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  • Come In Faith, Believing

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 17, 2018
     | 41 views

    What four words would Jesus use to describe you?

    William (Bill) E. Gordon, Baptist pastor and author has this to say about the breadth of faith: “Atheists have faith — faith that there is no God, no place of everlasting punishment in the hereafter. Animals possess faith; they display the utmost faith in their masters, as do children in their ...read more

  • Watch Your Tongue!

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 17, 2018
     | 67 views

    Do the words you speak build-up or burn-down?

    In the summer of 2000, more than a thousand firefighters battled a wildfire for two weeks in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The fire started on August 24, and continued until September 8. When it was over more than eighty thousand acres of federal forest was burnt. Forty-six-year-old Janice ...read more

  • Practice For Life Everlasting

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 3, 2018
     | 146 views

    Practice the HEARING & DOING of Scripture in this life; it prepares you for the next life. Practice Hard.

    Spend enough time around 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City, and you’re bound to be asked for directions to Carnegie Hall. “Which way to Carnegie Hall?” “Where is Carnegie Hall?” “What’s the address for Carnegie Hall?” Almost never does one ask the “how” question. Because everyone ...read more

  • Vultures And Hummingbirds

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 31, 2018
     | 289 views

    You always find what you are looking for; therefore, be careful what you look for.

    Two birds fly over our nation’s deserts: One is the hummingbird and the other is the vulture. Vultures find the rotting meat of the desert, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. Hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colorful ...read more

  • Absolute Devotion

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 31, 2018
     | 180 views

    To be ‘In Christ’ you must allow Him complete control of your life. Our absolute devotion to Christ prepares us to be used in ministries for His glory.

    Bertoldo de Giovanni is a name even the most enthusiastic lover of art is unlikely to recognize. He was the pupil of Donatello, the greatest sculptor of his time, and became the teacher of Michelangelo, the greatest sculptor of all time. Michelangelo was only 14 years old when he came to Bertoldo, ...read more

  • Jesus, The Bread Of Life | The Prescription For Anorexic Christians

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 12, 2018
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     | 786 views

    Is your spiritual appetite great enough to help you grow in Christ? Are you starving, or well fed?

    Pat Summerall, the well-known sports announcer, overcame alcoholism and became a follower of Christ in his late sixties. After his conversion and baptism, he immersed himself in God’s word through prayer meetings and Bible studies: "It's like an alcoholic looking for a drink,” Summerall says. If ...read more

  • Unity, Maturity And Service

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 6, 2018
     | 883 views

    There is no organization more powerful than the Church—it is ordained in Christ and for His glory.

    Each week at the meeting of a local Rotary club, a different member gave a brief statement about his job. Eventually it was the minister’s turn; he stood up and said: "I'm with a global enterprise. We have branches in every country in the world. We have our representatives in nearly every ...read more

  • Unconditional Security? (Pt.2) | Divine Sovereignty & Human Responsibility

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jul 22, 2018
     | 513 views

    Apostasy is real, but avoidable. If we live as God intends and Jesus taught, our security, conditional or unconditional, is in the hands of our Savior.

    Cable television mogul Ted Turner (once owned CNN, TBS and others) criticized fundamentalist Christianity and said Jesus probably would "be sick to his stomach" over the way his ideas have been "twisted," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Turner made his remarks at a banquet in Orlando, ...read more

  • Peace, Through The Cross

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jul 22, 2018
     | 355 views

    Christians are united in the peace of Christ so that the church may be effective; we must therefore live in the peace God intended and made possible.

    It took 125 years, but the infamous feud between the Hatfields and McCoys finally ended; sixty descendants of the original clans gathered on Saturday, June 14, 2003, in Pikefield, Kentucky, to sign a document declaring an official end to more than a century of hatred and bloodshed. Most think the ...read more

  • Remember Who You Are

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jul 22, 2018
     | 733 views

    Remembering who we are makes all the difference.

    Cinderella Man tells the true story of boxing legend James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), who made an incredible comeback during the Great Depression. Injured and arthritic, Braddock's promising career was cut short, and he had to go on public assistance when he couldn't get work at the docks in New ...read more

  • When God Says 'no'

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jul 22, 2018
     | 732 views

    Sometimes God says no. When you are weakened by His answer, He will strengthen you by His grace.

    The late Chuck Colson of Watergate fame shared his experience when God said NO. The great paradox [of my life] is that every time I walk into a prison and see the faces of men or women who have been transformed by the power of the living God, I realize that the thing God has chosen to use in my ...read more

  • In Fellowship With Christ And Others

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jul 22, 2018
     | 142 views

    If we have no fellowship with others we cannot have fellowship with Christ

    A pastor went to visit some prospective members—a husband, wife and their son. At the beginning of the visit, it was a typical visit. They were getting to know each other, what they had done in their lives. Finally, the woman said, "I can’t stand it anymore. I’ve got to say something! My ...read more

  • Security Of The Believer (Pt. 1)

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on May 7, 2018
     | 609 views

    If we live as God intends and Jesus taught, our security—conditional or unconditional—is in the hands of our Savior.

    One of the things we were taught at Evangelical is that preachers must not avoid difficult subjects or passages: those sincere believers may disagree on. In the next two weeks we consider such a subject. We ask God’s guidance and grace as we seek to understand. The doctrine of unconditional ...read more

  • Does He Show On Me?

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Apr 23, 2018
     | 314 views

    Is it obvious to the people you meet that you are a child of God? What is it that makes it obvious?

    J. I. Packer on Being God's Child “You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one's Holy ...read more

  • In Praise Of The Shepherd

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Apr 23, 2018
     | 263 views

    Many people know the 23rd Psalm. It is the most well-known poem of all time. But for as many as know the psalm, few really know the Shepherd.

    A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher in the audience asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed—on the condition that the preacher would ...read more