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Jul 25, 2021
Jonah: More Than a Fish Story
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  • Jul 25, 2021Jonah: More Than a Fish Story
    Jul 25, 2021
    Jonah: More Than a Fish Story
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  • Jul 18, 2021How Do I Live This Life Paul Has Described in Chapter 3?
    Jul 18, 2021
    How Do I Live This Life Paul Has Described in Chapter 3?
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    Colossians 4:2-6

    Further Instructions

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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  • Jul 4, 2021The Truth About Salvation
    Jul 4, 2021
    The Truth About Salvation
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    1 Corinthians 15:1-8

    The Resurrection of Christ

    15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[1] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

    For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6315058
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  • Jun 27, 2021The Truth About Today’s Key Cultural Issues
    Jun 27, 2021
    The Truth About Today’s Key Cultural Issues
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  • Jun 20, 2021The Truth About The Church
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    The Truth About The Church
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  • Jun 13, 2021God’s Word is Truth
    Jun 13, 2021
    God’s Word is Truth
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  • May 9, 2021Children’s Most Important Spiritual Influences
    May 9, 2021
    Children’s Most Important Spiritual Influences
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    Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[1] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

    Footnotes:

    1. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone

    Ephesians 6:4

     
    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
     
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  • May 2, 2021Do You Need to Grow Spiritually? (Part 2)
    May 2, 2021
    Do You Need to Grow Spiritually? (Part 2)
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    Philippians 3:12-14

    Straining Toward the Goal

    12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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  • Apr 25, 2021Do You Need to Grow Spiritually?
    Apr 25, 2021
    Do You Need to Grow Spiritually?
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    Philippians 3:12-16

    Straining Toward the Goal

    12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
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  • Apr 18, 2021Let’s Be Clear
    Apr 18, 2021
    Let’s Be Clear
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    Philippians 3:1-11

    Righteousness Through Faith in Christ

    Finally, my brothers,[1] rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

    Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God[2] and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,[3] blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 1317
    2. Philippians 3:3 Some manuscripts God in spirit
    3. Philippians 3:6 Greek in the law
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  • Apr 11, 2021What You Need To Know About God
    Apr 11, 2021
    What You Need To Know About God
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    Exodus 34:6-7

    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[1] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Exodus 34:7 Or to the thousandth generation
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  • Apr 4, 2021Responding to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    Apr 4, 2021
    Responding to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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    Matthew 28

    The Resurrection

    28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[1] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

    The Report of the Guard

    11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

    The Great Commission

    16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[2] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 28:6 Some manuscripts the Lord
    2. Matthew 28:19 Or into
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  • Mar 28, 2021Role Models for Faithful Christian Living
    Mar 28, 2021
    Role Models for Faithful Christian Living
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    Philippians 2:19-30

    Timothy and Epaphroditus

    19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's[1] proven worth, how as a son[2] with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died[3] for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:22 Greek his
    2. Philippians 2:22 Greek child
    3. Philippians 2:30 Or he drew near to the point of death; compare verse 8
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  • Mar 21, 2021If Jesus is Our Lord…
    Mar 21, 2021
    If Jesus is Our Lord…
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    Philippians 2:12-18

    Lights in the World

    12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
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  • Mar 14, 2021The Costs and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 2)
    Mar 14, 2021
    The Costs and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 2)
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    Philippians 2:5-11

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[2] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[3] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
    2. Philippians 2:6 Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
    3. Philippians 2:7 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
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  • Mar 7, 2021The Cost and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 1)
    Mar 7, 2021
    The Cost and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 1)
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    Philippians 2:5-8

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[2] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[3] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
    2. Philippians 2:6 Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
    3. Philippians 2:7 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
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  • Feb 28, 2021Living Like a Church Family (Part 2)
    Feb 28, 2021
    Living Like a Church Family (Part 2)
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    Philippians 2:1-4

    Christ's Example of Humility

    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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  • Feb 21, 2021Living Like a Church Family (Part 1)
    Feb 21, 2021
    Living Like a Church Family (Part 1)
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    Philippians 2:1-4

    Christ's Example of Humility

    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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  • Feb 14, 2021Living Like a Christian
    Feb 14, 2021
    Living Like a Christian
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    Philippians 1:27-30

    27 Only let your manner of life be worthy[1] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 1:27 Greek Only behave as citizens worthy
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  • Feb 7, 2021What Brings You Joy (Part II)
    Feb 7, 2021
    What Brings You Joy (Part II)
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    Philippians 1:18-26

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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  • Jan 31, 2021What Brings You Joy
    Jan 31, 2021
    What Brings You Joy
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    Philippians 1:18-26

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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  • Jan 24, 2021Rejoice Over How God is Working in Your Life
    Jan 24, 2021
    Rejoice Over How God is Working in Your Life
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    Philippians 1:18-20

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
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  • Jan 17, 2021What Do You Pray For?
    Jan 17, 2021
    What Do You Pray For?
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    Philippians 1:9-11

    And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
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  • Jan 10, 2021Making the Best of a Bad Situation
    Jan 10, 2021
    Making the Best of a Bad Situation
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    Philippians 1:1-18

    Greeting

    Paul and Timothy, servants[1] of Christ Jesus,

    To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers[2] and deacons:[3] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thanksgiving and Prayer

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,[4] both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

    The Advance of the Gospel

    12 I want you to know, brothers,[5] that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard[6] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word[7] without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice,

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
    2. Philippians 1:1 Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
    3. Philippians 1:1 Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi
    4. Philippians 1:7 Or you all have fellowship with me in grace
    5. Philippians 1:12 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14
    6. Philippians 1:13 Greek in the whole praetorium
    7. Philippians 1:14 Some manuscripts add of God
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  • Jan 3, 2021The One Thing We Can Be Confident About in 2021
    Jan 3, 2021
    The One Thing We Can Be Confident About in 2021
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    Philippians 1:6

    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
  • Dec 27, 20202021 Stimulus Plan
    Dec 27, 2020
    2021 Stimulus Plan
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    2 Kings 4:1-7

    Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
  • Dec 20, 2020Experiencing Peace on Earth This Christmas
    Dec 20, 2020
    Experiencing Peace on Earth This Christmas
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    Luke 2:14

    14 “Glory to God in the highest,     and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[1]

    Footnotes:

    1. Luke 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men
  • Dec 13, 2020Merry Christmas Pickens 2020- God’s Story
    Dec 13, 2020
    Merry Christmas Pickens 2020- God’s Story
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  • Dec 6, 2020The Love of God
    Dec 6, 2020
    The Love of God
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  • Nov 29, 2020The Path of Discipleship
    Nov 29, 2020
    The Path of Discipleship
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    Mark 8:34-36

    34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life[1] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

    Footnotes:

    1. Mark 8:35 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37
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  • Nov 22, 2020Thank God for His Goodness
    Nov 22, 2020
    Thank God for His Goodness
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  • Nov 15, 2020Returning to Our First Love
    Nov 15, 2020
    Returning to Our First Love
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    Revelation 2:1-7

    To the Church in Ephesus

    “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

    “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
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  • Nov 8, 2020Our Christian Duty to Our Government’s Leaders (Part 1)
    Nov 8, 2020
    Our Christian Duty to Our Government’s Leaders (Part 1)
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    1 Timothy 2:1-5

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[aChrist Jesus,
  • Nov 1, 2020Average Man
    Nov 1, 2020
    Average Man
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    John 1:35-42

    Jesus Calls the First Disciples

    35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[1] 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[2] was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter[3]).

    Footnotes:

    1. John 1:39 That is, about 4 p.m.
    2. John 1:40 Greek him
    3. John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively
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  • Oct 25, 2020Living As People of Grace and Truth
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    John 1:14-17

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[1] from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[2] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    Footnotes:

    1. John 1:14 Or only One, or unique One
    2. John 1:16 Or grace in place of grace
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  • Oct 18, 2020Giving Our Best
    Oct 18, 2020
    Giving Our Best
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    2 Timothy 4:6-8

    For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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  • Oct 11, 2020Don’t Waste Your Life
    Oct 11, 2020
    Don’t Waste Your Life
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    Ephesians 5:15-17

    15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    Ephesians 4:25-26

    25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

    Ephesians 5:3-5

    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

    Ephesians 4:17

    The New Life

    17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
     
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  • Oct 4, 2020Where are the Radicals for Jesus Christ?
    Oct 4, 2020
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    1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

    Philippians 2:29-30

    29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died[1] for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:30 Or he drew near to the point of death; compare verse 8
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  • Sep 20, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement (Part 2)
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Money
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    Thinking Biblically About Money
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  • Aug 30, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 3)
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    Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 3)
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    1 Timothy 6:6-10

    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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  • Aug 23, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 2)
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    Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 2)
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    Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
    2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
    3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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  • Aug 16, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 1)
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  • Aug 9, 2020Thinking Biblically About Anger
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  • Aug 2, 2020“Thinking” Biblically
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    2 Timothy 3:16

    16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
     
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  • Jul 26, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 2)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 19, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 1)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 12, 2020Discipline Needed for Holiness
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    1 Peter 1:13-21

    13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • Jul 5, 2020Thinking Biblically About Race
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    Genesis 1:26-28

    26 Then God said, “Let us make man[1] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    27 So God created man in his own image,     in the image of God he created him;     male and female he created them.

    28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Acts 17:26

    26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

    Ephesians 2:11-22 

    One in Christ

    11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[2] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[3] the Spirit.

    Footnotes:

    1. Genesis 1:26 The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam
    2. Ephesians 2:19 Or sojourners
    3. Ephesians 2:22 Or in
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  • Jun 28, 2020Thinking Biblically About Governmental Authority
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    Matthew 22:17-21

    17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[1] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 22:19 denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

    Romans 13:1-5

    Submission to the Authorities

    13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

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  • May 17, 2020Why It Was Right to Cancel Public Church Gatherings
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    Matthew 22:36-40
    36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
     
    Romans 13:1-7
    13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
  • May 10, 2020Life’s Most Important Race
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    Hebrews 12:1-2

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • May 3, 2020Accessing the Power of God
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    Acts 4:23-31

    23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[a] said by the Holy Spirit,

    “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,     and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves,     and the rulers were gathered together,     against the Lord and against his Anointed’[b]

    27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

  • Apr 26, 2020Prerequisites for Revival
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    Prerequisites for Revival
    2 Chronicles 7:14

    if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

  • Apr 19, 2020The Key to Experiencing Closeness with God
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  • Apr 12, 2020The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Demonstration of the Unmatched Greatness of God’s Power
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    Ephesians 1:16-23 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
  • Apr 5, 2020God Is For Us
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    Romans 8:31-39 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;     we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Mar 29, 2020A Prescription for Dealing with Stress
    Mar 29, 2020
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    Philippians 4:6-7

    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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  • Mar 8, 2020Forgiveness
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    Forgiveness
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    Ephesians 4:32

    32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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  • Feb 9, 2020Forgiving Others as God Has Forgiven Us
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    Colossians 3:13

    13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

    Ephesians 4:32

    32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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  • Dec 29, 2019The History of Faith
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    Romans 4:1-12

    Abraham Justified by Faith

    What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in[1] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

    “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,     and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

    Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

    Footnotes:

    1. Romans 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24
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  • Dec 22, 2019The Cost of Christmas
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  • Dec 15, 2019Almost There
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    Almost There
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    Mark 12:28-34

    The Great Commandment

    28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
    English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Dec 1, 2019The Lord’s Super: A Special Worship Experience
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  • Nov 17, 2019Fan the Flame
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    2 Timothy 1:3-7

    Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You

    I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
    English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Nov 10, 2019Faithful Stewardship of Time (Part 1)
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    A Time for Everything

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

    a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

  • Nov 3, 2019Don’t Worry About Anything
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    Philippians 4:4-9

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[1] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[2] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 4:5 Or gentleness
    2. Philippians 4:9 Or these things—9which things you have also learned
    English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Sep 29, 2019How Can God Be Both Just and Loving?
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  • Sep 22, 2019The Calling of God’s People
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    Psalm 95

    Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

     Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands formed the dry land.

    Oh come, let us worship and bow down;     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God,     and we are the people of his pasture,     and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,     and they have not known my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,     “They shall not enter my rest.”

    English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Aug 14, 2019Life’s Toughest Question
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  • Aug 7, 2019The Providence of God
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    The Providence of God
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  • Jul 31, 2019Why Do Most People Show Signs of Being Religious and Moral?
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    Why Do Most People Show Signs of Being Religious and Moral?
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  • Jul 14, 2019Real Discipleship
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    Real Discipleship
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    Luke 9:57–62 (ESV):
    57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
  • Jun 16, 2019Where Are You Seeking Happiness?
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    Psalm 1

    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

    Blessed is the man[a]     who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,     nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,     and on his law he meditates day and night.

    He is like a tree     planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,     and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so,     but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,     nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,     but the way of the wicked will perish.

  • Jun 9, 2019The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
    Jun 9, 2019
    The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
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    1 Corinthians 11:23-32

    23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a]you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[b] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[c] 31 But if we judged[d]ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[e] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
  • Jun 2, 2019The Ministry of the Believer
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    Tony is no stranger to our church, as he grew up in Pickens and PFBC. He has Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Tony has served as Pastor or Associate Pastor of Baptist churches in North Carolina for 35 years. Tony and his wife, Vonda, have three grown children: Walker, Jesse, and Rachel. Tony and Vonda moved to Pickens earlier this year to assist his mother, Ellen, who has been an active member of our church for over 66 years.
  • May 26, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
    May 26, 2019
    The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
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    Ephesians 6:1-4 

    Children and Parents

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

  • May 19, 2019What Do You Believe?
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  • May 12, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 1): Husband-Wife Relationship
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    Ephesians 5:21-33

    21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    Wives and Husbands

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

    Footnotes:

    1. Ephesians 5:27 Or holy and blameless
  • May 5, 2019The Foundation for a Healthy Family
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    Genesis 2:24-25

    24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

  • Apr 28, 2019What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life
    Apr 28, 2019
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    1 Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  • Apr 21, 2019The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
    Apr 21, 2019
    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
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    1 Cor. 15:5-8

    . . . he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

    1 Cor.15:50-53

    I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. 
    We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 
     
    For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
     

    1 Cor. 15: 54-57

    When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
    “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory?     O death, where is your sting?”
    The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Apr 14, 2019God is on Your Side!
    Apr 14, 2019
    God is on Your Side!
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    Romans 8: 31-39
     
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  • Apr 7, 2019Cultural Influencers
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    Cultural Influencers
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    Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
    14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
     
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    Josh Jennings and his wife, Shannon moved to Sedona with their 3 kids in 2014 to start Aletheia Church. Josh has pastored churches in Kentucky and South Carolina prior to moving to Sedona. He has a passion for building relationships with people and for teaching others about Jesus Christ. In his free time, you can find Josh riding his bike, reading, or grabbing a cup of coffee.
     
  • Mar 31, 2019Who is Your One?
    Mar 31, 2019
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    Luke 5: 27-32
    27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
  • Mar 24, 2019The Key to Enjoying a Close Relationship with God
    Mar 24, 2019
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    1 Peter 5: 5b-7
     
    5b Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5b-7)
  • Mar 17, 2019Until Then (Part 5)
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    2 Peter 3:13-18
    13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
    15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
    16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
    17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
    18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
  • Mar 10, 2019Until Then (Part 4)
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    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Mar 3, 2019Until Then (Part 3)
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    Until Then (Part 3)
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    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 24, 2019Until Then (Part 2)
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    Until Then (Part 2)
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    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 17, 2019Until Then (Part 1)
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  • Jan 13, 2019The Ultimate Relational Resolution
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  • Jan 6, 2019What Are You Aiming For?
    Jan 6, 2019
    What Are You Aiming For?
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    1 Corinthians 10: 31
  • Dec 30, 2018Give Your Christmas Away
    Dec 30, 2018
    Give Your Christmas Away
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    Matthew 28: 16-20
  • Dec 24, 2018The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
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    Christmas Eve Service
  • Dec 23, 2018Born to Save
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    Born to Save
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    Matthew 1: 21, 1 Timothy 1: 15
  • Dec 16, 2018A Model of Commitment
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    A Model of Commitment
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    Luke 1: 26-38
  • Dec 2, 2018Practice What You Preach
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    Romans 2: 17-29
  • Nov 25, 2018Resisting Temptation
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    Genesis 39: 6-21