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October 24 – Don’t Be Surprised

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20; 1 Thessalonians 3; Isaiah 17; Isaiah 18; Isaiah 19; Psalm 114 Surprises can be fun. When it’s your birthday and your spouse takes you out for what you think is going to be a dinner between the … Continue reading

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August 2 – Troubles Come

2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4; 2 Kings 14; Micah 4:1-5:1 My dad had a friend named Bill the last years of his life. Bill W made a great change in his life and the funny thing is that Bill had died years … Continue reading

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May 6 – Nip It In the Bud

Acts 17:1-15; Judges 6; Job 36 Don Knotts was a brilliant comedian who created many memorable characters. One of his best known, and loved, characters was Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith show. Barney was an expert on everything he … Continue reading

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April 26 – Comfort

Acts 11:1-18; Joshua 11-12; Job 26 There are a lot of things people say when they’re trying to comfort people who are grieving. Some of them are appropriate. Too often though, well-meaning words make me cringe. You know the kinds … Continue reading

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March 6 – God’s People: Demon Possessed or Drunkards?

Matthew 11:1-19; Leviticus 11-12; Proverbs 24 Which is better: being a morning person or being a person that does better afternoon? Isn’t it funny how we attribute “goodness” or “badness” to either of those qualities? Growing up, I was a … Continue reading

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March 1 – Ministry Costs

Matthew 8:14-34; Leviticus 1-2; Proverbs 19 Mother Teresa became convinced at the age of 12 that she was called to religious life. She left her home in Macedonia at the age of 18 and joined a convent in Ireland, never … Continue reading

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December 20 – The Look

Psalm 80:1-7; Isaiah 66:7-11; Luke 13:31-35 It is a staple scene in many movies. The main character needs to make a statement: a speech for political reasons; a summation for a jury; a presentation in class. They are nervous and … Continue reading

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September 5 – Time for Church

Psalm 101; 2 Kings 17:24-41; 1 Timothy 3:14—4:5 The pastor was coming over to comfort the family in a difficult time, so the whole family worked hard on making the house presentable. He came in, they had a good time … Continue reading

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September 7 – Oh We Got Troubles

John 12:1-26; 2 Chronicles 14-15; Psalm 77 We’ve all had those times. Our spirits are troubled. We call out to God and it seems like there’s no response. The troubles weigh on our hearts and sleep is hard to come … Continue reading

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July 28 – Prophesy!

After finishing the “love chapter” Paul continues his teaching by noting the need to teach, or prophesy. “But he who prophecies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” Paul reminds the Corinthians that it’s “not all about you.” Which is better for the work of the church – somebody strengthening themselves or somone strengthening each and every member of the church? Continue reading

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