this warning about “certain men.” I was reminded that over 40 years ago I worked up a sermon about the problem of “certain men.” Well, actually,” worked up” is a bit of a stretch, I “borrowed” it from Robert Jackson!

But I digress.

Three times in the New Testament Bible writers warn first century Christians about “certain men.” Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations: Doing More.

Have you seen the “You had one job jokes”? There are hundreds of them.

Diane Sewell has a whole page of “one job” pictures. Like the football jersey with the number “12″ but spelled out thirteen. Or the crooked yellow line down the center of the road. Or the stop sign installed upside down. Apparently, there’s a lot of people who can’t accomplish the one job required of them. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Titus 3:14

As the world watched, following a turbulent 18-day ordeal, the 12 Thai boys and their assistant coach have been safely rescued.

The boys and their coach, members of the Wild Boars soccer team, had been exploring the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. Suddenly rising waters trapped them. And for 9 days they were stranded without any food before rescuers located them. Continue reading

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