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DOUBTFUL THINGS

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Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22, NKJV) The Bethlehem Steel coke oven plant served as our chemical engineering laboratory. It was a typical cold and snowy winter near Buffalo, New York. When the weather improved, several of us decided to visit Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side. As we came to customs at the border, the agent asked the driver Bill to...

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Next Week’s Message Jesus Paid it All Colossians 2:13-15

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All of us are in some form of financial debt. We all owe money, either on a car or a home, a student loan, or something of the sort. Although it can be burdensome, most of us can at least see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are energized by the hope that one day it will be paid in full and we will receive from our creditors a piece of paper releasing us from any fu...

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Reconciliation

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. In last week's article I mentioned that Connie and I have been watching the 7 part PBS special on the Civil War by Ken Burns. Last night we watched the final episode. I'm not sure I've ever watched anything as sad as seeing our nation so divided and where more than 500...

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AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

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Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house.(2 Kings 5:9, NKJV) What a coincidence? How many times have we used this simple phrase. We as believers in God's infinite power and wisdom believe He's also in control of everything in our lives. I recall one time at work we had conflicting travel plans. My supervisor and I needed to ...

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A Love Letter on Valentines Day

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. At the suggestion of my son David, Connie and I are watching the 9 part TV series on the Civil War by Ken Burns that was on PBS. It is very revealing and also depressing! It is hard to imagine the suffering and death of so many men on both sides of the war. I bel...

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Next Week’s Message Your Money or Your Life Luke 16:1-13

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Jesus raises a very practical question in the parable he told in Luke 16. The question that He raised was simply this: What are you going to do with the money God gives you? That question is important on a number of fronts not the least of which is this: If we do not master our money by using it for the glory of God, then it will master us, and we will end up bankrupt fo...

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Jesus, Jews, and Jet Lag

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In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them" (Psalm, 139:16) I was saved when I was about nine years old at a Christian camp near Goiania, Brazil. I know that because I distinctly remember sharing the gospel with one of the kids whose father was a handyman at the camp. He had not attended the previous...

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Find your spiritual gift and put it to use.

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Another Suggestion for 2020! Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. We are 5 full weeks into the New Year. During the first few weeks of 2020 I made a few suggestions for making the New Year better. Those suggestions were:#1 Move from being a victim of circumstances to being a learner about life....

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Next Week’s Message Hosea: Love Story

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Fifty years ago the most popular and successful movie was based on Erich Segal's book "Love Story." The book tells the story of a wealthy Harvard University law student named Oliver Barrett IV who meets Jenny Cavilleri, a middle-class girl who is studying music at Radcliffe College. It's love at first sight. The young couple marries, Oliver finds a jobat a legal firm in ...

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Next Week’s Message Paul’s Concluding Arguments Galatians 6:11-18

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Next Sunday we bring to a close our long and methodical journey through the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians. 29 messages ago, one Sunday shy of one year (2/22/2019) we began our study of this marvelous letter. It's been an exciting trip. The topic of God's grace has been dealt with so forcefully and effectively in this book that one cannot escape the overwhelming truth ...

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An Important Reminder

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday Last Sunday basketball great Kobe Bryant was killed along with his 13 year old daughter and 7 others in a helicopter crash. They were traveling by air to his daughter's basketball game at the "Mamba Academy" when the helicopter crashed into the mountain side. The cause of the ac...

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