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The Tears of Jesus

I think he cried. I know that the most famous of Christmas hymns declares that He did not. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes.The little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes Poetic, colorful, like one o...

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A Crib and A Cross

Cold, Frankincense and Brrrrrr!!!!! These are the symbols of Christmas 2013! Symbols summarize the season. Clean straw covering the floor and pure white wrapping around a fat-cheeked baby who is looking lovingly up toward his mommy. A baby bed constructed in an "X"-shaped style which is holding that cuddly bundle. Curious farm animals standing a respectable distance ...

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Silent Suffering Servant

Silent Suffering Servant1 Peter 2:18-25 Sometimes you just have to hang on.Sometimes it's all you can DO to hang on.Sometimes it's all you CAN do to hang on.Sometimes you just have to. 46-year-old Henry Dempster had his hands full! The commercial pilot on a routine flight from Lewiston to Boston was mystified by an unusual noise in the rear of the plane so turned the con...

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Little Gratitude, Much Grace

Little Gratitude, Much Grace Luke 17:11-19 "No-man's-land"...the place where the intersection of conflicted cultures rarely intermingles. It was there that ten desperately needy men found "fellowship." They found a common groundin their desperate need. Then came Jesus. On His way south to the "city of God" He was passing through "no-man's-land." Hearing their cries for ...

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Staying On Target Under Fire

Staying On Target Under Fire1 Peter 2:11-17 We left our son at a remote ranch someplace in Wyoming and drove away on a rainy morning. There comes that inevitable moment when all your investment, all your instruction, all your parenting is put out there under the light for others to see. That frightening event where you place the product of your parenting out there and st...

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The Offense and Defense

Alien Nation: The Offense and Defense1 Peter 2:9-12 You ARE going to be shot at. Just don't provide the ammo! The great preacher from Dallas, Texas, Tony Evans, described it like this:"Remember the old cowboys and Indians shows, and how the cowboys would circle their wagons when the attack came and from the inside of that circle they would shoot at the Indians with their...

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A Man Called “Peter”

A Man Called "Peter"1 Peter 1:1 "John and Sons Fresh Fish" Perhaps mom supervised the market while the men cleaned up from the night of labor. They were hard-working, solid "blue-collar" folk. The kind of people every small village was proud to have. Right neighborly people but their "clock" ticked on a different schedule. Night people mostly, work all nightsleep all day...

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Faith On Mission

Matthew 28:18-20 / Acts 1:8 / 2:42-47 "Unbelievers aren't impressed by our doctrine. What they look for is beauty in community. They have the right to do so!"Ray Orlund, Jr. There was once a community of believers who were so totally devoted to God that their life together was charged by the Spirit's power. They loved each other with radical love. They laughed and cried ...

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Who Locked HIM Out?!?

"Who Locked HIM Out?!?"Revelation 3:14-22 Flattery has become the currency of advancement. In a world that awards ribbons for participation, the last thing anyone is prepared to hear is truthunadorned, non-cosmeticized honesty! Young William endured the sermon, only half-heartedly engaged. But suddenly his attention was arrested when the pastor declared, "Cast aside all ...

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Who Left The Door Open?!?

Who Left The Door Open?!?Rev 3:7-13 To the challenged but faithful congregation in the city of brotherly love, Christ declared, "I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut"Rev 3:8 Simply reading the text brought a smile to my face. I wish that I had read that back in my childhood days! It reminded me of the home in which I grew up. Seems the fact th...

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