Monthly Archive: November 2014

Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so blessed.  I hope you have a great thanksgiving holiday!  Thank you for reading Life in the Kingdom and for your encouragement.

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Nov 20

The Blank Bible

A church member who worked in the book industry gave me this Bible last night. It looks completely normal from the outside.  But every page is completely blank on the inside.  The publisher made a mistake in the printing. As I was showing Ryan, our youth minister this Bible, it hit us that many could …

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Nov 18

Let Others Wear their Mourning Garments This Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching.  For the dominant culture it is welcomed and anticipated as the “most wonderful time of the year.”  Yet, for many it is a time they have been dreading.  The calendar is marked off not with anticipation, but with anxiety and fear.  They wonder how they will get through the holidays.  If …

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Nov 16

Our Trip to the Creation Museum

This past week we went to the Cincinnati area for a vacation with my parents.  We left Sunday after worship and drove to Petersburg, KY.  We planned to visit the Creation Museum on Monday.  But Caleb, our 2 year old, had different plans.  He got sick with a stomach bug and we were up with …

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Nov 13

Heaven: It is not about the What, but the Who!

This past Sunday I was scheduled to preach on “What will heaven be like?”  As I began preparing for this study.  I wanted to focus on some texts besides Revelation 21-22.  Revelation 21-22 are a highly symbolic description of heaven, that should not be stretched beyond the context of Revelation.  As I began to study …

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Nov 06

Austin’s First Sermon

Austin turned 10 yesterday on November 5th.  We are proud of the young man he is becoming.  He gave his first sermon on Tuesday of this week.  Austin has been leading prayers, reading scripture, and leading songs for years, but after last month’s nursing home devos I encouraged him to deliver the lesson. He was …

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Nov 02

The Best Analysis of Our Current Religious World

Read these five conclusions from a recent study by Christian Smith, a scholar from North Carolina University. A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions. …

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