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“The Promise of Christmas” (Zechariah 2:10-11 sermon)

In the 1800s, R.H. Dana was a student at Harvard who got measles, which weekend his eyesight and kept him from being able to read, so he took a job on a sailing ship in hopes of regaining his health. … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Overview: Lifeway’s “Explore the Bible”: Micah 7:1-10, 18-20, “Hope Found”

A brief overview for Sunday School teachers and Bible study leaders, of Lifeway’s “Explore the Bible” lesson of Micah 7:1-10 and :18-20, for Sunday, November 27, 2022, with the title: “Hope Found.” (A video version of this overview is available … Continue reading

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“The Greatest Verse in the Bible?” (John 3:16 sermon)

People often enjoy discussing who or what “the greatest” is in different areas of life. A new acronym has arisen in light of that: “GOAT,” which stands for “Greatest of All Time.” The first time I saw that, it was … Continue reading

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“How To Run The Christian Race” (Hebrews 12:1-2 sermon)

For most of my adult like I ran for exercise, although I was never very fast. When we lived in Tulsa back in the 1990’s (when I was in my 30’s) I was probably in the best shape of my … Continue reading

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“Warnings From The Wilderness” (I Cor. 10 sermon)

On the coastline of Japan, there is a little village called Aneyoshi. On a certain spot in the town, there is an ancient stone tablet, engraved with a somber warning: “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build … Continue reading

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“The Answer To The Biggest Problem You Have” (Luke 5:17-26)

What if I told you this morning that I know the answer to the biggest problem you have? Some problem just jumped to the front of your mind, didn’t it? “You have the answer to THAT?!” If you’re like me … Continue reading

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“A Divine Appointment” (Acts 8:26-40 sermon)

In 2014 Cheryl & I were living in Norman, Oklahoma while I was recuperating from illness that had caused me to resign my pastorate in Louisiana. One winter afternoon about 4:00 I suddenly had a strong urge to go out … Continue reading

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“Confidence On That Day” (II Timothy 1:12 sermon)

Author Dane Ortlund wrote: “When my two-year-old Benjamin begins to wade into the gentle slope of the zero-entry swimming pool near our home, he instinctively grabs hold of my hand. He holds on tight as the water gradually gets deeper. … Continue reading

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“Justification by Faith” (Romans 1:17 sermon; Reformation Day 2021)

There are some days on the calendar that everyone knows are important: — December 25th everyone knows is … Christmas.— January 1st … New Year’s Day.— December 31st? Cheryl’s birthday! And today, October 31st, is a memorable date as well. … Continue reading

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“Save Me By Your Grace” (Psalm 6:4 sermon/Lord’s Supper)

After the Second World War, General Douglas MacArthur and his wife and their little son Arthur went to live in Japan, where MacArthur was administering the Island after the war.  As things settled down, slowly the American occupying troops were … Continue reading

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