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  • Empowered To Serve

    Contributed by John Bright on Nov 9, 2023

    In every war there are stories of courage, bravery, and acts of heroism that go beyond all human limitations. Do you know the name Desmond Doss? He was a soldier in WW2 that came from Lynchburg, Virginia. Because of his faith tradition that prevented him from carrying a weapon, he enlisted as a more

  • Less Important Than We Think

    Contributed by John Bright on Jun 22, 2023

    In his book, “Being with God,” Pastor AJ Sherrill addresses how the practices of contemplative prayer help the Believer see what’s going on inside: we are so caught up in our inner dramas that we lack the clarity to know what to pray for. Surrendering to the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27) more

  • Fathers Make A Difference

    Contributed by John Bright on Jun 14, 2023

    According to the 2022 U.S. Census Bureau, 18.4 million children, 1 in 4, live without a biological, step, or adoptive father in the home. That’s enough children to fill New York City twice or Los Angeles four times over. Research shows that a father's absence affects children in numerous more

  • Formula For Going To Heaven

    Contributed by John Bright on May 27, 2023

    That’s right – heaven or hell is the final destination for every human being. I want to crystal clear about this! All humans have been born into a state of Sin (with a big S). We commit sin (with a little s) because we are Sinners – not vice versa. At the instant of salvation, our Sin nature is more

  • Hope Ain't Hoping

    Contributed by John Bright on May 26, 2023

    I want to give you a shorthand way of remembering the difference between the hope in our Bibles and the hope out in the world. Hope ain’t hoping. Today, folks plan outside events and say, “I sure hope it doesn’t rain.” Every Sunday, some folks may show up here and say, “I sure hope PJ doesn’t more

  • Fishing With A Net

    Contributed by John Bright on May 11, 2023

    Dr. Daniel B. Wallace has taught Greek and New Testament courses on a graduate school level since 1979. He wrote about this idea based on Matthew 4 “19 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 20 They left their nets immediately and followed him.” “It’s strange more

  • How I Found Hope

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 6, 2023

    HOW I FOUND HOPE By Danielle Strickland — I stole my first car when I was twelve years old. In family court, when my fate seemed to be incarceration, a leader from my church insisted I was going through a hard patch, but I could be sentenced to community service at a camp. The judge jumped at the more

  • What Is Truth?

    Contributed by John Bright on Oct 17, 2022

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news… but there is a deep divide in this sanctuary. No – it’s not what you think. It’s not political parties. It’s not hot-button social justice issues. Nope, it’s our view of “What is truth?” Here’s a way to view our divide from Os Guiness: “Three baseball more

  • Power Of Holy Spirit In You

    Contributed by John Bright on May 23, 2022

    There is NO COMPARISON between the power of satan and the power of the HOLY SPRIT IN YOU. The power of satan is like a little firecracker while the power of the Holy more

  • The Gossip Test

    Contributed by John Bright on May 31, 2021

    Another basic concept – sin creates spiritual blindness. Let me illustrate with my favorite sin to talk about… GOSSIP. I’ll stop right here and make sure you know how I define gossip. Before you tell someone a story about another person (even disguised as a prayer request), it needs to pass all more

  • Tv Remote

    Contributed by John Bright on May 23, 2021

    A woman was pulling her offering out of her purse when a TV remote control fell out and hit the floor of the sanctuary. The usher picked it up and asked if she always carried it with her? "No," she replied. "My husband would not come to church more

  • Love Is Like Candy

    Contributed by John Bright on May 21, 2021

    I’m talking about love that is a real, tangible – like candy! Since you are watching on video (or reading this at home), you will have to imagine I have a big bag of Hershey Kisses right here. I have LOTS OF CANDY! So - I can claim to be full of candy. What if this candy is the love we have to more

  • Judgement And Mercy - 2 Sides Of The Same Coin

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 26, 2021
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    Mercy and Judgement are two sides of the same coin – We often put different parts of God’s character (attributes) into conflict. If we declare God as merciful, can He still bring righteous judgement? Let me share an example to help you understand the connection between mercy and judgment. If you more

  • Baptism Of Jesus

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 26, 2021

    What do John the Baptist and Winnie the Pooh have in more

  • They Keep You Quiet In Church

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 26, 2021

    A 6-year-old girl was sitting in church with her very fidgety 4-year-old brother. She spoke to him with a stern voice, “You’re supposed to be quiet in church.” So her brother asked, “Whose gonna make me?” She more

  • Be Quiet In Church

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 26, 2021

    One Sunday School teacher asked her class, “Why do we have to be quiet in church?’ A little boy quickly more

  • Sin As Your Secret Lover

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 7, 2021

    “Sanctified people still sin. However, the difference is that in the life of a sanctified person, sin becomes your permanent enemy and no longer your secret lover!” Dr. Timothy Tennent “The Call to more

  • Can't Earn Your Salvation

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 2, 2021

    I read this little poem recently that did not have an author listed: “I cannot work my soul to save, For that my Lord hath done; But I will work like a slave, For the love of more

  • Three Types Of People

    Contributed by John Bright on Apr 2, 2021

    It has been well said that there are only three classes of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know more

  • Get Back In The Game!

    Contributed by John Bright on Mar 19, 2021

    What if God started telling your church to do something we had never done before? How hard would you work against it - unwilling to change? There is an old saying – do you know what they put on the tombstone in front of a closed church? “WE NEVER DID IT THAT WAY BEFORE” If that’s the case, we more