Spiritual Growth

Standing Firm: Resolving Conflict As Kingdom Citizens

On January 30th, 1945, Company B, 15th Regiment, 3rd Infantry was attacked by a superior German force outside the city of Holdwihr, France.  Six tanks and 250 German infantry advanced on about 100 American soldiers.  The American force took heavy casualties, and First Lt. Audie Murphy ordered his troops to retreat to the nearby forest…

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AN URGENT WARNING TO HEAVEN’S CITIZENS

A person becomes an automatic citizen of a country by birth. Our first child born in Africa was Austin.  He was born in the Kalalushi Mine Hospital.  After Austin was born the hospital gave us a hospital report of birth.  We took that report to the Office of Births and Deaths in Lusaka and received a…

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The People God Uses To Serve His Church

Today in our text Philippians 2:19-30, we see the people God uses to serve His church. The context helps us understand the environment of the people Paul is writing to.  Paul is calling the Philippian Christians to behave as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ (1:27). Philippi was a Roman colony with a population of…

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WORKING OUT YOUR SALVATION

When light comes in, darkness scurries away. Light and darkness are mortal enemies, they cannot stay together in one place. Just as east is opposite of west, so light and darkness are mutually exclusive. Darkness is nothingness. Darkness is the absence of light. You once lived in darkness… maybe you still do. You lived in…

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ONE PLEA – Glorify God With Your Life

We have all been guilty of offering habitual prayers, or even casual prayers. You know, the kind of thoughtless prayers like “Lord bless all the missionaries today.” I will never forget the night Carman was born. It was 9:30 in the evening on April 8, 2002 when Lori said that she thought it was time.…

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Building A Life of Stewardship

  What do you own that you did not receive?  You might respond, “But I have worked hard to gain what I now possess!”  Where did you get the ability to learn what you now know that allows you to work hard?  Where did you get the health and strength to carry out the tasks?…

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God As The Refiner

Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness. Background of Malachi:  Malachi was written to the Levites or to the priests because they had lost…

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The Calling of the Church

Back in 2010 I received an envelope in the mail from our local courthouse.  Inside was a letter stating I was being summoned to appear at the courthouse on a specific date for a specific purpose – to serve as a member of the jury of fellow citizens who would decide the guilt or innocence…

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The Beginnings of Despair

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. The way down to despair is always predictable and preventable. Just as there is a way down, there is also a way out!! We don’t have…

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The Root Of Our Problems

Today we want to discover how to unmask the source of your noise.  Our text is found in II Peter 1:2–3. 2 Pe 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto…

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