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Dec 2020

Here’s a great story I want to share with you today as we draw closer to Christmas— There’s a shepherd who was only a youth on that first Christmas night. But, in time, he grew old and then one evening, as his grandson sat on his knee, he recalled that night, “A long, long time ago, when I was little more than a boy, I was out on the Judean hills one night with some other shepherds, keeping watch over the flock. And an angel of the Lord came upon us and......

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May 2020

I noticed something a couple of weeks ago as I was driving to church that was of interest to me—the volume of traffic was picking up noticeably. Then this week I observed an increase in vehicles considerably. Even more revealing, I heard the familiar South Florida sound of motorists angrily honking at one another. I haven’t heard that in a while and, frankly, it was sweet music to my ears. Yeah, I loved it! Here’s why—it means things are getting back to normal! We are heading toward Ordinary Days! Sometimes it feels to......

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Feb 2019

James extols the virtue and value of perseverance when he writes: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).   The mark of a mature Christian is to be able to patiently persevere, despite the pressures, in the practice of faith day after day. And perseverance pays off big time over time. When you persevere it causes you......

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Feb 2019

I ran across an interesting article that I wanted to share with you along the line of last Sunday’s sermon on past defeats…   You might remember the TV program “The Wide World of Sports”. For many years, the opening of the program opened like this: “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport; the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat.” The opening illustrated “the agony of defeat” with a painful ending to an attempted ski jump. The skier appeared in good form as he headed down......

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Jan 2019

The Old Testament scripture teaches us to “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). The New Testament scripture reads, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). There’s a favorite old Hymn that says similarly, “Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.” So we know what we are supposed to do. The problem is that it is not always what we do. Sometimes we take our burdens to the Lord, then come back and pick them up......

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Jan 2019

The Promise of Scripture is clear: You can live without fear! Listen to God’s Word: “Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong, do not fear, your God will come” (Isaiah 35:4). “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you......

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Dec 2018

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once sent thousands of Christmas cards around the world with only one word written on them:  Others. We should all be so mindful of others. There is a great old story I would like to share with you today and during this Christmas season that serves to remind us of others-   An old cobbler named Conrad had a dream that the Lord was coming to visit him. So he washed the walls of his small shop and his shelves until they shined. He decorated his......

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Dec 2018

The late, great evangelist, Billy Graham, once shared a story about the celebrated neurologist Dr. S.W. Mitchell. The Philadelphia doctor had gone to bed early after an exhausting day when he was suddenly awakened by a loud knock upon his door. When he opened it, he found a little girl, standing there poorly dressed and deeply distressed. She explained that her mother was very sick, needed to see a physician immediately, and begged the good doctor to come with her.    It was a cold, snowy night, but the weary doctor dressed and......

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