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    God’s Warm & Inviting Family

    True love has its origin in God. John said, Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love, 1 John 4:7-8. God is the very essence of love, and when we demonstrate our love we reveal to others that we belong to Him. Hatred, envy, wrath, and malice all have their origin in something other than God. God has never commanded such, and does not approve of such. If a person does not love, then a person does not have an acquaintance with…

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    Our Upcoming Trip to Colombia

    Greg Morrison, Collin Schofield, Jason Scofield, and I are looking forward to our trip to Colombia that begins next Sunday. This visit has been in the works for well over a year — maybe two years. Presently, Kettering Church of Christ assists in the support of nine men and their families who live across Colombia. We have had relationships with most of them for six years, while others we are just getting to know. Our preachers cover a wide range of ages and experience – some in the early years of service, while others have been laboring for a couple of decades or more. Two of them are fluent in…

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    God’s Ways Will Work for You

    Nelson Mandella once said, “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what is capable of living.” Every son or daughter of God is very capable of doing great things. Our potential for good is unlimited. God will equip you with the power to impact others and make your life a living testimony of His amazing grace. How about your spiritual life? Are you settling for mediocrity? Some seem to always struggle to live up to their potential. That sad reality does not have to be your own. God can stretch and grow you into a larger reflection…

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    Will You Pay the Price?

    Developing a spiritual life plan is important. With a plan, you have the ability to realize a greater amount of your potential, measure your success, and encourage others. Achieving anything requires a certain level of sacrifice.  Are you willing to invest what is necessary in order to accomplish your spiritual goals?  When it comes to spiritual growth and development, the New Testament is full of admonitions for spiritual discipline. One example is found in 1 Timothy 4.13-16. Paul urged Timothy to devote himself to Christianity. The action words in these verses are the keys to self discipline and the achievement of all our spiritual goals: “Devote yourself,” “Do not neglect,”…

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    God is Working in Us

    A fellow preacher and friend has said, we don’t come here because we are perfect people. We come here because we aren’t and God is working in us. If you are in Christ, God is at work helping you overcome sin and imperfection. Right now, He is actively working in your life to make you perfect. Paul said that God predetermined that those who love Him will be conformed to the image of Christ, Romans 8.28-30. If you love God, He has already decreed that you will be transformed to reflect Jesus. He is in the process of doing that right now. Each of us are at some point in…

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    Surviving Your Past

    If you could return to a previous time and get a chance for a “do-over,” what would you change? When asked, most people would like to change their past in some way. Maybe it would involve altering various decisions and choices, that we now know were a mistake. Maybe we would add some opportunities, eliminate tragedies, reduce hardships, or even remove a disease or death. Maybe we would change the way we were raised and the bad habits we’ve picked up along the way. The list of ways people would change the past could go on and on. None of us can change our past, however. Running or hiding our…

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    The Liberating Truth God Has Created for You

    I recently came across a transcript of a sermon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached during September 1956 in Birmingham, AL. King was 27. The Stanford University archive where I found his material says the Birmingham bus boycott had been going on for about 10 months. Pressure was beginning to mount. Critics charged that King was asking for too much and stirring up unnecessary trouble. Blacks believed that white people would never change and that the inherent racism in the state’s laws would perpetually remain in place. It would probably be easier to, …just give up.  King appealed on his listeners to draw from their resources of strength and hope.…

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    It’s Not About the Numbers

    On Facebook I recently mentioned some things about church growth where I preach.  It’s such a blessing to walk in every week and greet our guests that come by, spend time visiting and getting to know new people, and teach/encourage our members.  Our growth isn’t coming because we’re focusing on numbers.  It’s coming because people sense the atmosphere of warmth, expressed by love, care, and concern inside and OUTSIDE the building. Not just on Sunday … but throughout the week.  It’s coming because of our emphasis on strong preaching/teaching with purpose, planning, and relevance behind it. Our shepherds, deacons, and preachers are all committed to spiritual growth and development and…

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    The Waters Will Not Transgress His Command

    In Sunday’s sermon, I will point to a very interesting passage that talks about the boundary of the sea being set by God: I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it, Jeremiah 5.22. This is not the only passage that speaks on this matter.  Psalm 104:9: You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth. This references God’s work at creation, Genesis 1.9-10. The same is true for Solomon’s writing in: Proverbs 8.28b-29: He established the fountains…