• 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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  • 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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