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9/11 Anniversary

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. I love anniversaries.I love reflecting on events that happened years earlier.Some of them can be painful; like the 20 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, others are joyful; my 7-year-old grandson Nico Hornok was born on September 11, 2014. 68 years ago an article appeared in the Sal...

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Praying for the Persecuted

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. No one can deny that in the wake of our withdrawal of remaining American troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban retaking cities previously liberated from their barbaric tyranny, the country has slipped back beneath the dark waters of fear and oppression. Today, the Taliban are armed to the teeth ...

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There is a Fountain Filled with Blood"

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This Sunday as we continue looking at the back story of some of the great hymns of our faith and their scriptural bases for those hymns; today we focused on "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood". There is no greater or more eternally important theme in all of Scripture than that of the shed blood of the sacrificial substitute. For example, when Paul writes in Romans 3...

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Pat Chambers

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. This past Tuesday August 24th, in Bridgeton, NJ we buried Connie's 95 year old mother, Pat Chambers. For the past 48 years she was my mother-in-law.The memorial service was a fitting tribute to a wonderful, Godly woman, who I had no difficulty calling "Mom" and grew to love.Our entire family put as...

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Our Unique Roads

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Recently I read about a young lady named Amanda Coker, 24, who over the course of a year rode her bike the equivalentof almost four times around the Earth.From May 15, 2016, to May 14, 2017, Coker rode 86,500 miles; setting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a year. The old record, se...

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Patiently Waiting for Death

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Connie and I are in South Carolina at Connie's sisters house.Yesterday, was Connie's Mom, Pat Chambers', 95thbirthday.We gathered around her bed and sang happy birthday.Not sure she was aware what was going on because she is dying.The hospice nurse has said she could depart this life at any moment....

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Death's Default

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. The first week of August never passes without reminding me that 13 years ago (August 3, 2008) my father passed away and went to heaven.Seven years later (November 28, 2015) my mother joined Dad.As I get older I've become increasingly more conscious of death.I hope no one will think of that as a mor...

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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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