The Hard Work of Sanctification

As believers we cannot expect a life of ease; in fact, we should anticipate a life of labor.  We labor to serve one another in the church.  We labor to disciple and discipline our children well.  We labor to cultivate and develop our spiritual gifts.  We labor not to sin — to control our personal […]

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You need perseverance

Near the end of his life, John Calvin suffered from tuberculosis. In his weakened condition his doctors urged him to rest and adopt a slower pace in his work. He refused, saying, “Bear with me, that God will find me watching and busy at His work until my last sigh.” So the doctors and his […]

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Sermon: Abide in Christ

Abide in Christ 1 John 2:28-29 October 6, 2013 One of the hardest things in life is perseverance.  Sticking with a project.  Not quitting. That’s true of the spiritual life as well.  It’s easy to want to quit.  Life circumstances pile up on us and we become heavy-hearted and weary.  It’s not that we’re overtly […]

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Running with endurance

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1b; NASB) File this under strange, but true (and a little funny).  The following statements were taken from registration sheets and comment cards returned to the staff of the Bridger Wilderness area: Trails need to be wider so people can walk holding […]

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There are many adversaries

My family and I are on vacation in the mountains this week.  One of the things we’ve been doing most days is taking hikes up and down the hills in our area.  We start at around 7500 feet (where our accommodations are) and go up.  And down.  And up again.  And down for a while.  […]

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Be steadfast

I like baseball.  I have for as long as I can remember.  I’ve suffered through four decades of mediocre baseball following my favorite team, the Texas Rangers, before they qualified twice for the World Series (without, alas, the victor’s rings).  I’ve acquired thousands and thousands of baseball cards.  I still reach first for the sports […]

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