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Prepare Him Room

The coming of promised Messiah had been anticipated for thousands of years. Prophecies foretold the coming of the Savior of the world. Factions and movements were formed just to prepare for His coming. His birth would be so important that it would split history into B.C. and A.D. In fact, your birthday is dated in…

Overwhelmed

We’ve all got limitations. Our lives, no matter how we hate it, have capacity issues. There’s only so much you can do, so much time and energy you have. We often find ourselves stressed, worried, anxious, confused, maybe all of the above. We worry about our next paycheck, our diet, or our grades? The bills,…

An Attitude of Gratitude

There is much to admire about the “company of plain Englishmen” who disembarked from the Mayflower almost four centuries ago. They were men and women who exhibited enormous courage in the face of unspeakable hardship and loss. They loved their children, they loved the body of Christ, and they abandoned everything that was familiar to…

“EKKLESIA” CALLED OUT BY CHRIST

It’s not often that I pull out the Greek in a sermon title, but this Sunday will be an exception. Ekklesia is a Greek word used to describe the church throughout the New Testament. It’s the word Jesus used when He said, “… upon this rock I will build my church” (Mt 16:18). It’s the word found in…

Pushing Forward

There were 40,000 fans on-hand in the Oakland stadium when Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock’s career stolen-base record. According to USA Today, Brock, who had left baseball in 1979, followed Henderson’s career and was excited about his success. Realizing that the ball player would set a new record, Brock said, “I’ll be there. Do you think I’m…

Equipped to Serve

The story is told that during the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small, defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions but making no attempt to help them. Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized,…

Communicate the Message

In April 2009 the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported that  “unchurched” is the fastest growing religious group in America. Over sixteen percent of those surveyed belonged to no church and did not identify with any religious group, and that number has grown substantially since then.  The number of churches that close each year…

Waiting on GOD

I was reading the other day about a bumper crop of apples that had been reported in the upper Midwest. In several locations, no one had ever seen such a harvest. The article explained that during the spring of the year before, there was a late frost that froze all of the apple blossoms in…

This One Thing

When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song, tenor Luciano Pavarotti relates. He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled in a teachers college. On…

Wise or Foolish; it’s our Choice!

Several years ago, the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” was reopened to the public, after having been closed for more than a decade. During that time, engineers completed a $25 million renovation project designed to stabilize the tower. They removed 110 tons of soil and reduced its famous lean by about 16 inches. This was necessary because…