Monthly Archives: December 2016

Gingerbread Decorating Contest 2016

It’s time for our family gingerbread decorating contest for Christmas 2016. We’ll follow the procedure we have for the last couple of years: we’ll post pictures of each entry below, and you can vote on your favorite at the poll … Continue reading

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Prayer and the End of All Things

“The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” (I Peter 4:7) A thoughtless person, contemplating the end of the world, might consider that prayer was not of much … Continue reading

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What Drives Your Decisions?

“So as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” (I Peter 4:2) What drives your life? What factors are involved in determining the decisions … Continue reading

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“The Example of Joseph” (Matthew 1:18-25 sermon)

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Morganton, NC 12-18-16) A few years ago, I preached a sermon on Mary, the mother of Jesus, and I had several people tell me afterwards that it was the first time that they had … Continue reading

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“He Will Save His People From Their Sins” (Matthew 1:21 sermon)

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, December 11, 2016) In his famous play, “Romeo & Juliet”, William Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And there is some truth in that. … Continue reading

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“The Most Miraculous Birth” (Matthew 1:18-23 sermon)

Our family is anxiously awaiting the birth of our fourth grand daughter, who is due in Wake Forest at any minute. If you have ever participated in a birth, or held a newborn baby, you know that EVERY birth — … Continue reading

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The Purpose of our Privilege

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (I Peter … Continue reading

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