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God’s New Thing for Your New Year

Based on Isaiah 43:18-21 The passage we are reading is quoted out of context quite often. I have heard well-meaning Christians say, “God says He will do a new thing… well this is it!” But what exactly is it that Isaiah is talking about? Remember that Isaiah very accurately prophesied of the Babylonian …

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Help Is On the Way

”Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” –James 5:8Imagine yourself a Jew living in Palestine in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. Like Anna and Simeon, you’ve been expecting Messiah to come any time. You’ve read the prophecy of Daniel which foretold the very …

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The Point of No Return

”Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know that afterward, when he would have inherited the …

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Prepare for History’s Greatest News

Christmas Sermon Series: God’s Christmas Messages to You, Part 4 Based on Luke 2:8-20 This is the fourth and final message in a series of Christmas messages based on the angelic appearances of the first Christmas. We’ve learned with Zechariah and Elizabeth to “prepare for the miraculous.” We’ve learned with …

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Pray For Your Pastor

”Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that …

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Prune Thyself

”For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” -1 Corinthians 11:31Did your parents ever make that ludicrous comment to you, “If you don’t stop crying, I’m going to give you something to cry about?” I never really understood the logic behind that line of reasoning, especially when I was the direct …

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Sermon Brief: Prepare to Meet the Savior

Christmas Sermon Series: God’s Christmas Messages to You, Part 3 Based on Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph is an interesting Bible character for the simple reason that he plays a very significant role in the life of Jesus, but then he passes off the scene and is not mentioned beyond Jesus’ boyhood (Luke 2). Tradition …

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Are You Dead Yet?

”For he that is dead is freed from sin.” –Romans 6:7The comedian Ray Stevens didn’t like to sit up with the dead because sometimes “the dead start sittin’ up too.” In reality, a dead body cannot respond to any kind of stimuli whatsoever. You can speak to it, command it, coax it, or con it but it will never …

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Are You Sad?

”Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” –Psalm 42:5Did you know that almost one out of every ten Americans will enter into a mild form of depression this holiday season? It has in part to do with …

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A New Counterculture

”And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.” –Acts 17:2-3In the 1970’s, America saw a wave of …

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