• BROKEN CISTERNS

    There are two points I would like to make about this verse.  First, those who have forsaken the Lord have exchanged that which they didn’t have to work for, the spring of living water, for that which they did have to work for – digging cisterns.  The first is a gift from God, the second […]

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  • A GLORIOUS JOY

    1 Pet 1:8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, Last July 10th I had open-heart surgery.  The thing which I admit caught me by surprise and amazed me through the […]

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  • NEW LIFE

    Gal 5:17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. Years ago I was interim (temporary) pastor for a PCUSA (Presbyterian Church of the United States […]

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  • FUTILE AND DARKENED THINKING

    Romans 1:21  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. In a recent article (March 15, 2019) in the Christian Post, author Michael Gryboski interviewed Jonathan Morrow, who is an expert in training high school and […]

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  • LOVE, THE EVIDENCE OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY

    John 13:34,35  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When Caroline and I first became believers, on a hippie commune on a farm near Cave Junction, […]

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  • FROM GLORY TO GLORY

    2 Corinthians 3:18  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. In the first part of 2 Corinthians chapter 3 Paul is talking about the glory that covered the face of Moses when he […]

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  • TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS

    Corinthians 3:18  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. If we look to our culture to determine what good character is, we find a moving target.  There is no pattern or blueprint for […]

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  • RENEWAL OF OUR MINDS

    Rom 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do you ever have negative thoughts?  If there were the technology to do it, would you volunteer to have your thoughts for even one day be played on the screen before the congregation […]

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  • TRANSFORMED

    Romans 12:2  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Who are you?  Usually we will answer the question with information about where we work, are we married, how many children do we have, etc.  However, the most important thing is that you […]

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  • CENSORIOUS JUDGEMENT

    Matthew 7:1   “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Many in our day are distorting the expression “do not judge” to mean acceptance of the behavior of others even if it violates scripture, common sense, or any absolute standards of right and wrong.  According to this view, no one, no behavior, no thinking, […]

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