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Encouraged by George Mueller

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“…The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 I am spending a few weeks preaching on the model prayer from the Sermon on the Mount. Seldom is the time I teach on prayer that I am not reminded of George Mueller. Mueller was an evangelist who lived in the 1800’s. He is widely remembered for his work with orphans ...

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A Good Act and A Bad Motive

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“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 I am fully capable of turning a “would-be righteous act” into a perverse exhibition of my own self-centeredness. Case in point…. A number of years ago, a friend of mine ...

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He Lives

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…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.7 Then he appeared to James, the...

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Happy International Women's Day

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Some countries have held similar observances for over a century. However, in 1975 the United Nations invited countries around the world to recognize March 8 of each year to raise awareness for women’s rights. This year, the day was marked by proclamations, protests, and praise all around the world. I want to use the occa...

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Redeemed To Life

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“In him we have redemption…” Ephesians 1:7 Norma McCorvey died this last week. Her name might not be very recognizable to you, but Mrs. McCorvey was the plaintiff in the most significant lawsuit in our nation’s history: Roe vs Wade. She was the young woman who was known initially by the alias “Jane Roe”. At the age of 22, she became th...

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Coming Out

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"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel..." Romans 1:16 In the last half century, the phrase “coming out of the closet” has been adopted by the homosexual community to describe the act of making their sexual preference public knowledge. However, prior to that, the phrase was simply used to describe anything private that was being made known public. It is likely ba...

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So Far As It Depends On You

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If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 Every now and then I come across a subject thats significance has not stood out to me before. This happened recently as I was studying the Beatitudes. Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” As I studied further, I found there are a number...

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What Does It Mean To Me?

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“…your word is truth.” John 17:17 Our country is in the process of confirming a new Supreme Court justice. As the process proceeds over the next few weeks, you may become aware of the chasm that exists within our government over exactly how the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted. If you will bear with me, I want to give a VERY simpl...

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What Is A Fact?

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“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 ...

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Inauguration Day

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Today, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president on the United States. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of American democracy. Watching an outgoing President sit in support of someone new taking the office is a much different experience than...

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