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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Christmas carols will always be everyone's favorite holiday songspartly because there are so many good ones, and partly because we sing them for almost a whole month at the "most wonderful time of the year." Easter hymns are not far behind. But what about Thanksgiving hymns? Most of the traditiona...

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Forgiven: A Reason for Thanksgiving

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As we enter the Holiday Season, we will depart from our current study on 1st Timothy and will begin a new series of sermons focusing on the upcoming Holidays. He should have known better. He never should have stayed at home alone while his army was fighting in the field. He never should have lingered late at night on his rooftop. He never should have set his eyes on tha...

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Overload

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the things you need to get done, and discouraged by all the things you probably won't? Almost every day, right? I've felt that way a number of times recently. I felt overloaded when I look at my office both here at the church and at home that is in disarray.I f...

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Slaves and Masters - A Biblical Perspective

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At the time the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy, half of the population of the Roman Empire - about sixty million people- were slaves. Many of them had been taken as prisoners of war by the Roman legions. Some were taken away out of their own countries, while others were kept captive within their own lands. Some slaves were highly educated, literate men a...

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Illusions - Living and Dying Well

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. This past week (Tuesday Friday) Connie and I attended a pastor's retreat sponsored by the Jackson Hole Bible College.We've been able to attend for the past 8 years and it is always a refreshing, encouraging, and learning experience.This year there was a great deal of discussion on the church's res...

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Illusions

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. In last Sunday's message, I made reference to the fact that I grew up watching the TV program Perry Mason.I also watched the old Andy Griffith Show.For 8 seasons from 1960 to 1968,Andy Griffith was the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a fictional community of around 4,000 people.There were 259 ...

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Trusted in Life and Death

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This Sunday we are blessed to have Scott Stripling, Ph.D. with us. Scott will sharewith us five examples of illumination from the biblical text and remind us that God's Word can be trusted in life and in death. Scott has been the Director of Excavations and Chief Archaeologist at Ancient Shiloh from 2017 to the present. Prior to that, he directed the excavations at Khi...

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PSALM 119: A PSALM OF THE WORD OF GOD

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Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105 KJV). We all know Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm and also the longest chapter in The Bible. Psalm 119 has 176 verses, and almost every verse mentions God's word. Let's examine these verses and meditate on how they describe what the Word of God does. Cleanse (v. 9) Not wander (v. 10) Not sin (v. 11...

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Celebrate Halloween!

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. I hate scary movies.Connie will bear this out.Scary movies really do a number on my ever-so-fragile psyche. I refuse to watch them. Truth be told, they ought not bother me because writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, and others are imagining how things would be in this world if Go...

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Halloween or Hallowed Eve?

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This Sunday is Halloween and many will be celebrating it. It has become an event with parties, costumes, kids having fun and the ever famous trick or treat. But how did it all start, where did it start? Today we remember Reformation Sunday, let's not forget God is our Lord.In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints.Soon, A...

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