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Heroes: Those who Encourage!

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. This past week for our men's Tuesday morning Bible Study we were talking about heroes.Heroes from the Bible and also from our experiences of life.I asked the men the following questions: Is there a danger in having heroes? What should you look for in a hero? What do you do when they fail? Who a...

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The New Year: "Go out into the darkness!"

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. On Christmas Day, 1939, Britain's King George VI, the father of Elizabeth II, the current Queen, decided to do something he detested and speak publicly on the radio. He had a speech defect known as a stammer, but determined he would revive a custom his late father had started and bring an annual me...

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The New Year: "Go out into the darkness!"

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. On Christmas Day, 1939, Britain's King George VI, the father of Elizabeth II, the current Queen, decided to do something he detested and speak publicly on the radio. He had a speech defect known as a stammer, but determined he would revive a custom his late father had started and bring an annual me...

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The Word became Flesh

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. In my opinion, the most amazing event in all of history occurred at Christmas when the eternal second person of the Godhead, at a point in time became a man, assuming human flesh all the while never ceasing to be God. John in the opening of his gospel put it this way:"The Word became flesh" (John 1...

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Making Christ "first"

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. I absolutely love Christmas and always have. The kids are out of school, time off at work, a time for family and friends, a time for giving and receiving gifts and wonderful food!But that isnotthe reason.I love the fact that we can honor the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.It's a time t...

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Joseph - Unsung Hero

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. In my opinion, the unsung hero of the Christmas story is Joseph.Little is known about him, he never speaks in the recorded narrative, but he was clearly a godly, forgiving, compassionate man.The following story, told by Lynn Clayton, longtime editor of the Baptist message to another pastor, bears t...

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We Gather together

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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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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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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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