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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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Side Effects

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. If you have attended MBC in person or watched on line you've noticed me moving slowly and using a cane.I had a MRI that showed that I have spinal stenosis which causes me to lose all feeling in my legs.The cause is vertebra in my lower back which are degenerating and compressing the nerves that go ...

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The Negative Cost of Caring!

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Earlier today I heard a report on the local news about a condition I'd never before heard of:Compassion Fatigue.The news cast reported this condition in conjunction with the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued our country now for almost two years.The report focused on those who are on the front line...

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The Negative Cost of Caring!

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Earlier today I heard a report on the local news about a condition I'd never before heard of:Compassion Fatigue.The news cast reported this condition in conjunction with the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued our country now for almost two years.The report focused on those who are on the front line...

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God's Sovereign Control

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Few things are more controversial among Christians than the sovereignty of God. The issue is simply this: Is God truly sovereign (in control and supreme) over everything, including calamity, natural disasters, death, and demons, or is his sovereign control restricted to those things we typically r...

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Misplaced Priorities

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. At times my head wants to explode because of where we're headed and the reasoning of people.A perfect case in point is an article that appeared in the September 21 issues of USA Today written by Nancy Armour.The headline said it all:"Threat to Roe is a threat to women's sports." In other words, wom...

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Christian Warfare

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. General Dwight Eisenhower once said (source unknown), "War is a terrible thing. But if you're going to get into it, you've got to get into it all the way." I believe that many Christians are defeated in their Christian lives because they are notseriouslyengaged in the warfare to which we are calle...

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Junk and Judgment

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Joel Eidsness is the pastor of Walnut Hill community Church in Bethel, Connecticut.He decided to take his seven year old daughter on an unusual date.They visited the town dump. Backing his Oldsmobile up against the mound of refuse, he placed his daughter on the roof, and with pencil and paper, they...

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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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