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The Deep Impact of "Simply God’s Word"

This past Sunday was Open House Sunday at Bethel, and what a blessing it was to greet half a dozen new families and share a wonderful fellowship meal with our church family. My pride factor was increased as Bethel's members paid special attention to quality and friendliness. Much preparation went into the day …

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Qualities of a Growing Church: FAITH

Based on Acts 16:6-11 When Angie and I were first married, I pastored a church, worked in a bookstore, and went to school full-time. Angie worked in a day care and also went to school full-time. We began to make some big decisions by faith. We first decided that God would have us live closer to our church …

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Qualities of a Growing Church: EXCELLENCE

Based on [youversion]Malachi 1:6-14[/youversion] On October 13, 1962, Jerry was born in Starkville, Mississippi to a brick-layer. He spent his early years being the older brother who would stand up on the scaffold and catch bricks, then stack them for his Dad to lay. Catching those bricks prepared Jerry Rice …

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Wrestling With the Almighty

”And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” –Genesis 32:26In the story of Jacob’s wrestling with a “man” (possibly an Old Testament appearance of Christ), we learn what it is to hold on to God until we receive the blessing. Don’t you know this …

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Fear Not

”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7A certain amount of fear is natural and is built into who we are physically speaking. This fear is quite helpful in the presence of danger, when our intuition kicks in and protects us from harm. But …

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