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“What Is Man?”

“Men go to gape at mountain peaks, at the boundless tides of the sea, the broad sweep of rivers, the encircling ocean and the motions of the stars: and yet they leave themselves unnoticed; they do not marvel at themselves.” … Continue reading

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“Three Resolutions: Or What To Do If The End Is Near” (New Years Message 2017)

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Jan. 1, 2017) A couple of years ago I read a survey of Americans which asked what they would do, if they knew the world was coming to an end soon. Two of the … Continue reading

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A Simple Verse For A New Year

As the song says: “Fast away the old year passes” and we sit on the doorstep of a brand new year. It is typically — and should be — a time of reflection, and recommitment. But what kind of commitments … Continue reading

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Sovereignty & Responsibility (Isaiah 10)

God’s ways are higher than ours, Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, and there is much we do not understand about them.  But some scriptures “pull back the curtain” just a bit and give us some insight into how God works. Isaiah … Continue reading

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The Discipline of Service (I Peter 4:10 sermon)

In 1910 Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris, France, on the kind of people that is needed to make a great society. A paragraph from that speech has become famous: “It is not the critic who counts, nor the … Continue reading

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“When The Cat’s Away …”?

“A king who sits on the throne of justice disperses evil with his eyes”  (Proverbs 20:8) This scripture pictures a strong leader on the throne of the land, before whom the wicked scatter. But what often happens when a leader … Continue reading

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Are You Really That Close to God?

Many people claim to be “a friend of God”, but the Bible indicates that number may be far fewer in actuality. Psalm 25:14 says, “The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make known … Continue reading

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The Only One Who Matters

In Job 13:9 the oppressed saint asks his fickle friends a question: “Will it be well when He examines you?” That is a question that should search the hearts of us all.

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Evidence of Discipleship

In II Kings 3:14 the prophet Elisha addressed the king of Israel, and he began his sentence with the phrase: “As YHWH of hosts lives, before whom I stand …”. This expression is significant for a couple of reasons, one … Continue reading

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The Missing Ingredient

There is a vital missing ingredient in the lives of many American Christians today. Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another …”. Those words “one another” are … Continue reading

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