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    What Brings Us Together?

    Of all the songs in the book of Revelation, not one is a solo… Strong Christians bear with the failings of the weak, choosing to place the needs of others over their own. We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves, Romans 15.1. As we walk with God, we should be committed to building the type of atmosphere where others can grow in Christ. This is much more important than our personal pleasure. We need to be careful about our lifestyle. Others are affected by the things we say and do. Each Christian needs to be concerned with…

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    Understanding Why You Have Been Saved

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. — Romans 8.28 “Good” refers to final glory. Everything in the Christian life is working toward your eternal glory. Note how we have been called according to His purpose, 8.28b. In 8.29, Paul defines God’s eternal purpose in our salvation. He explains why God is causing everything to work together for our glory. The purpose for our being saved is for us to be conformed to the image of Christ. God saved you to make you like Jesus. Conformed means “being in the same form with.”…

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    What to do When You’re Headed the Wrong Way

    The first step in making positive changes in your life begins with a decision to stop doing the things that are leading you in the wrong direction. While that may sound overly simplified, the power of denial is amazing. We all deal with this. You are not alone. As we begin the new year, what are some things you are trying to improve in your life? Maybe you need to: Get a handle on your finances. Become more fit and lead a healthy lifestyle. Work on strengthening your marriage and family life. Deal with recurring spiritual weakness and temptation. What decisions do you make on a daily basis that enhance…

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    The Power of Your Faith

    By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household,  — Hebrews 11.7  For just a moment, place yourself in Noah’s shoes. What an incredible challenge! Noah had no prior experience in ark building. It had never rained before. What would everyone else think while he labored to build an ark? Despite the challenges, Noah launched forth. Faith will find a way. God may be calling you to your own building project with which you have no prior experience. Or, He may be calling you to begin again something you’ve attempted many times before, but met…

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    Our Hope is Confirmed During Trials

    If you are going through a trial and being continually pounded by doubt, always remember that God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5.9. It is by this knowledge that we can encourage one another. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing, 5.11. I think Paul expounds on this in Romans 8. Shortly after the writing of this epistle, the Roman Christians would endure intense persecution. What is written in 8.31-39 would serve as a tremendous source of encouragement for Christians of all time. During trials of any sort, remember that: If…

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    Three Ways You Can Honor Your Family

    Let love be genuine. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. — Romans 12.9a-10. I think we’d all agree we need closer families, especially in this day and age. What are some things you can do to promote good feelings and more love in your home? Honor them with your time. Everyone is busy. In some families, kids have just as demanding schedules as their parents. Each member of the family must prioritize and set aside time to be together with each other. If not, everyone can become disconnected and relationships will suffer. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by eating a…

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    Thoughts and Prayers

    Your political agenda isn't what matters. God’s agenda of salvation is what is most important and may we never forget our need to set the example of class, dignity, and respect for life by our care, seasoned words, love, and compassion for others.

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    Live as a Citizen of the Kingdom

    There is so much to appreciate about our times of worship at Kettering. They are reverent, inspiring, and uplifting. I felt that way Wednesday evening after Jim Grushon prayed, specifically mentioning some of our older members by name and one of our shepherds who had surgery the next day. In his prayer, Jim spoke of the hope ungirding their lives because of their knowledge that this world is not their home. I think as we grow older that realization becomes a little more clear every day. This world is not our home. In Philippians 1.27 Paul wrote, …let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ. In…

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    So Much to be Thankful For

    Last week was definitely not a normal week in Dayton, Ohio. For most of us, Monday probably began like most Memorial Days do. It was a day off. We took time to remember those who have fallen in defending freedom. We celebrated with family and friends and may have enjoyed the afternoon at home or on the lake. But, for some of us, how Monday ended was very eventful to say the least. And because of that, life may not be the same ever again. The series of tornadoes that came through Montgomery and Greene counties affected at least seven of our families at Kettering. The amount and degree of…

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    Parenting: From This Side of Life

    Parenting: From This Side of Life I know many young parents may just pass off what I’m about to say, —  because my wife and I did — but, enjoy your kids while they’re home because it will all go by very fast. Maybe we dismissed that because it sounded like something our parents would say. But, here we are … in our mid 40’s with one gone and one ready to go. And, looking back — it did fly by, …the teen years especially. You may not be able to believe this now, but sometime over the next decade or two, you’ll be making remarks about how fast it…