Archive for January, 2009

On Purpose! The Church vs. The Individual

Friday, January 30th, 2009

   God has given us responsibilities to be fulfilled individually, within our families, and collectively as a congregation.   Before we get into any depth, the question being addressed in this article basically is, “Can the church do anything the individual can?” Some want to further refine the question by qualifying it, “Can the church do […]

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Wonders from the Word – Not the Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Not The Prayer of Jabez   This is not about the prayer of Jabez, but rather the pray-er Jabez.  This is about the man.  What can we learn about him – the pray-er, by looking at his prayer?   1 Chronicles 4:10 NASB  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You […]

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On Purpose! No, No, No

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

No, No, No!   Did you hear about the little fellow in kindergarten who thought his name was, “Johnny Don’t!”   Don’t, don’t, don’t; No, No, No!   Those might be the most frequently said words in homes – especially homes with small children and teenagers.  And with today’s permissive parents, I doubt it’s said enough!   […]

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Wonders from the Word – A Most Powerful Weapon (Matthew 4:3)

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Going away for college, while backing out of the driveway, my mother gave me the following advice – “Don’t forget what your name is!”  Either my mother thought that I scored even worse on my SAT scores than I actually had done, or else she was giving some very sound advice.  I’ll give her – […]

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Wonders from the Word – The Classifieds (Genesis 4:17-24)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

I have a wild imagination.  It serves me well…usually.  My mind can’t help but wonder about the story behind the story.  I keep asking “why” which keeps the story real, especially when reading the Bible.  But before going there, do you ever find reading the classifieds interesting?  For example, one classified read, “Wedding Dress – […]

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On Purpose! A Noun That Is A Verb (Hebrews 11)

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Faith is….  How would you describe faith?  Faith Is…trusting that God will save us.  Faith saves.  That is the point of Hebrews 11.  But what is the faith that saves?  We might be surprised, and not very much like what faith is.  Faith Is…accepting what God says because God says it, not because we understand […]

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Wonders from the Word – Resolutions (Ecclesiastes 5)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

I resolve this year to resolve this year not to resolve this year to resolve this year.  If I got all of my negatives negating properly, I think I said that I promise not to promise.   The New Year is the time for resolutions.  To me, resolutions are usually as useless as the calendar […]

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