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Coping

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's day. People are coping with the current crisis in differing ways, most of which are only making matters worse. I have long held the belief that the best way to manage the anxiety and fears that arise from earthly chaos is by meditating on the peace and blessings ...

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DISRUPTED TASKS

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Submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21, NKJV) Even after our 58 years of marriage, life threw us some curves for which we tried to prepare but there were noticeable differences. To prepare us for these unexpected twists my wife and I developed a pattern of mutual submission (Ephesians 5:21) based on our God-given skills, abilities, and natural talen...

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CHANGED

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Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that we have been freely given to us by God.(1 Corinthians 2:12, NKJV) When God enters our lives, we're changed by His grace, even if we don't think it worked. One day some friends invited a student nurse to a camp meeting in the suburbs. Wavering but not wanti...

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The Bible

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trustyou are doing well and looking forward to the this coming Lord's Day At the 1939 World's Fair in New York a time capsule was buried. As you might imagine, a lot of thought went into choosing which items to include that would best represent life at that time in history. Only one book was included in the capsule-the Bible! ...

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INCUBATION TIME

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Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19b, NKJV) We're all different, and at times our special quirks can give the perception we're indifferent or not very responsive. However it is these special quirks or behaviors which make us who we are. I have always been slow to speak, often to the frustration of others who expect immediate responses...

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Judging Appearances

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trustyou are doing well and looking forward to this comingLord's Day - as we meet via the internet! John Barrier went to his bank in Spokane, Washington wearing his usual shabby clothes and driving his old, beat up pickup truck. Parking in the Old National Bank parking lot he went in and paid a quick visit to his broker and cashed...

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LET’S ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

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And he (Josiah) set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of the LORD. (2 Chronicles 35:2, NKJV) When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? In times of trouble and despair, do you have friends you can trust and turn to for guidance? Each day I learn of people pummeled by put downs, conquered by criticisms, and egged on by egos...

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Marriage

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trustyou are doing well and looking forward to this comingLord's Day. Forty-seven years ago this coming Monday, Connie and I were married in Bridgeton, New Jersey at the Berachah Bible Baptist Church. My Dad performed the ceremony and Connie's pastor gave the charge. Since that time I've officiated at many wedding ceremonies and a...

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NO UNIMPORTANT TASKS

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I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10b, NKJV) God loves us all, no matter how rich, poor, educated or uneducated we are. He sent Jesus to die for all of us, no exceptions. This reminds me when I was a boy in Massachusetts, the small Swedish church I attended held a celebratory service in honor of the chur...

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Face to Face

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trustyou are doing well and looking forward to this comingLord's Day. I'm getting weary of not seeing people. Phone calls, emails, cards, texts are no substitute for a face to face meeting with people. For that reason, I'm looking forward to us opening up soon. When that will be is unknown,but we are working on it. As I was think...

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BY THE RULES

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And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:5, NKJV) We all have to live by the rules. God gave us His 10 commandments for us to live by them. However we also have to live and abide by rules set by our elected officials. In athletic competitions one has to play by the rules. I became painfully aware o...

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Forgiving

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trustyou are doing well and looking forward to this comingLord's Day. In Dale Galloway's book,"You Can Win with Love", he tells a story about John D. Rockefeller, the man who built the great standard oil empire. Rockefeller was a man who demanded high performance from his company executives. One day, one of the executives made a two m...

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LESSONS FROM MOHS SURGERY

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But the fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV) Our lives are full of lessons, in my case; this particular lesson has to do with skin cancer and parenting. Within the last year I had two cancers on my face which required Mohs surgery. One was on my left cheek and the other was behind my left ear. Because of these critical locations, my dermatologist r...

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Before it's too late!

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day. Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham. Besides being a well-known author and speaker, she is also a keen observer of contemporary events. A few years back she served as the honorary Chair for the National Day of Prayer. This is part of what she...

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BITE-SIZED PRAYER TO BEGIN EACH DAY

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My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. (Psalm 5:3, NKJV) What is your morning routine or your daily process? For me it begins with my breakfast, in the morning I eat my breakfast in smaller, bite-sized chunks, to avoid getting indigestion. Similarly when my prayer life created spiritual overload for an o...

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Reaping Great Rewards!

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day Dr. John Ed Mathiston was the pastor of Frazier Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. A number of years ago he told his congregation the following story: about kindness. "Not long ago, a man from the Middle East walked into a new car showroom an...

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THANKSGIVING IN PRAYER

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In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV God has an interesting way of convicting us, and His timing is always perfect and impeccable. One day during my daily prayer time, I was convicted about the lack of thanksgiving in my prayer life. This was such a powerful moment the only thing I could think of ...

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Demonstrating Love

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day For centuries the Middle East has been a place of horrible wars and brutality as Muslims and Christians have clashed. More than a century ago a Muslim enemy soldier chased a Christian woman and her brother until he cornered them. He mercilessly shot the brother and...

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Showing Kindness

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Showing kindness to others can come back to be a blessing to us. I was reminded of that truth this past week when I read the following story: When believers in Holland learned that the Nazi troops were systematically raiding the orphanages and taking Jewish children out, and then sending them to their deaths in the concentration camps of Europe, brave Dutch men would ...

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A PROLONGED ILLNESS

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Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. (John 5:5, NKJV) Despair, desperation, anxiety, pain, suffering, sorrow, uncertainty, when we are faced with a long term situation, or long term illnesses these emotions at different times manifest themselves in our live's, but they need not. My mother became ill when I was in junior high and her debilit...

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Witnessing

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day - as we meet via the internet! Several years ago while in the waiting room of a doctor's office a girl was talking on her cell phone. She was 5 feet away, talking loud enough for me to hear her, so I was not eaves-dropping. I only heard one side of the conversation, ...

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The Foundation For Choices!

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well, staying safe and healthy and ready to celebrate Resurrection Sunday! It is neither melodramatic or hyperbolic to say that everything we are as Christians, everything we own, everything we've done or hope to do hangs suspended on one fact of history: Whether or not Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead. The deci...

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Today's Message - An Easter like No Other!

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Luke 24: 13-35 This Sunday is Easter. We've never had an Easter like this one! Churches are closed and people are unable to meet. Restaurants are empty and all that is available is "take out." Easter dresses and special clothes remain in the closets. Years from now when this pandemic is over, people will look back and say, "Do you remember when the COVID-19 pandemic shut...

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Today's Message - BIG GOD vs. little god Number 13 & 14

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Before entering into the land God had promised to the Nation of Israel, Moses sent into the land 12 men to spy out the land. Two brought back a favorable report saying the land could be taken while 10 brought back a report that said the land was unconquerable. The two who gave a favorable report are two of the truly great heroes of the Old Testament: Joshua and Caleb. W...

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COVID-19 & A MESSAGE OF HOPE!

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, In the last four weeks, our world has changed dramatically with the spread of COVID-19. The question on many folk's minds is this: When will a vaccine be found to protect us from this terrible virus? I'm confident, given the fact that the entire health care and scientific community around the world is focused on potential treatments and ...

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LESSONS FROM A PAPER ROUTE

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If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10b, NKJV) How many of us still remember our 1st job? I certainly do, when I was in junior high, I began my first job delivering news papers. I didn't earn much money as a news paper delivery boy, but I did learn valuable lessons. The job did not interfere with my schooling, provided me needed exercise, an...

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This Week's Message - How to Handle a Crisis

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3 misconceptions about the Coronavirus Pandemic; 1 - This problem will be over quickly - probably not. Life is going to be different for some time to come 2. This has never happened before - NO - pandemics have happened in the past and are even found in the Bible 3. This will increase the number of deaths - No - we are all going to die. We are all under the penalty of...

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Heaven

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, This morning after spending some time at the church, Connie and I visited Jo Harris who is just days away from heaven. She sat there on the couch with her head down, in obvious pain. Connie asked, "What are you thinking about?" She said: "Heaven!" During this difficult time let's remember the words of Paul from Colossians: Since, then,...

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Important information regarding the Coronavirus (Covid19)

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Urgent notification about the Coronavirus, Covid19....

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God's Sustaining Presence!

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday and the Bible Conference with Arnold Fruchtenbaum and Jacques Gabizon. Ever since I was a little boy, our family used the devotional booklet "Our Daily Bread" for family devotions. Following the evening meal, or breakfast on the weekend, Dad would read the scripture passage and th...

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Next Week’s Message God’s Call of Gideon Judges 6

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During our study we will see God’s transformation of Gideon! And here’s what’s encouraging: What God did for Gideon, he can do for us. ...

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Jesus Paid it All

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Dear Friends,Welcome to Midvalley Bible Church. We are always grateful to be able to meet on the Lord's Day, to fellowship with one another, to sing God's praise and to hear God's Word. This morning as part of our worship celebration, we gather to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary.Have you noticed that we live in a love starved world? Maybe, you have p...

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Next Week’s Message Safe and Secure John 10:22-30

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Among Evangelicals, the security of the believer is not a settled issue. Good people differ on the issue. The question is simply this: Can a born-again, justified by faith, adopted child of God ever lose their salvation? Or as others have expressed it, is it possible for a born-again, justified by faith, adopted child of God to forfeit their salvation by fully and finall...

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Prophecy

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. During the 1992 Presidential Election, Presidential Candidate, Bill Clinton had played at every rally and the Democrat Convention, as his theme song, Fleetwood Mac song "Don't Stop." His rallying cry was simply this:Don't stop thinking about tomorrow.That advice is applicable t...

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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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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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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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A WORK IN PROGRESS

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But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.(2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV) How many times have we heard this phrase, "Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet." Even as an octogenarian, I recognize I am a work in progress! During my e...

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A Sad and Tragic Anniversary

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday.January 22, 1973, is the day that our Supreme Court gave their decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a legal option. This past week marked the 47th anniversary of that sad and tragic decision. Many people who were already born celebrated that heinous decision as a victory for...

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Next Week’s Message The Inevitable Laws of Harvest Galatians 6:7

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One of the most popular falsehoods of our times is that we can do whatever we want without ever being held accountable for what we have done. That is a lie! It is a lie that I can do as I please and become spiritual later. It is a lie, wrote the Scotsman's John Brown, "that a man may attain ultimate happiness without living a spiritual life." Make no mistake about it -...

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East vs. West

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As Christians living in the western world, are we aware of what happens outside of our western culture? Do we understand what it means to be a christian in the rest of the world?...

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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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Next Week’s Message Relating to One Another through the Spirit Galatians 6:1-6

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Everyone seems to be interested in spirituality these days, but no one seems to agree on what it means. Both outside and inside the church there is widespread confusion. Inside the church people find their spirituality in private, contemplative devotion and begin to practice those disciplines. Others find spirituality in the context of public worship that includes ancien...

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MY HEART CHRIST’S HOME REVISITED

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That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:17a, NKJV) This was not just another beautiful conference grounds in rural Massachusetts when I attended an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Bible Conference in the 1950s. I didn't know at the time, but this conference was different. The speaker introduced us to a booklet by Boyd Munger titled My Heart Chr...

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FINANCIAL WISDOM

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For God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7b, NKJV) Are we good stewards of what God has given us? Throughout my life I've received good financial advice. In particular from my father; He had a degree in business and he made sure I understood and practiced sound economic principles. I grew up in the Great Depression when money and just about everything else was sca...

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Next Week’s Message Restoring a Fallen Brother Galatians 6:1-6

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Following the all-important passage about life in the Spirit, Paul begins his final chapter with a focus on the practical. In it, he says nothing about signs and wonders, and he does not go into detail about spiritual gifts. He talks about how the community of faith operates when the Spirit is leading. Life in the Spirit involves healthy relationships within the body o...

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I CAN’T DO IT ALL BY MYSELF

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For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you. (Titus 1:5, NKJV) Why do we think we can do everything ourselves? Do we not trust our team members? As the Engineering Design and Analysis Supervisor in the solid propulsion industry, I realized I couldn't do projects includin...

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A New Year's Challenge

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the New Year. Every year brings with it challenges and difficulties. 2020 will be no different. 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 life as professional victims, always talking about how th...

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Next Week’s Message Crucify the Flesh & Live by the Spirit Galatians 5:24-26

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Before we move on to the final chapter of the book of Galatians, we need to look at the last 3 verses of chapter 5. Paul has reminded his Christian readers that all of us are engaged in mortal combat with the flesh. The desires of the regenerate nature are waging war against the passions of the sinful nature. In this war there can be no truce. Paul closes out this sectio...

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TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT

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What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8b, NIV) My lovely wife, who is also a registered nurse, had a serious operation on her back a while back. After the surgery and when she left the hospital, I became responsible for her post-operative care. I'm not a nurse nor do I have the basic knowledge to be ...

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Are you ready?

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day. Imagine a nationwide evangelistic campaign that invites tens of millions to an outreach event who would not ordinarily attend. Imagine a campaign that for the most part, others do the advertising for you. Imagine having tens of thousands of churches participati...

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THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

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He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1, KJV) From this Bible verse Elisabeth Elliot chose the title Shadow of the Almighty for a book that profoundly affected my life. She compiled a biography in 1958 of her husband, a missionary to the Indian tribes of Ecuador. You may remember the movie "End of the...

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Dear God, help us all!

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Do we have a recovery plan for when we make major mistakes? Aren't you glad God doesn't make mistakes?...

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HUNGER FOR THE BIBLE

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How hungry are we for God's word? Do we feed our souls with God's Word?...

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A HEART CONDITION

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Do we take care of our heart, both physically and spiritually?...

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Next Week’s Message Fruit that’s Always in Season Part 4 - Galatians 5:18

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What is good Fruit? We all know how to tell a good apple from a bad apple, but can do the same with the Word of God? Can we recognize when a bad fruit is presented?...

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Giving up our Rights!

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As followers of Christ, how do we handle ourselves when the world and those around as attack us for our believes and our faith?...

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LESSONS FROM BACON

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Oh, the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!(Romans 11:33a, NKJV) It was a normal day, just like any other days, but today I asked myself, "How can I explore the surface of the unfathomable wisdom and knowledge of God?" I used the advice I gleaned from Francis Bacon, a 16th century scientist, statesman, and author. He asserted, "Reading makes a fu...

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Thanksgiving

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day. This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. A valuable lesson to learn is this:Essential to personal magnetism is Thanksgiving. Hans Seyle, the famous stress researcher claims that one attitude that influences the quality of everyday life more than any other i...

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BALANCING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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Does The Bible contradict its self? Why do some sections appear to be going against what was previously written? How can we reconcile what may seem contradictory?...

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The Curves of Life!

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How do we deal with adversity and the ups and downs of life, says a lot about our relationship !with God...

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A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

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Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. (Malachi 3:16, NKJV) Gazing at the actuarial charts, I realized that at age 83 the fact is that my projected life span was short. I've been blessed with a full and frutfiul life...

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The Simplicity of the Gospel!

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Telling other's about God's love is not hard, because God's love is not hard to understand. He loves us so much He gave up his only Son to die for us and our sins and all we have to do is believe and accept the gift of salvation....

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MY TOP TEN ON REACHING 80 YEARS

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The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. (Moses- Psalm 90:10 KJV) Yes, it's true you only turn 80 once. For my turn, my wife and friends threw me a great celebration for my 80th birthday. Since they urged me to share some memories, I...

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Helping the Hurting

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Do we love our pastor;s who lead us in our daily lives or do we believe they're not really "working: or what they do is not considered real work....

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Next Week’s Message Rest for Weary Souls Matthew 11:28

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Life is incredibly difficult! We all face it daily. The issues can be overwhelmingly complex and challenging. Many today are asking: Is there any hope? Can I find rest for my weary and tired soul? Next Sunday we want to share with you the incredible invitation Jesus makes to help us all find relief. He said: Come tome, all who labor and areheavy laden, and I will give ...

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MY TIME MANAGEMENT JOURNEY

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Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 NIV) One day one of my friends told me, "Jim, you are the most organized person I know." I should have been elated, or at least satisfied, yet I felt something was lacking. Although I had taken numerous time management courses and attempted to apply those principles to my life, and after ...

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The Key to Evangelism

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How do we share the gospel with others? What is the key to being a good evangelist? How can we share the gospel without fear and apprehension?...

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PASS IT ON

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Telling the generations to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. (Psalm 78:4 NKJV) I know we all hear and have heard many comments regarding our younger generations, such as "The world is going downhill rapidly. The present generation is on a destructive path." The media complex, the new explosion of social media accent...

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A New Heart

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day. Seventy-six years ago last Tuesday, October 15, 1943, Chaplain J. D. Tolleson prepared a Bible Study for sailors who wanted to spend their Friday night studying the Bible and being with other Christians. At that time, the US was at war with both Japan and Germany and many of t...

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Next Week’s Message John Huss and the Reformation

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Apart from our Lord's death and resurrection, the single greatest event in my opinion was the protestant Reformation. One of the most colorful figures of that movement was John Knox. His impact on church history is still felt around the world. The real story of Knox surpasses the best fiction novels. Next Sunday, five hundred years after his death we will examine his...

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Setbacks

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How do we recover from set backs or errors in our life? Do we see them as failures or opportunities for a new clean start?...

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Next Week’s Message The Sinful Nature’s Acts Galatians 5:19-21

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What does it mean to walk in the Spirit? How do we walk in the Spirit? What does it look like to walk in the Spirit?...

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REMOVING THE CANCER OF SIN

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If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV) Similar to sin, cancer affects millions of people around the world. Compared top cancer, there us a cure for our sin, but not for cancer. Recently I was diagnosed with the worst form of skin cancer- melanoma. My cancer appeared as a little e...

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Next Week’s Message The Witnesses God Uses John 4:27-42

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Are we being good witnesses of God's love? How do we witness to those around us?...

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Who made it?

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Who created the universe? What about the big bang? Where do we come from?...

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GOD’S GYM

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We all try to keep healthy and via physical activity, but what are we doing to exercise our Spiritual condition?...

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Generosity

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Do we know how to give? Do we know what is like to give generous? What can we learn from what Jesus gave for us?...

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Next Week’s Message The Deeds of the Flesh Galatians 5:19-21

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How do we deal with our earthly desires, and not our Spiritual needs?...

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THE SLIDE SHOW

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When we leave the room, do those left behind are they happy we left? When we meet others what type of impression are we making? Do we project our love of Christ?...

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Next Week’s Message Walking by the Spirit Galatians 5:16-18

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What does it mean to be free in Christ?...

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Outward Appearances

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Do we judge others by how they look or do we bother to talk to them first and then decide how to treat them? Are we too quick to judge other by how they look?...

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A TRANSFORMATION IN MY PRAYER LIFE

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When we pray, do we focus on God or our needs? Do we pout Him first or last? ...

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True Friends

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What is a true friend? What makes a good or a true friend? ...

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Next Week’s Message - Using Freedom Responsibly Galatians 5:13-15

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The acid test of mature Christianity is not how much liberty one exercises, but rather how much love one exhibits. Before you think that sounds too pious, stop and read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 or Romans 14:13-21 or 1 Peter 2:16-17. Again and again in Scripture, we are exhorted to guard against two extremes uncontrolled expressions of liberty and unbending demands of leg...

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THE GEOMETRY STUDENT

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Are you self-confident? Do you mentor others? Are you willing to help those in need?...

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Next Week’s Message Running the Race of Freedom Galatians 5:7-12

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Are we eligible to run the race with Christ? In ancient Greece, athletes had to be Greek citizens to be eligible to compete in the games, are we citizens of God to run His race?...

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Intentional Evangelists

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How do we invite our friends to church? What if they don't want to come? What if they think I'm a right wing nut?...

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REST STOP NEEDED

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In our daily busy lives, do we know when we need to stop and rest? Do we recognize our need for a pause? Do we keep going no matter the costs, to ourselves, our families and our loved ones?...

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Next Week’s Message Christ has set us Free! Galatians 5:1-6

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Why did Jesus have to die for us? Is it true his death paid for my sins?...

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The only explanation: GOD!

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Can science explain the true origins of all, including humans and animals alike? Did we really evolve over millions of years to become the complex personalities and people we are? What about a creator is there evidence pointing toward or away from one single creator or God?...

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BALANCING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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How do we balance our Christian life, and our daily life? According to the world, our christian life and daily life don't mix or go together, but we know different, they are both one and the same....

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Next Week’s Message: What happened when the disciples believed the Resurrection of Christ - Part 2

Next Sunday we are thrilled to have filling the pulpit, our former Pastor, Ken Hornok. Ken is no stranger to us here at Midvalley and we are blessed that he and Marcia have made MBC there church home in retirement. Ken and Marcia faithfully served MBC for 39 years have been married for over 51 years. Ken is an avid hunter, biker and gardener and he and Marcia are kept busy...

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How to Listen to a Sermon?

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Do you truly listen to your pastor? Do you think being a pastor is a real job? Did you know, you show respect to your pastor by listening and paying attention when they preach?...

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ANGEL DELIVERER

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We've all heard the phrase, it must of been an Angel. Do we really believe in God and his messenger's the angels? If we believe in angels why then can't believe in God?...

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Lessons from Billy Graham

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What is our legacy? Do we truly believe what we preach?...

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LESSON FROM A NIGERIAN WATER TOWER

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Do you like to plan things out or do you just fix things as they come up? What is your preference, plan of just wing it?...

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Next Week's Message - Abiding and Bearing Fruit- John 15: 1-11

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Are we similar to vine or fruit on a branch? Why did Jesus use this visual and example? What was He trying to tell his disciples and us know in our present day?...

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Don't Stop Going to Church

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Why do we go to church? What happens if we stop attending church services?...

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THE BAILING BUCKET

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When we pray, do we want God to answer in our time frame or His?...

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The Master Shipbuilder

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What do we do when bad things happen? What do we do when violence erupts, like with the most recent shootings? Life doesn't always make sense. But we need to continue to trust the Master Shipbuilder of our lives....

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Next Week’s Message: The Importance of God’s Word 1 Kings 13

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What is the most important ting in your Christian life? ...

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AN OVERWHELMING TIME

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How do we deal with the daily demands of family, work, church, God, family, and everything else?...

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Pay it Forward

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What are we doing with our blessings? Do we try to help others or do we keep it all to ourselves?...

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A KNOCK AT OUR BEDROOM DOOR

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How do we handle interruptions? Do we recognize them as opportunities, or do we deem them be a bother?...

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Next Week’s Message: A Tolerated Sin 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

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Do you know what pleases God? Do we do things to please God or ourselves?...

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Remembering "Pioneers"

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Let's all remember those who came before, and those who sacrificed their time and effort to being the truth of the Gospel to Utah....

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THE SOLAR SYSTEM

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How was the universe created? Did the Big Bang really happen? How does the Sun never burn up?...

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Next Week’s Message: When God’s says “No” 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

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Why does God say not to our prayers and petitions? Isn't He a just and loving God?...

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Being Ignored

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Do we know how to recognize those who are being ignored by society? Do we truly treat others with the same love God treat us?...

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DRIVEN BY SCHEDULES

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Do you set goals and achieve them? Are you driven by your goals or do you drive to achieve your goals? Is your calendar so full, you need to set time for you and your family?...

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Next Week’s Message: Two Mothers, Two Sons, Two Covenants Galatians 4:21-31

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Are we redeemed by faith alone? What about The Law given to Moses? Are we saved by grace also?...

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THE DEADLINE

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What happens if we missed a deadline at work? Do we understand the complication and consequences of missed deadlines and the effect they have on others?...

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Failure's Recipe: Overconfidence

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Are you confident or over-confident? Do you know the difference? Would you be able to determine what makes you confident or over-confident?...

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GREATER IS HE

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Do you ever feel as if you're a going from one bad situation to another? What do you in these situations? Do you trust God is in control? ...

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JAR OF JELLY

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What makes a good manager? How can we become good stewards?...

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Next Week’s Message: The Purpose of the Law

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If God loves us, why did He give us the Law through Moses?...

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Marriage

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7 guidelines to help keep a marriage Godly, happy and fulfilled....

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A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Do we at times take for granted the little things our loved ones do for us? ...

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Next Week’s Message: A Model for Hurting Fathers Luke 15:11-32

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Happy father's day. Do we love our Heavenly father as much as He loves us?...

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THE FIRST KISS

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My wife and I made a commitment to share our fist kiss during our wedding, Thank God for his strength and his honor, we did share our first kiss during our wedding....

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Running the Race

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Are you running the right race? Are you on the right track?...

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ONE FOGGY NIGHT

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I will seek the one I love. (Song of Solomon 3:2 NKJV) Ealry on in my carrer I worked the evening shift in a chemical engineering plant in Wilmington, Delaware. During this time I was also courting Pauline, who became my wife, I know, I am a romantic! and one night she borrowed my car and was going to pick me up when my shift was done. A deep fog had settled over the ar...

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Next Week’s Message: A Portrait of Christ Revelation 1

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Filling our pulpit next Sunday, in the absence of Pastor Doug, is our former Pastor Ken Hornok. Ken served MBC for 39 years until his retirement in 2013. Under Ken's leadership MBC moved from their first building in Murray to Midvale and eventually to our current campus here in Bluffdale. Ken is a gifted Bible teacher and preacher and we are thrilled that he and his...

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Next Week’s Message: Rescued, Redeemed and Forgiven

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The Christians in the region of Galatia were under attack by false teachers. Paul, whofounded these churches and led these first century Christians to faith is making adetailed defense of the gospel in his letter to them. In chapter 3 Paul is "neck deep" inhis detailed argument that we are saved justified before God and given the HolySpirit by faith and not by works...

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Open the Box/Book!

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Have we opened God's gifts? Do you know what God has in-store for you? ...

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Next Week’s Message: God’s Promise before the Law

We need to be grounded in God;s Word so we are deceived by false teachings. Our beliefs are under attack, and so are we!...

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Knowing the Bible can Save your Life!

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This is not a trivial question but a real, has consequences question, how well do you know The Bible?...

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Remember those in Prison

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We live in a free country, where the rule of law is present, correct? But do we really believe this? Aren't our rights slowly being removed, via code words, like hate speech? Let;s us be forever vigilant to make sure we remain free!...

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Next Week's Message - The Old Rugged Cross Galatians 3:1-14

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Can I earn my salvation by doing good deeds or works? Some will have us believe we need to do certain jobs or works to earn salvation, but God through Jesus, gave it to us as a gift. WE are redeemed by the old rugged cross!...

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A FELLOWSHIP FREEZE

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Why do we go to church? Is it to pass the time or to be part of the body of Christ?...

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Next Week’s Message: Ruth: An Exemplary Woman

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Talk about strong women, The Book of Ruth is a story of love, redemption and of God's everlasting grace, shown through the eyes of a young woman who was a widow, poor and a foreigner....

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Depths of Sin

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Are we aware of our salvation and forgiveness? Do we recognize Jesus' sacrifice for us and His complete and total forgiveness?...

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Next Week’s Message: Father Abraham Had Many Sons... Galatians 3:6-9

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There are may churches but only one True God and Gospel, are we able to discern and tell the difference?...

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Dedication and Forgiveness

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God calls us to forgive our transgressors, can we forgive those who hurt us? Can we forgive the person who hurt one of our loved ones?...

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Next Week's Message: Extreme Makeover - Colossians 1:21-22

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Are you ready for a extreme makeover? Will you let God remake you in his image? Are you ready to be transformed in a way you could never imagine?...

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UNFINISHED CONSTRUCTION

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In God we are complete, without him, we are unfinished....

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The Empty Tomb's Impact

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He is Risen! Jesus is alive and the tomb is empty. ...

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It starts with a small seed

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Did you know the mustard seed is one of the smallest if not the smallest seed, yet when it blossoms and fully grows a huge tree now stands....

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GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN

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All things work together for good to those who love God. (Romans 8:28 NKJV) As a high school senior I had my heart set on an engineering career as my future goal. I had passed and met all the academic requirements for a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. The only thing I needed to do was pass the physical. I had an excellent chance for a full scholarship, f...

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AN ETERNAL LIFE AND DEATH DECISION

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Is my salvation free? Can I help my salvation by being good and doing good deeds? What I don't believe in God, but I am still a good person, can my good works and deeds save me?...

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Heaven's Roll Call

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Is your name inscribed in the book of life? If you meet Jesus, will your name be in the roll?...

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Next Week’s Message: Up from the Grave He Arose!

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Next week is Resurrection Sunday, cone joins and let's celebrate The Risen Savior, Jesus Christ....

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LESSONS FROM MUD PIES

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We are a product of our life experiences, what can one learn from making mud pies as a child? Read more to find out!...

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Next Week's Message- Justified by Faith Alone Galatians 2:15-16

Dear Friends, Living the Christian life is simple. It's not easy, but God has made it uncomplicated for us. We have only two possible ways we can go. We can either walk by the Spirit or we will carry out the desires of the flesh. There is no middle ground; no neutral position we can take. Every person who places their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation has the...

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It Never Happened!

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Justification, What does this mean for me that I've been justified by Jesus' sacrifice? ...

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