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Be Still

“Be Still” Psalm 46 Mark 6:30-34 After church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his parents, "Mom & Dad, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up!" "That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?" "Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit still and listen." It can be hard to sit still and listen, can’t it? Last Sunday was a very busy day in the life of our church! We had assembly, Sunday school and Choir Practice... followed by Worship... and the church picnic... (which took some planning and effort from many to make happen). It was a great day that I lov

Stumbling

“Stumbling” Hebrews 4:12-16 (Call to Worship) Psalm 37:1-9; 23-24 James 3:1-12 You know nothing damages our dignity or bruises our ego quite like stumbling. Here at the church, we’ve seen people who were dressed in their finest, stumble and fall flat on their faces as they were walking into the building. I’ve watched as a soloist, stepping up to the pulpit with music in hand, stumbled all over the mic cord... We’ve all looked-on as a guaranteed touchdown was missed because an ordinarily sure footed receiver, with no one around within 20-yards, missed the catch of a lifetime... because he stumbled - a turf tackle... I’ve looked into the faces of a bride and groom as they stumbled in uniso

True Faith

True Faith Philippians 2:1-13 James 2:14-19 Faith... We talk an awful lot about faith, don't we? Especially here at church. We speak of having faith... of possessing faith... of gaining faith... of growing faith. Which are all legitimate ways of talking about faith, no doubt. But our use of the word sometimes leads us to think of faith as less than it is... Because sometimes we express faith as being a thing... an object. Again: think of the way we speak... we speak of having faith, possessing faith, gaining faith, growing faith. The action is expressed in "having, possessing, gaining and growing." Faith is the subject of the "having, possessing, gaining and growing.” It’s a noun in muc

Assessment, Attitude & Action

Assessment, Attitude, and Action Philippians 4:10-13 Judges 20:15-17 What an interestingly obscure account from the OT book of Judges. A little blurb about a special “elite” fighting force of left-handed soldiers! Of course, the whole story (which I suggest you go back and read) is one of civil war, murder and death... lots and lots of death. But the story would still be a story of civil war, murder and death had this little detail - this little tidbit - about the “left-handed” soldiers been left out! The exclusion of the detail wouldn’t change the story, so the detail itself must be important. The literal translation, of the phrase “left-handed”, in Hebrew, is “wounded in the right han

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