• THE PURE IN HEART

    Matthew 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Our relationship with God is the most satisfying thing in our life.  Jesus tells us that it is those who have purity in the inner man who will see (perceive, recognize, and experience) God.  Yet, we all face continuous pressures to keep […]

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  • BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

    Matthew 5:7  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. The Greek word used here means “merciful, compassionate, sympathetic.”  Wayne Grudem defines mercy as “God’s goodness toward those in misery and distress.” In Matthew, chapter 18, Jesus told the story of the unmerciful servant who was thrown into prison because he couldn’t pay his […]

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  • A TINY BABY

      Luke 2:12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” The amazing thing about this verse is that the whole history of the universe rested in a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  Not only was this a little […]

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  • GOD BECAME FLESH

      John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The big deal about Christmas is not that a baby was born, that happens all the time – there have […]

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  • Thanksgiving

    1 Thessalonians 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. When he was 7 years of age, his family was forced out of their home, and he went to work.  When he was 9, his mother died.  He lost his job as a store clerk when he […]

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  • BLESSED ARE THE MEEK

    Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. What is meekness? Meekness (or gentleness) is not weakness or timidity but a dependence on God.  It is a “humble and pliable submission to God’s will which reflects itself in humility, patience, and forbearance towards others, regarding even insult or injury as God’s […]

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  • 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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