• THE POOR IN SPIRIT

    Matthew 5:3   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   She was one of the top billed actresses, her films grossed the equivalent of $2 billion, her name was known by almost everyone in America, she was popular with the masses and was the reigning sex symbol of her […]

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  • BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN

    Matthew 5:4  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. As a pastor for 22 years, I have had the opportunity to conduct many funerals.  There is probably no other occasion on which we see a greater contrast between believers and non-believers.  We, as believers, are victorious in times of sorrow, trouble and […]

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  • NOT AN OPTIMIST, BUT A SCULPTOR

    One of the greatest statues of all time is Michelangelo’s statue of David, sculpted between 1501 and 1504.  It stands 17 feet tall and was displayed originally in the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, Italy.  The ability of Michelangelo to make such a beautiful statue out of a piece of marble is regarded as a […]

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  • THE NEW NATURE

    Rom 7:5,6  For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way […]

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  • SPIRITUAL WISDOM

    One thing that grieves me as a Christian is seeing on television someone who is beautiful, or is a great baseball player, or who had made a fortune in business, or who has made the winning goal in an important soccer game or who is a great actor or actress interviewed about how to conduct […]

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  • WHO IS THIS MAN?

      What is Christ like?  How would you describe Christ’s character?  If we are being transformed into Christ’ likeness, then we have to look at what Christ was like.  What is his character into which we are being transformed? 2 Corinthians 3:18  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being […]

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  • PEACE

      Jesus seemed never to be ruffled.  No matter what happened to him, he is recorded as having perfect peace.  Even when crowds surrounded him and there arose great opposition to him and his teaching, he was not afraid, he didn’t allow circumstances to throw him off, and he was able to face even his […]

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  • STUMBLING IN DEEP DARKNESS

    Proverbs 4:18, 19  The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. Have you ever driven into an unknown campground at night and set up […]

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  • GOD-SIZED LOVE

        Matthew 22:35-40  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And […]

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  • HOW’S YOUR SOIL?

    So, you made a New Year’s resolution that you weren’t going to get angry with your children. Your resolution lasted a few days, then the youngest got surly with you and mouthed off and you got angry. You wonder why good intentions and New Year’s resolutions aren’t enough to produce lasting and deep change in […]

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