It was Meant to Be (Tuesday Thoughts)

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.” 16 As Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the …

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What Difference Could those Possibly Make?

I am a fairly regular leader of Carey Nieuwof's blog on Christian Leadership for a while now. I have found many of the things he has to say, particularly during the pandemic to be rather insightful. Recently Nieuwof wrote a post he titled, "Five Rather Startling Reasons People Leave Your Church." I thought I would …

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The Declaration: Who Do They Say You Are? (Manuscript)

Today's Scripture - Matthew 16:13-20 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon …

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Silence

Silence isn't empty, it's full of answers.Author Unknown 11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind …

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Sick and Tired of Being Tired

28 Do you not know?Have you not heard?Yahweh is the everlasting God,the Creator of the whole earth.He never grows faint or weary;there is no limit to His understanding.29 He gives strength to the wearyand strengthens the powerless. (Isaiah 40:28-29, Holman Christian Standard Bible) When I was in the Navy, we were at sea on exercises and the …

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Who Am I (Video)?

This morning I began a new sermon series. I had planned to title it, "The Declaration (when we declare Jesus Lord). I forgot and titled it, "Who Do You Say I Am?" I know, that is real creative. The attached video is worship from today, July 12, 2020. The Scripture lesson is Matthew 16:13-20. The …

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The Volunteer Watermelon

18 “Consider then the parable of the farmer. 19 Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom and don’t understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what was planted in their hearts. This is the seed that was sown on the path. 20 As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who …

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A Plant Held without Love

In Memory of Faithful Former Church Member 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. 25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The servants of the …

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Making Lollipop Moments

28 One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, 30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all …

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