With every memory, giving thanks

The New Testament both exhorts its readers to give thanks and exemplifies the giving of thanks. Gratitude is a common attribute of the sanctified believer (in part because it is so unlike the natural man).  Of all the things that might be said about giving thanks, I want to draw attention to two characteristics of […]

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When threatened with persecution

Injustice, suffering, and persecution are normal and will happen in this world. That doesn’t mean persecution is right; but it does mean that nothing unusual has happened when someone is ostracized, condemned, persecuted, or even martyred for having faith in Christ. To be a follower of Christ is to live with the expectation that one […]

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Sermon: Choosing to Live by Faith

Choosing to Live by FaithHebrews 11:23-26May 29, 2022 In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz tells of a trip to his local moderately sized grocery store. He found 285 varieties of cookies, 13 sports drinks, 65 box drinks, 85 kids’ juices, 75 iced teas, 95 types of chips and pretzels, 15 kinds of bottled water, […]

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One more…

I have seen the headlines of the shooting in Uvalde yesterday. I have not read the stories. I started to read one article.  But I closed the web page. My heart couldn’t take it.  I started to cry.  “Lord…Lord…how many more?  How much longer until You return and make all things right?” I have not […]

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They said it better than me: Death

Yesterday, I wrote about thinking about death. Today I offer some quotations from others who have spoken biblically and wisely about death: “The question is not whether we will die, but whether we will die in a way that bears much fruit.” (John Piper, Filling up the Afflictions of Christ) “Death is a threat to […]

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Thinking about death

A few months after I became a pastor, a funeral home called me and asked if I would do a funeral service for a woman whose family did not have a relationship with a church in our community.  I agreed and went to meet with the family to talk about the service. They wanted one […]

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Sermon: Blessings and Dying Words

Blessings and Dying WordsHebrews 11:20-22May 8, 2022 The legacy of people’s final words is fascinating.  What were the final words and thoughts on people’s minds as they departed this life for eternal life (or eternal death)?  These words are significant because death is the ultimate enemy of all men.  There are more harsh and less […]

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Remember God’s Promises

  Trials are regular and normal.  Disappointment is inevitable.  Failure is common.  One skeptic rightly noted, “In times like these it’s good to remember that there have always been times like these.”  If we expect a trouble-free life, we will never be satisfied. However, the goal in life is not to avoid trouble and trial, […]

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Sermon: A Test of Faith

A Test of FaithHebrews 11:17-19May 1, 2022   More than 30 years ago, I walked out of a classroom and building, and crossed the street to head to the school-owned apartment in which Raye Jeanne and I lived.  It was a pleasant early May day, with bright sunshine and moderate temperature.  As I crossed the […]

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