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What would our Creator want us to do?

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. In 1947, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was meeting with Happy Chandler, the president of the National League of professional baseball. Rickey was talking about doing the unthinkable: bringing up to the major leagues a black baseball player named Jackie Robinson. Most of the major-league ow...

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A Father's Farewell Charge

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Today is Father's Day and as with this past Mother's Day, I'm going to give a message not just intended for the fathers in our church, but everyone present. At the beginning of the book of 1 Kings, the story opens with King David on his deathbed. Although he had managed to rouse himself long enough to appoint Solomon as his successor, David was still dying. Knowing tha...

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When I survey the Wondrous Cross

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. The principle symbol of our faith is the cross of Jesus Christ.Paul understood this and in his letter to the churches in Galatia wrote:"But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world"(Galatia...

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Praying for our New President

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I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day. Jeremiah 29 contains an instructive letter written to Hebrews who hadbeen taken captive by their enemies, and transplanted to the extremely pagan city of Babylon. God offers the following advice: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusale...

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Student or Victim

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I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the New Year. Every year brings with it challenges and difficulties. 2021 will be no different. The last year has had its share of ups and downs and the new year will have them as well. One of the most important lessons to learn is that when hard times come, be a student, not a victim. Sadly, some people go through li...

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IT’S NOT MY FAULT

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God thunders marvelously with His voice; he does great things we cannot comprehend. Job 37:5 NKJV Life can change in the blink of an eye. An unexpected life event or an external event can have major repercussions in our lives. Last fall my wife and I were involved in a traffic accident that was not my fault, yet I suffered severe consequences. I was driving on a divided h...

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On the other side?

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Dear Members and Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to our service this coming Lord's Day! Last Monday Connie and I went shopping at Costco. As I followed with the shopping cart I noticed 4 young men wearing black pants, white shirts and dark ties and name tags identifying them as Elders of the LDS Church. I was hoping to talk with them and pur...

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GOD USES THE BIBLE AND OUR EXPERIENCES

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Now when they had come and gathered together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:21. NKJV What a wonderful journey my life has been. Several years ago I finished Volume I of Mud Pies and Memories. As I reflected on what God had done, I recalled other examples of what God had done in my life; a f...

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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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Another New Year's Challenge #3

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday with Matt Wilder. During these first few weeks of the New Year I've been suggesting some New Year challenges. The first challenge was to move from being a victim of circumstances to being a learner about life. Two weeks ago I suggested the challenge of mastering a gos...

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