“The Greatest Gift of All”

Text: John 3:16(KJV), Ephesians 2:8(KJV)
Once again we enter the joyous month in which we celebrate the birth of Christ and the close of another year.  Volumes have been written about the pagan origins of Christmas.  What is the exact date of Christ’s birth?  What is the origin of the colors associated with Christmas? And when did the tradition of exchanging gifts enter into the celebration?  These debates have their purpose, but let us focus on this fact.   God gave …

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“THANKSGIVING, AN ACTIVITY OF PROMPTNESS AND SPONTANEITY”

Text: Leviticus 7:12. Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Cor 4:15, and Luke 17:13-19 (KJV)
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623.[9][10][11] The practice of holding an annual harvest festival like this did not …

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“Empathy and its Impact on Prayer”

Series “Me, Myself and I” Part 3
Philippians 2: 4-5 (KJV)Vs. 4: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Vs. 5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”
In the August and September messages the focus was learning to have a spiritual outreach to those you deal with and to those with whom you have relationships with. In short, the main thrust of those messages was …

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“Resolving Conflict”

Text: Philippians 2:3-4
Continuing on with the thoughts presented in August’s Message: “Me, Myself, & I, The Unholy Trinity”; this month we address “Resolving Conflict”. The Meridian Webster Dictionary defines conflict as “mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands “. Embodied in our text is the admonition to avoid strife that stems from egotistical persuasions and selfishness (there’s that word again from previous message “Selfishness vs. Selflessness”). When you esteem the other …

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“Me, Myself and I: The Unholy Trinity”

Text:  Philippians 2:1-5 (KJV)

Vs 1“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Sprit if any bowels and mercies
Vs. 2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Vs. 3 Let noting be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Vs. 4 Look not every man on …

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“Selflessness vs. Selfishness”

Text: Romans 12:18
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”
Proverbs 3:27
“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it”-
Hebrews 13:1-2
“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”
These three passages all have a common thread flowing through them—-giving Merriam Webster’s description of Selfless …

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“Abundant Living”

Text: Psalm 37:1-8
Spros Zodhiates, Th.D., in his introduction to the Book of Psalms in The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, said the following. “The name ‘Psalms’ comes from the Greek Psalmoi which means, ‘songs.’ Sometimes the book is called the Psalter. It has been called the ‘Hebrew Prayer and Praise Book.’ It was the first book in the third main division of the Old Testament which is called the Writings (Luke 24:44). The Book of Psalms may very well …

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What Now?

Text: John 20:19-23
April was a month of reflection, celebration, and renewal, commemorating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our text finds the disciples huddled, as it were,  behind shut doors pondering the events of their recently crucified Saviour– vs 20:19  and describes them as fearful,  as the association with Jesus puts them at risk of the same fate as Jesus.  No doubt they were wondering and pondering WHAT NOW?; what do we do now?  …

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What Now?

Text: John 20:19-23
April was a month of reflection, celebration, and renewal, commemorating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our text finds the disciples huddled, as it were,  behind shut doors pondering the events of their recently crucified Saviour– vs 20:19  and describes them as fearful,  as the association with Jesus puts them at risk of the same fate as Jesus.  No doubt they were wondering and pondering WHAT NOW?; what do we do now?  …

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“Oh What a Friend”

John 13:1-5, 15:14-17
Our text finds Jesus in the Upper Room at the “Last Supper”. It is Thursday evening of the “Passion Week”. Jesus is fellowshipping with his disciples, giving final instructions before his crucifixion. He demonstrates the purest form of friendship. In “A Commentary-Critical, Experiential, and Practical, III” by Jameson, Fausset and Brown renders the friendship Jesus demonstrates in John 15 as follows: “I have admitted you to free, unrestrained fellowship, keeping back nothing from you which I …

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“You are not alone”

Text: John 14: 15-27 (KJV)
Our text finds Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room with his disciples, partaking of the Last Supper before he is to be crucified. He speaks of the preparations he is making for those who believe in him, where they will reside after their death, how he will maintain communication with believers until he returns again. His work ethic is magnificent, he knows his crucifixion is near, but he wanted his followers to be …

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2012 Resolution: Drive Carefully, Observe the Yield Signs

Text: Romans 6:13 (KJV)
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
This is a new year that God has granted us and I feel blessed, as I know you do as well, to still proclaim, without equivocation, that God is good. In the earlier days of my ministry an old intenerate Deacon would always …

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