Contributed on Jan 3, 2016
Paul teaches us how the doctrine of election gives us confidence for the present and the future.
Among the tech gadgets that sold well this Christmas were drones. Serious photographers and movie makers are snatching up these remote-controlled flying machines because they are a relatively inexpensive way to get a bird’s-eye view of things. I don’t suppose many of you received a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2016
Paul helps us understand what a privilege prayer is.
The new church treasurer was struggling to open a combination lock on the offering safe. He had been told the combination, but couldn’t quite remember it. Finally he went to the pastor and asked for help. The pastor came into the room and began to turn the dial. After the first two numbers he ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2016
Through faith in Jesus we are already unified. Paul teaches us how to maintain that unity.
When you hear the word “Church” what kind of picture comes to mind? Do you think of our new church with its unique architecture and decorations? Or do you picture the people who gather to worship here? That’s really the better way to picture the word “Church” because ...read more
Contributed on Apr 17, 2016
Paul describes the armor God which helps us in our fight against Satan.
So did you notice anything unusual about what I am wearing this morning? Yep. It’s the shoes. How could you miss these neon green beauties! When do you suppose I would normally wear these shoes? That’s right. They’re running shoes so I would wear them when I want to go for a run ...read more
Contributed on Feb 28, 2016
Paul describes the horrible effects of sin and urges us to live according to our new self.
Have any of you seen this ad from the 80’s produced by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America? An actor held up an egg and said, “This is your brain.” He then cracked the egg into a hot frying pan where the egg sizzled, bubbled, and turned brown at the edges before the actor ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2016
How are things supposed to work in the family and workplace? Paul tells us.
“How does it work?” When’s the last time you asked that question? You’re going to laugh, but I recently asked that question when someone lent me their cell phone. I wasn’t sure how to turn the phone on, how to place a call or end it. “How does it work?” I ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2016
Paul describes for us God's plan for marriage.
A four-year-old girl was having a difficult time grasping the concept of marriage. So her father opened his wedding photo album, thinking visual images would help. He pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the wedding ceremony, the recessional, and the reception. “Now do you understand ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2016
Living under the influence of the Holy Spirit means living as light.
In 2013, a South Dakota man received his 16th DUI conviction. That means he was found guilty 16 times of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol—the first conviction was way back in 1977. But from the little research that I did, he isn’t the record holder for DUI arrests ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2016
Paul prays that we get to know God better so we see better the blessings he has in store for us now and in eternity.
Imagine your fright if you found yourself strapped into a chair that was tilted so far back you were looking up to the ceiling. Before you can turn your head to get your bearings the chair starts to vibrate as a low rumble pulses through the room. The rumble increases in volume until it crescendos ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2016
God took us from major mess and transformed us into masterpiece.
“You used to be so cute, what happened?” Has anyone ever said that when looking at your baby pictures? It’s a joke that never seems to grow old because there’s probably some truth to it. With their big eyes, chubby cheeks, and tiny little fists babies are cuter than most. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2016
When we look at others as God does, we won't be so quick to throw up barriers.
I want to speak to you about walls this morning. Can you think of any famous walls? How about the wall that is so large it can be seen from space? That’s the Great Wall of China. It’s actually a series of walls built, rebuilt, and maintained between 685 BC and 1644 AD. With all of its ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2016
Paul helps us treasure the Bible as we should.
For years it sat on a farmhouse wall gathering dust. And when Fiona McLaren redecorated, she didn’t even take the time to cover the apparently worthless painting in a protective sheet, so it got flecked with specks of house paint. However, in an astounding twist, it has emerged that the ...read more