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July 4th Weekend

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. During this past long July 4thweekend I want to say without apology: I love America.I am unashamedly patriotic.I get teary eyed at patriotic events.I stand proudly when the national anthem is sung and respect greatly the men and women who defend this nation.I will fly the flag proudly at our home t...

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Render to Caesar what is Caesar's

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This Sunday July 4th we will celebrate our nation's birthday. 245 years ago this Sunday the signers of the Declaration of Independence met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and declared themselves a free nation. Their actions led to war, and to many they are considered to be God fearing men, men of honor and integrity and to others, bad men, who owned slaves, and were no b...

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GOD OF THE MOUNTAINS AND GOD OF THE RIVERS

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Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha(2 Kings 6:17b, NKJV) In our younger days my wife and I loved to hike the mountains of Utah with our sons. We were now ready to attempt the Angel's Landing hike in Zion National Park. The trail contained switchbacks. We sweltered in the summer heat. As we neared the peak, chains guarded us from...

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Never give up Hope

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Earlier this week in Surfside, Florida, in the middle of the night, the Champlain Towers South collapsed without warning.As of this writing more than 159 people remain unaccounted for.Rescue workers are painstakingly going through the rubble looking for survivors.The 12 story beach side of the buil...

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What Jesus Thinks of Commercialized Religion

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Today we focused on the role of God in the Church. There are many religions and churches out there, some are truthful to the Gospel and others offer salvation at a price. What would Jesus think of those churches that offer salvation in exchange for your money, your possessions, but never preach the Gospel of Salvation through faith in Christ alone! In John 2 Jesus goes ...

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THE RIGHT FIT

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Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia, Luke in Rome, Tychicus to Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:10-11, NKJV) What is the first thing we do when we buy new shoes? We make sure they fit, that they are not big or tight on our feet. We don't want to be walking around in shoes that either too small or too big, we want to make sure they are the right fit. This reminded of a time duri...

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Inheritance

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Forty eight years ago last Tuesday, Connie and I were married in Bridgeton, New Jersey at the Beracah Bible Baptist Church.Connie was gone on our anniversary, visiting her mother in South Carolina, along with our daughter Darci and her 5 chldren, so we will celebrate this coming week. My Dad perfor...

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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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CHEAP SKATE

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There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword (Proverbs 12:18a, NKJV) All of us at one point in our lives will be faced with a tough decision, do we do the right thing, do we obey our parents, or do we do the wrong thing. I still recall one summer day when three of us were playing catch with a softball near a wooded area of a Boy Scout Summer Camp. We were enjoyin...

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Inheritance

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Dear Friends, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. Last week I read the sad story of Cathy Boone who died in January 2020 in a warming shelter after living on the streets of the city of Astoria, contending with drug and mental health issues.Boone grew up in thePortland area and later moved to Astoria, where her mother lived after her parents had se...

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