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August 12, 2014, 12:00 PM

When the Command is GO!

Genesis 12: 1-9

In the book, What Good is God?, author Phillip Yancey tells the story of Stephen Alfred - a believer he met in India.  Yancey writes:  "[Stephen] had studied in England, married an English woman, and built up a thriving surgery practice until one night he had a kind of vision. He heard God ask him three questions: Why did I make you Indian? Why did I make you good? What are you <read more>

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August 4, 2014, 4:18 PM

Help for Hurry Sickness

Genesis 11:1-9                                                                                                                                                    

When did we ever get so busy?

Many of us suffer from what Meyer Friedman called "Hurry Sickness."  In his book, Treating Type A Behavior-and Your Heart, he defines it as "a continuous struggle … to accomplish or achieve more and more things or participate in more and more events in less and less time.”

How do you know if you have it?  Here is some of the items on his self-test:

     - If the person equal distance in the line next to you at the grocery store leaves the store while you're still in line, you feel depressed.

     -  If you don't get three phone calls and lunch completed during your short trip in the car, you don't feel accomplished.

     -  If you speak sharp words to your spouse <read more>

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July 29, 2014, 9:17 AM

1 Day Shy of 50

Philippians 4:4

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!"

Always?  Even on the eve of your 50th birthday?  Absolutely.  You won't see me behind drawn curtains tomorrow.  I will face 50 with both eyes open.  I will celebrate, rejoice in, embrace and be grateful for 50 years on this planet.  Yes, tomorrow I will find myself on the back 9 of my life and though I can't say that I don't hope for my game to improve... walking this course has been invigorating.

I wish to thank every one of my family and friends <read more>

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July 28, 2014, 1:04 PM

What Came Out of the Ark

Genesis 9:22-29; 10

"What are my kids going to end up like?" Don't you wish you could answer that question?  Or maybe not.  I have met many parents as a pastor that looked at what happened to their children and feel such shame.  If only they had gone to church more... or had gone to church less... or had read the Bible to them more... or went to more parenting seminars.  The guilt is immense.

But I've met and talked with enough black sheep to know that it often has not a thing to do with how they were parented. <read more>

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July 21, 2014, 12:00 PM

What Every Rainbow Says to Us

Genesis 9:1-17

Three moms that lived through the pain of watching their sons drift away from God, wrote a book in 2002 called: Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them. One of the moms, named Heather Kopp, wrote about her wayward son, Noah.  Her son had to submit to weekly drug testing to keep off of drugs. He didn't seem to know who he was or where he was going… particularly in the spiritual realm. Heather wrote: “Once your baby—no matter how old he is—is lost, so are you.”

She then tells a story of an event that gave her some hope in the midst of the lost state she found herself:   "One recent night I asked Noah how it went the night before.  He said it was okay. Except for the part where everybody else got high before the movie and then again after the movie while he waited outside the car.  I told him I was sorry. And I was proud of him.  “But God spoke to me,” he announced.  <read more>

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