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How to train to win

Sitting outside the elementary school, waiting for Rachel and Ana, I saw a man come out with a UK t-shirt on. Across the chest, it read, “Nobody Trains to Lose.” The potential spiritual lessons from sports are probably endless. You … Continue reading

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Easy mother’s day sermon

IN PHIL. 4:7 WE READ ABOUT “PEACE.” WE ALSO READ ABOUT SOME OTHER THINGS RELEVANT TO MOTHERS. 1) If people want the quality of peace, they have to do some things. Peace is usually not automatic. 2) Phil. 4:8 – … Continue reading

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Best products for the hands

Women spend thousands of dollars, maybe even millions of dollars, on making their hands look good. Fingernail polish. Nail strengthener. False nails. Lotion to make hands softer. Your hands can tell a lot about you. I work outside often. We … Continue reading

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Keeping versus giving

1) 1 Jn. 2:16 – READ 2) In verses like 1 Jn. 2:16 “the world” describes a way of life contrary to God’s will. 3) God tells us the world has its own way of doing things and its own … Continue reading

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Can the World See Jesus in You?

We are the light, as Jesus is the Light. He is light by nature; we are light by grace. We appear as “lights in the world” in the midst of a crooked and pervese generation (Phil. 2:15). As such, we … Continue reading

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Religious skepticism

ONE OF THE BUMPER STICKERS NOW AVAILABLE TO DRIVERS SAYS, “NOTHING FAILS LIKE PRAYER.” 1) Some may think skepticism about religious matters is new, but this is incorrect. 2) The Bible says this type of thing has been around for … Continue reading

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Fun games for road trips

Did you place this game when you were in middle school? The first one to see a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch someone – and “No punch backs!” Our middle-schooler started us playing that game again. The interesting thing about … Continue reading

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How to preach on church hymns

1) We start with page 120 – “give me the Bible.” a) The Bible is necessary because it helps us “tell them of Jesus” (hymn 1a). b) Giving people the Bible causes people to say “I will sing of my … Continue reading

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What is the book of Nehemiah about?

The focus of the Old Testament has been – How is God going to bring Jesus into the world? From the call of Abraham (Genesis 12) when God began working through his descendents, the Jewish nation, God has been slowly … Continue reading

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Can we fall from grace?

We can fall from grace 1. About 40 years ago my parents rented an old farm in the state of Illinois. 2. While mom and dad were busy on move in day, my sister and I began to explore our … Continue reading

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