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Contributed on Dec 23, 2019
We think of the new year as a new direction for our lives. God offers us new directions every day.
1. The Bible has a great deal to say about “New” • New Covenant • New Heart • New Life • New Way • New Creation, to name a few 2. We tend to view the New Year as our big opportunity to restart. It can be true but actually each day is a new beginning. It really is the “first day of the rest of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 18, 2019
God has given us the greatest gift imaginable in Jesus -- it compels us to want to give a gift to him. The ultimate gift we can give is ourselves which we show by doing justly; loving mercy; and walking humbly with Him.
1. I put a question on the church’s FB page: “What is one of your favorite Christmas memories?” Responses had to do with family and with gifts (Santa stories). 2. The coming of Jesus represents God’s ultimate gift to us (John 3:16-17) a. Response to receiving a gift is to give a gift in ...read more
Contributed on Dec 16, 2019
Christmas is a controversial issue for many. We need to be tolerant of other points of view and be reminded to appreciate the birth of Jesus all year.
1. Christmas is coming – is that good or bad? Christmas is Controversial: a. Seculars: “Too religious.” Religionists: “Too secular.” b. Puritans refused to celebrate Christmas – felt it trivialized the message of Jesus’ coming Stress of: Partying and alcohol consumption; travel; disrupted ...read more
Contributed on Dec 5, 2019
Loy was a long-time member of our congregation and had served in the USN during the Korean Conflict.
l Song #1 Amazing Grace Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; Purpose of Funerals 1. Honor a loved one 2. Comfort a family 3. Reconnect with ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2019
A recent article by Dave Butts prompted this sermon, reminding us that the heroes of faith were just like us in many ways.
1. [My Prayer Story @ the Rocket Club Meeting in Huntsville, AL I was seated with Medal of Honor Winner, Generals, and High Dignitaries; Heroes –seem larger than life 2. Everyday Heroes • Consider Dave Sanders, the school teacher shot to death while trying to shield his students from two youth on a ...read more
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Contributed on Jun 6, 2017
An old farmer plowed hard for many days with an ox and mule yoked together. The ox told the mule that they should play sick and rest. The mule declined saying, “No, we must get the work done for the season is short. But the ox played sick and the farmer brought him hay and corn and made him ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2014
Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ’beauty tips.’ It was read at her funeral years later. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For ...read more
Contributed on Dec 10, 2013
PUSHING THE OUTHOUSE A young boy lived in the country. His family had to use an outhouse, which the young boy hated. It was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and always smelly. The outhouse was located near the creek so the boy decided that he would push it into the water. After a spring ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2013
"A part of me loved war. Now, please understand, I am a peaceful man, fond of children and animals. And I believe that war should have no place in the affairs of men. But, the comradeship our platoon experienced in that war provides a moving and enduring memory in me. A comrade in war is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2013
STANDING UP ON THE INSIDE A five year old girl was having one of those trouble-filled days with her mother. It seemed they spent the day arguing back and forth. Finally the mom had enough. "Jenny, go sit in the corner, right now! Don’t get up until I tell you to!" Jenny went to the corner and ...read more