Jesus Keeps Joy Bells Ringing In Our Soul

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when … they saw the young child with Mary his mother, they fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
During the Christmas season, we gather joyously with family and friends from the youngest to the oldest and with those who have traveled from near and far to celebrate the birth of …

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“When Sadness And Trouble Seep In”

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art  thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God…  Psalm 42:5
Why am I so sad?  Why am I so troubled?  He was disquieted within.  He had no peace. He was anxious, his soul felt cast down.  He could no longer think, do or participate, as he knew he should.  Korah’s son was challenged with a personal struggle.  He expresses a deep human emotion that can arise in situations that may …

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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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Are you Plumb or Not?

Text: Amos 7:7-9 Amos was a shepherd from a rural area in Judah whom God called to preach at Israel’s royal sanctuary at Bethel.  His prophesying took place in about 750 B.C. during the reign of Jeroboam II and lasted only a few days.  His message was against the wealthy.  The poor was being exploited and cheated, and the judicial system was corrupt.  There was religious arrogance, as well, and even the attempt to corrupt some of the religious leaders.  Amos’s …

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1+ 1 = 1 (Spiritual Mathematics)

Text: Genesis 2:24 

I want to start this month’s Inspirational Message with a quiz using the above Graph.  For a moment before going any further, I want you to read our text, Genesis 2:24 then study it.  What does it tell you?  I’m going to time you as you consider… one thousand one……one thousand two…., one thousand three….one thousand four….…, TIMES UP!  I’m sure that what you were able to interpret from the graph is that over time; a …

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Is Freedom Free?

Text: 1 Corinthians 6:20, Romans 5:8-15, 6:1
July is an important month to all of us as citizens of this great nation we call our home.  It was on July 4, 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. This document announced that the thirteen American colonies (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island) and the Providence Plantations, then at war with …

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King Hezekiah, A Lesson in Faith – Part III

Text: II Kings 20:8-21, II Chronicles 32:23-31
We now conclude this journey in faith that we have considered over the last 2 months.  In April – Part 1 of A Lesson in Faith we witnessed King Hezekiah’s dramatic prayer to God in the Temple courtyard and God’s response by destroying King Sennacherib’s army.  In May- Part II we saw God’s mercy in reversing his message through the prophet Isaiah that King Hezekiah would surely die. Once again King Hezekiah showed …

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King Hezekiah, a Lesson in Faith – Part II

Text: Isaiah 38:1-5 (KJV) II Kings 20:1-7(KJV);
In our text we are able to see two different accounts of Hezekiah’s second major challenge for our study.  Isaiah’s gives a short version of what happened when Hezekiah became ill. II Kings on the other hand gives a more detailed description of how God hears and answers prayer.  There are three lessons to be learned from these accounts:

God hears his children when they pray to him in earnest.
Do works …

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King Hezekiah, a Lesson in Faith – Part I

Text: Isaiah 36:1-22, 37:1-17 (KJV)
The text you’re reading is exhaustive but necessary to capture all of the aspects of the drama that faced Hezekiah, King of Judah. We see in these passages, intrigue, suspense, fear and the power of faith. The plot unfolds in Scene 1, as key characters enter onto the stage of his dilemma; they are Eliakim, Chief Minister of King Hezekiah; Shebna the scribe; Joah, the recorder and Isaiah the prophet. The antagonist is Sennacherib, King …

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“Peace, Elusive, but Attainable”

Text: Isaiah 26:3-4 (KJV), John 20:19(KJV)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” – Isaiah 26”3-4.
“Then the same day at evening being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, …

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“February, the Month of Love”

Text: Psalms 51:10 (KJV)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Romans 12:1(KJV)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
February is a special month with significance touching the secular, romantic, and spiritual realms.  First, it is the shortest month of the year.  This year’s span is only 28 days.  Also, Valentine’s …

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Now and Always

Text: 2 Peter 3:8-14
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”.  This is a quote from Diogenes Laetius, a 3rd century AD biographer of the Greek philosophers.  It is this time of the year when our focus on time is at its keenest state.  We reflect on what we did in 2012 and what we envision for 2013.  Time for many people is the cause for anxiety, worry, and discomfort.  Time can be viewed as either restrictive, …

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