May 2016 archive

May 26

Are We Making Good Use of Our Freedom?

Our freedoms have not come without a cost! John Quincy Adams who was President from 1825-29 said this . . . “Posterity–you will never know how much it has cost my generation to persevere your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it.”   What would he think now? Consider that word “cost” …

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May 22

5 Steps to Ensure You Don’t Have an Affair

To listen to the sermon preached on this topic please visit this link. Also, these points are not original to me, but were a collection of thoughts gained from others.

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May 20

Where Beautiful Feet Stood

I enjoy history and often reflect on history when thinking about the present and future.  I have an unusual wall display in my office.  Here it is:   This piece has hung on my wall since soon after moving to the 7 Oaks building.  I cut this hardwood section of flooring from behind the pulpit …

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May 17

I was Blind, but Now I See

The former blind man who had been healed by Jesus famously stated, “I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25). I have not gone through quite as radical of change, but one that is pretty radical with my own vision.  I have had poor eyesight all of my life.  I started out wearing thick …

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May 13

We are Failing to Protect Our Most Prized Possession

On Friday, May 13th, President Obama is sending out a letter to schools with the support of education leaders instructing all school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.  Districts could face issues with federal funding if they refuse to comply. You can read about it in this news article …

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May 11

Church Leadership and Marriage Survey

I am speaking this August at Polishing the Pulpit on church leadership and marriage.  I would like as many church leaders and their WIVES too to fill out this survey.  It is for all ministers, youth ministers, elders, deacons, and their wives.  It only takes a few minutes.  I would appreciate your help in sharing …

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May 10

The Challenge to Live in God’s Will

I have been studying James 4 again.  As I worked through translating it with a couple of friends and prepared sermons on the passage I have been struck with an overall theme of submitting to God.  Previously, I had focused on the specific instructions and practical advice given.  Things like warnings against worldliness, the need …

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May 07

Calling to Remembrance Memories of Mom

I am excited about this year’s Mother’s Day sermon taken from 2 Timothy 1:3-10.  Most of us have fond memories of our mothers and what they mean to us.  In this passage, Paul is talking to his son in the faith, Timothy, about his mother and her influence.  He also speaks to Timothy about what …

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May 06

How Would America React Now?

America waited in tremendous anxiety for any news from the frontline.  It was June 6, 1944 and the invasion of Europe had begun.  How would America react?  Would their be celebration and excitement? The nation turned to God in prayer! This is a fascinating story that is often unknown from our history.  One of our …

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May 05

Your Generation’s Faith May Delay God’s Judgment

America is growing more wicked! It is likely that judgment may come to this once great nation in the future.  I am not a doomsday prophet, or one who seeks to be overly dramatic.  But the sins of America will have consequences.  The more we flaunt our sin before a holy God, turning our backs …

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