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Am I in the Book of Life? – John 3:1-8

Introduction

I am going to start with a bit of my personal history.  My grandfather, on my dad’s side, was a church planter: he traveled to different areas, set up his tent and started preaching.  When a group of followers were formed he sought out a preacher to pastor them, packed up the tent and moved to the next place.  It sounds really quick when you say it like that but he would usually stay 2-3 years at each church.  One of those churches he established was where I grew up and learned about Jesus.

To the best of my Grandmother’s ability she cataloged (11) churches organized/pastored and later in life, (7) churches pastored.  No sending church, no mission board, only a steadfast faith that what God had called him to do He would see him through it.  My grandfather was a carpenter on the side to fund his ministry; no one paid preachers back then.  As a result of his skills he helped or completely built many of the church buildings that he organized. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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Have You Died Yet?

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Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

The modern social gospel being promoted across the land in many churches today speaks of a religion that has no costs, brings no change, and seems to give all glory to the wrong party… us.  In fact, to hear most Christians discuss styles of worship, contemporary or traditional, you would think that worship itself was for the sole benefit of man.  The humanism that has crept into the contemporary sermons, has led many a lost soul to believe that they need only to believe and they have their ticket punched for glory.  Most then fall well short of what the apostle Paul called the ‘new creature in Christ Jesus’.

Why is this so?  It goes all the way back to the Old Testament.  Many of our gospel songs speak of crossing the Jordan River as though it was the passage from life on earth to life in eternity in heaven.  This is flawed because unlike Canaan, Heaven doesn’t have enemies to be destroyed.  Rather, the crossing of the Jordan River in the book of Joshua more aptly typifies our passage from the death of sin to the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Battlegrounds of Good and Evil – III John

Introduction

Wherever you are the battle of good and evil rages.  All too often we see, and are affected by, the evil in society.  It can be overwhelming, frustrating and can even cause hopelessness.  Despair is a powerful emotion; it not only affects our mood, it can ruin friendships, health, jobs and even marriages.

We go to our local church hoping for sanctuary but in some cases evil can be sitting on a pew right beside us.  What hope do we have?  In a word, plenty! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Lessons from A Servant

 

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