A Loving Yet Truthful Response to the Homosexual Issue

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  With all the debate centering on the issue of homosexuality I felt I needed to respond as a pastor to the many that look for Biblical and spiritual direction from me. So, I will post a correspondence between me and a former student, who is now in college, to convey what I believe to be a loving yet truthful …

10 Ways To Redeem The Smartphone

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It’s been nearly 8 years since I purchased my first iPhone. It has revolutionized the way in which I read, study, check emails, listen to music, record video, capture photos, and communicate. In fact, it has become increasingly difficult to remember life before 2007, without the Apple smartphone. By The Numbers The impact of the smartphone has been significant in …

Is There Such A Thing As Eternal Security For The Believer?

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The Question   Is it possible to know if we have eternal life and the forgiveness of sins or must we fearfully wonder with uncertainty as we live this life?   What prompted me to write was a question I was asked regarding the “Eternal Security” of Christians (A.K.A. Perseverance of the Saints). Here is the question, “If we are …

It Only Hurts When I Listen

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The tragedy We are extremely lousy listeners who find it effortless to disengage. Studies show that only 31 percent of American workers are actively engaged in their work. We give off the appearance of working hard, while actually concentrating on other things completely unrelated to our work. That means we are distracted rather than productive, and spacing out rather than listening. Some …

A Call To Love

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  Every type of relationship has it’s own unique struggles. Parents & Children. Husbands & Wives. Sibling & Sibling. Employer & Employee. Teacher & Student. Neighbor & Neighbor. Co-workers. Friends. All these will not go well at some point in their existence. Is that news to you? It shouldn’t be. Expect the tension, doubts, mixed emotions, annoyances, distance, silence & …

How Do I Know He Loves Me?

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  “OH GOD! I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!” Have you ever said in a moment of desperation, “O God, if you would only speak! If I could only hear Your voice. If You would only talk to me and not be silent”? When our son was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of three I spoke those words. I …

How To Get Rid Of How-To’s

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Laws There is something about laws and how-to steps that make us feel good about ourselves. It helps us keep things formulaic and manageable. Some laws and how-to steps are straight forward and work really well. For example, I know that if I follow the directions on the label, I can make a pretty tasty and satisfying oatmeal breakfast for …

Famous Last Words

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  So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ …

Sovereignty in Tragedy

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Tragedy, though almost always unexpected, is inevitable. Surprise Because we live in a fallen creation brought forth as a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3:17), sin, sickness, cancer, accidents, violence, disaster, and death are all part of the tragic curse that plagues the world in which we live. The effects of sin, sickness, and various kinds of tragedies often catch us …

The Board of Deacons

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Dear Son Rise! Many of you witnessed our inaugural recognition of the Board of Deacons this past Sunday. If you blinked, you probably missed it as the entire procession did not last very long. It may have seemed so sudden that for some, you found yourself not being able to snap a picture fast enough. Moreover, it could also be …