Excel in the Gifts That Build up the Church

Text: 1 Corinthians 14:12 – 20    Epiphany 5        February 10, 2019

So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.

  I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than then thousand words in a tongue.

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Who Do You Trust?

Text: John 2:1-11      Ephesians 2               January 20, 2019

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you. “

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The Matters of the Heart

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13      Epiphany 1           January 13, 2019

          The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

          But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.’

The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

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"In A Christmas Manger"

Text: Hebrews 2:10-18   Christmas     December 30, 2018

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who make men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,

“I will declare our name to my brothers;  in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

And again, “I will put my trust in him.”

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Listen to this Advent Voice

Text: Luke 3:1-6          Advent 2           December 9, 2018

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar – When Pontius Pilate was governor Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high priesthood Annas and Caiphas, the word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: 

“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’” 

Dear Christians,

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Watch and Pray

Text: Luke 21:25-36      Advent 1             December 2, 2018

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will begin anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these thing happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

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The Almighty King Comes For Us

Text: Revelation 1:4b-8         Christ the King        November 25, 2018

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us, and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

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Christ Will Appear a Second Time

Text: Hebrews 9:24-28      Last Judgment          November 11, 2018

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Dear Christians:

If you hit your thumb with hammer, it will hurt. If you are pregnant, you will have a baby. With certain actions, you get certain consequences that you simply cannot avoid.

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Marriage as God Intended It

Text: Genesis 2:18-24          Pentecost 20        October 7, 2018

Dear Christians,

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This is saying that we sometime use to point out the paradox of life. We know that life exists, but where does it originate? With the “chicken and egg” question, you know that both exist, and that each one produces the other, but both cannot happen at the same time. It seems like an unsolvable riddle.

However, any farmer would be able to tell you that if you want to get into raising chickens, you better have at least one rooster and one hen. Life is actually perpetuated from the sexual genders of male and female. Eliminate one of the genders and you will soon have an extinction of the species. This in turn brings about the next question: How did we get the different sexual genders for male and female in the first place?”

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Jesus for All and All for Jesus

Text: Mark 9:38-50           Pentecost 19            September 30, 2018

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, were ‘their worm does not die, and fire is not quenched.’ Everyone will salted with fire.

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