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  • Turn Around

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 29, 2015

    The need for and meaning of repentance

    Before I moved to Oregon I use to consider myself a fisherman. I got my license each year and spent many afternoons and days off with a string in the Walker River or Lee Vining Creek. One of the few times I fished here was in my first few years and I went out to the Sandy near Troutdale. Steelhead more

  • Real Authority

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 29, 2015

    How does Christ's authority differ from the various authorities we face each day

    My least favorite classes in my undergrad political science classes dealt with ‘political theory’. But I will always remember the discussion we had around the concept of ‘authority’ and what made for legitimate authority. Keep in mind this was at the winding down of Vietnam more

  • Did You Get The Memo? Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Apr 13, 2010

    Palm Sunday is the opportunity to prepare for Holy Week and the emotional roller-coaster it involves

    A great story from a couple of years ago was reported by Robert Bazell of NBC News. After an attempted IED attack near Tikrit the hospital at Camp Speicher was down to 10% of its blood supply. Brian Suam, was first in line to donate blood when the call went out. His blood was going to be used for more

  • The Strange Way Of Freedom Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Apr 13, 2010

    Relationships and mutual submission is what brings about freedom rather than captivity.

    I f you've served in the armed forces you attended a multi-week camp even which was meant to acquaint you with a new way of living your life. This new way of life included, as Sgt. Hulka so elaborately said in the movie Stripes, " I'm gonna teach every last one of you how to eat, sleep, walk, more

  • Determining One's Loyalty

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Apr 13, 2010
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    Easter visitation to the disciples tests ones loyalty while Acts demonstrates it in public

    T he Best Picture in 1981 went to a little recognized film called Chariots of Fire. It chronicled two British runners, Eric Liddell, a devote Christian and Harold Abrams who were to run in the 1924 Olympics held in Paris. Liddell refuses to run his race because it is to be held on Sunday and his more

  • Signs Of Life Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 27, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    One does not look for signs of death but signs of life. That is true when we look for spiritual life as well. One of the "Great Buts" of the Bible. Vvv. 1-5

    As late as 5 pm Wednesday a 5-year-old boy named Monley was pulled alive from a collapsed Haitian home on Wednesday, eight days after the earthquake.1 In addition rescue workers heard a faint tapping from the Hotel Montana but it ceased following the after-shock. Nicholas Reader, spokesman for the more

  • Running Toward The Kingdom Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 27, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    Our journey of following Christ has it's shares of uphill grinds and downhill free-wheeling. The key is knowing how to deal with both of these times

  • Great Affirmations In A Day Of Denial Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 12, 2010
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    Our world is a denying, divisive place but Christ is God's great affirmation of love to us

    Division, dogmatism and denial seem to be hallmarks of our culture, including the church. We don't have to look far to see it either. Turn on talk radio and you'll here diatribe after diatribe. Products and pharmaceutical make a promise instant health or beauty. Spiritual gurus, self-help writers more

  • Hope For A New Year

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Jan 4, 2010
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    Facing a new year we can learn from how the Magi visited Jesus

    It is disheartening when someone you’ve respected in their chosen field ends up being nothing more than a lost soul. John Antrobus, a playwright and author, shared a Christmas he spent with Peter Sellers in a December 27 article. He got a call in 1977 inviting him to come over Christmas Day. During more

  • Courageous Faith Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Dec 29, 2009
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    Using the GRINCH as an acronym the "C" is for the courage of Joseph who took on God’s call to protect God’s son, Jesus

    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in a Christmas message wrote, “During the Christmas rush two men were standing on Fifth Avenue at 57th Street in New York City, waiting for a red light. One of them was irritated by the traffic. ‘This town is totally disorganized,’ he growled. ‘Look at this traffic! more

  • Generosity For A Selfish Age Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Dec 8, 2009

    God’s answer to growing our hearts three sizes larger is to live for Christ and one way we do this is to give generously, hilariously to others

    Wheaton College, outside of Chicago, is home to The Billy Graham Center. It houses an auditorium, classrooms, and a museum containing priceless artifacts. A fire burned part of the room in 2004 sending thick black smoke visible four miles away. When the alarm sounded some immediately evacuated more

  • Redeeming One’s Life From Meh! Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Dec 8, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    Growing our hearts three sizes larger takes not only giving but a redemptive type of giving. It seeks the best for others and is carried out with a sense of rejoicing

    A few of you understand the sermon title but some will be mystified by the word "meh". Is there someone who would like to try to define it for us? It is a slang term that communicates an attitude of apathy or indifference toward something. My favorite definition is that meh is a verbal shrug. What more

  • Harvesting God's Joy Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Nov 17, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    Our Joy is full when we obey Christ and we do that by remaining growing through Him

    Demi-Lee Brennan had a liver transplant at age 9. She faced a life on anti-rejection drugs like every other transplant patient. Nine months later, however, her red blood cells were being attacked by her own white blood cells. It was as if her body was treating them as if they were an invader. more

  • My Way: Is That Best? Series

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Nov 10, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Jesus is the unique and only way to God [period].

    Last July the BBC news reported on how a couple from Sweden typed Carpi into their GPS when they meant Capri. Their GPS did what it was suppose to and took them 400 miles off course. A tourism official in Carpi said, "Capri is an island. They did not even wonder why they didn’t cross a bridge or more

  • The Gifting Of Grace

    Contributed by Charles Wilkerson on Nov 10, 2009
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    Communion message the second Sunday of Advent. Gifting doesn’t come from stores but from our Lord in the incarnation of the Eternal Son, Jesus Christ

    Gift-wrap has either been tossed out or neatly put away and saved for another time. Boxes may have been recycled and hopefully the toys aren’t all broken yet. CD’s have been played, DVD’s watched and those new clothes worn. Christmas is officially over. So what’s the good news? It is a mixed bag. more