What If Your Christmas Season Is Not-So-Merry?

As a pastor I hear so many heartbreaking stories about families that struggle during the holidays.  Many are due to years of bitterness and unresolved issues that have been left to fester and become toxic.  Some of you may be part of such a family.  You may be asking yourself, “how can we

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Love/Hate Relationship

Upcoming Sermon Series: “Love/Hate Relationship” November 16th – 30th We are accurate and truthful when we say with boldness, “God is Love”!  However, in the church I am afraid we have failed to remind this generation that while God is love, He also has the capacity to hate. He hates

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Effectual Doers

This title may seem weird, but it was planted deeply in my mind as I studied the book of James several years ago.  In my devotion time I came across this phrase coined by Church Swindoll (one of my all-time favorite teacher/preachers).  “But be doers of the word, and not

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Life Lessons from A _____________ Guy

Bruce Willis, The Rock, Mr. Clean, Dr. Evil, Patrick Stewart, John Quincy Adams, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Harden and Charles Barkley…what do they all have in common?  Some of you wanted to say, “they are all handsome” especially when you saw Robert Harden on the list (see online church directory

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Your Last Nerve

“That person is getting on my last nerve.” Has that thought ever crossed your mind or your lip?  If not… you must live in cave and have no contact with other humans.  All of us interact with difficult people on a daily basis.  These interactions test our patience, faith and

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I Triple Dog Dare You

Triple-dog-dare…. An issued triple-dog-dare has no counteraction and must be implemented and/or carried out. Ever seen the movie “A Christmas Story”? Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb! Schwartz: That’s ’cause you know it’ll stick! Flick: You’re full of it! Schwartz: Oh yeah? Flick:

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We are Charismatic

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 There are several different ways in which individuals, churches and denominations view spiritual gifts.  Below is a brief description

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What is a Spiritual Gift?

When we come to 1 Corinthians 12-14 we see that Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthian Church had a proper understanding about spiritual gifts. The church at Corinth desperately needed instruction on this topic, and so do we. Notice verse 1 of chapter 12: “Now about spiritual gifts,

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New Life

Last night as I was coaching my son’s baseball Team, I was reminded of a great lesson on Jesus’ grace.  I had a kid with two strikes and he swung at the ball and fouled it off.  When I was young and that happened to me I can still hear

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