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August 6th James 1:12-18 “The Two Battles with Temptation”

Dear Sisters and Brothers, One of the necessary parts of childhood was school.  One of the most stressful parts of school was testing.  From spelling bees, to history quizzes to fitness tests in Physical education, to mid-terms, finals, and placement tests, there were a lot of stressful times there.  I know many people who still have dreams of walking…

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August 3rd Romans 13:8-10 “Love Fulfills The Law”

Notes: We have been informed that Robert Miller, a former member of the church, who has spent the last few decades in Texas, has passed away.  Our prayers are with his family and friends.  Another Note:  Today’s message goes further than yesterday’s sermon preached in our parking lot.  God gives us a path to making good decisions, but this…

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August 2nd Sermon on the Mount: Conclusion

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  The Sermon on the Mount concludes with the parable of “the wise and foolish builders.”  As parables go, it is very easy to understand, because Jesus spells out the meaning of its metaphor very clearly.  Matthew 7: 24-39  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise…

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August 1st The Sermon on the Mount “False and Misled Christians Who Sell Hatred and Fear”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  The Sermon on the Mount concludes with an additional warning about false prophets and then a very well-known parable (which we will get to tomorrow).  Again, we don’t expect that Jesus taught the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount just once, but they are things that he repeated as he went from village to…

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July 30th The Sermon on the Mount “Guidance from Jesus About Sharing, Praying, and Doing”

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  Every now and then, preachers will come across a text that looks difficult, uncomfortable, or simply very different than other texts.  Today, we get a verse that may have been inserted into the Sermon on the Mount because Jesus said it, but they didn’t have a better place to insert it.  Not only that, but…

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July 27th Sermon on the Mount: Dealing with Anxiety

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  It’s a good thing that mice fear cats.  It’s a good thing that crossing a busy road is frightening.  Fear is an emotion that helps to keep us safe from the things of the world that could easily hurt us.  Fire, firearms, explosions, tornados, sharp knives, poisonous chemicals, dilapidated old buildings and sheer cliffs should…

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