Evangelistic grace and boldness

When Paul instructs the Colossians about evangelism — and asks for them to pray for him in his gospel efforts as well — he encourages them to be wise and gracious in the way they both conduct themselves and speak.  It takes discernment to know when to speak the gospel and it takes prayerful preparation […]

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Anger and its Progression

Given the vast number of words that have been identified with anger in the Scriptures (someone has identified more than 500 terms that reflect a form of anger), this may be an overly simplistic overview of the topic.  But perhaps this provides you a good place to start thinking about what anger looks like and […]

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The believer’s hope

The true account of the death of the philosopher Socrates serves as a parable of the hopelessness of the world.  With the poison of hemlock already flowing through his veins and death momentarily awaiting him, one of his disciples leaned forward to him and whispered, “Master, shall we live again?” That’s an important question for […]

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The problem of emotions

Emotions are the whole-bodied (inner and outer man) response of a person’s values in and evaluations of given circumstances. [That’s a paraphrase from Brian Borgman.]  The problem of our emotions is that they have been skewed by the Adamic fall and curse.  They no longer operate righteously at all times.  They are sorrowful when they […]

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Day and night in the Bible

If you have ever needed to rid yourself of a few pounds, you know how your mind can be absorbed with thoughts about food while on a diet.  You wake up hungry.  You are hungry before meals, shortly after meals, and at bed.  When you aren’t engaged in a task, your mind wanders to the […]

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Sermon: Help Me!

  Help Me!Psalm 119:145-152January 23, 2022 I know some of y’all enjoy hiking and camping.  But serious hiking is not for everyone.  Several years ago, the staff of the Bridger Wilderness in the Tetons released some of the comments taken after people had concluded their hikes.  Here are a few samples: Trails need to be […]

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Sermon: Living in Our Changing Unchanging World

Living in Our Changing Unchanging World2 Timothy 3:1-17January 16, 2022 In December Canada passed bill C-4 that outlawed what is called “Conversion Therapy” or “Reparative Therapy” for counselors.  The bill became Canadian law eight days ago, on January 8.  Conversion Therapy is a practice where people with homosexual desires and actions are re-oriented and “converted” […]

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Counseling and first impressions

You only have one opportunity to make a first impression.  Bad first impressions can be corrected, strengthened, or supplemented so that initial miscues aren’t lasting failures. As first impressions go, Job’s friends were masterful.  When Job’s tragic circumstances became known, his friends came immediately to be with him (Job 2:11).  No delay, no mental hesitation, […]

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How To “Excel Still More”

Jesus said that the way for the world to know that we are followers of Him is to love one another (Jn. 13:34-35). A dominant theme of the “one anothers” in the New Testament was that the individual believers have a mutual love and care for one another (Rom. 12:10; 13:8; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:2; […]

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Books we recommended last year

Every month, our church promotes a book of the month — a resource we believe will help our church body grow in Christ. Here is the list of books we recommended in 2020 (this morning we recommended Ken Sande’s book, Peacemaking for Families): December 2021 – Heart and Habits, by Greg Gifford October – November […]

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Sermon: Excel Still More

  Excel Still More1 Thessalonians 4:9-12January 2, 2022 I have been asked many times (most often by visitors), “What is your vision for the church?” I haven’t always known how to answer that question. Sometimes that question implies other things like, “How big do you see the church being in five years? Ten years?” “What […]

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