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Faithnotes: September 19, 2014

BE-attitudes: Part 2 Matthew 5:3-12 Living out the Sermon on the Mount can be costly, just ask the guy with the bloodstained donkey saddle! Preachers have to preach sermons. They must begin on Sunday evenings reading the scriptures, noting the settings and the contexts, noticing the unique details and narrative twists. They have to start the preparation process early be...

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Faithnotes: August 22, 2014

No Free Lunches! "There are no free lunches!" These pointed words of life-preparatory advice have echoed down through many generations as parents seek to motivate youngsters, employers seek to stimulate employees, and professors seek to educate learners. "There are no free lunches!" Butthat has not ALWAYS been the case. I'll bet that after a while, even the simple task o...

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Faithnotes: May 30, 2014

Live As Immoveable "I have written to you briefly, exhorting and declaring that this IS the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!" 1 Peter 5:12 A bad day for me is when my 2nd vehicle is scratched in the parking lot as I follow my grandson through 18 holes of state golf tournament competition. I've got to be blunt, I have no idea how to read 1 Peter with my middle-Americ...

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Faithnotes: April 18, 2014

A Man Hard to Offend John was not offended. John was forever blessed! Meteoric fame and unquenchable gospel boldness took him from the freedom of the open wilderness to the darkness of the dungeon. Just three decades into his life and only months into his career, suddenly the booming voice was silenced. Being too busy to sit in on the "Friendship Evangelism" seminar and ...

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Faithnotes: April 11, 2014

You ALONE Can Rescue #Rescue2014 Have you ever said that word? Has the pit of your stomach, the ache of your heart stirred your lips to form that word? The weight of the boot of Rome was heavy on their necks. The shame of oppression and occupation was more than they could carry. The rituals of their religion left their hearts cold and hungry. The pit of their stomach an...

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Faithnotes: April 4, 2014

How to Get Along Even When You're Not The art of doing marriage God's way 1 Peter 3:1-9 Marriage relationships are hard because sin is real. Even "ideal" marriages face trials and struggles. No sooner had the ceremony ended and suddenly the glow of new marriage faded. She brought him lunch and the story of human history took a horrible turn toward disaster. He blamed h...

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Faithnotes: March 28, 2014

God, give the Church more marriages like this one! This hard-working, faithful, serving couple raises the bar for all who follow. God, give the Church more marriages like this one! Together they were fully devoted to the Word. They embraced its every truth and made it a priority to rightly apply what they learned. The "order of creation" and their distinctive roles and r...

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Faithnotes: March 21, 2014

Can This Marriage Be Saved? It cries out for pity. Any normal human heart would be moved to at least SOME measure of compassion. A newborn baby girl simply discarded in blood-soiled rags, crying by the edge of the road. Her parents had hoped for a son and received a girl instead, so they left here there to be taken in by another or even simply to die. It cries out for pi...

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Faithnotes: March 7, 2014

Father of the Bride Genesis 2:21-22 It really WAS a funny movie, and it was cheap, too! Thanksgiving afternoon and the family thought it would be "fun" to all go together to a movie. Especially good idea if Dad was paying! So, being the generous spoiler of kids that I am, I said I would take everyone to whatever movie they could agree onat the Starship Theatre ($1.75 per...

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Faithnotes: February 28, 2014

March Mayhem: Marriage on Mission Spoiler Alert! All during the Sochi 2014 Olympics my phone news updates began with this warning: Spoiler Alert! The idea being, if you wanted to enjoy the replay of the day's competitions and live in the anxiety of suspense, read no further. So here's your warning: If you want to sit through the next several weeks of Sunday Gatherings at...

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Faithnotes: February 21, 2014

A Bold Case for Joining the Children's Ministry Team! #Rescue2014 "God gloriously and graciously saved me from drug addiction, alcohol, adulteryat age six years old!" I was shocked, TOO, when I read that line! As evangelicals, we seem to have become "addicted" to testimonies of rescuing grace that require incredible levels of depraved behavior so as to make more gloriou...

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Faithnotes: February 14, 2014

Evidences of Rescue "If I walk the talk, it's a saving faith I possess." It jumps out in the middle of the text. It really sets you back on your heels. You see it and sort of skim over it, but something about it draws you back to "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons ALSO believe, and shudder"-James 2:19. There it is! From the pen of the half brother of...

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Faithnotes: January 31, 2014

#Rescue2014 "Making men, not moving people"the mission of Christ's Church in the world, or as Pastor Hybels states it, "The Church is the hope of the World." In her the Lord has vested the only message of life that can rescue lost peoples. To this Church the Lord Jesus Christ commands, "Go into all the world and make disciples"Matthew 28:20 So, where do we begin? What is...

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Faithnotes: January 24, 2014

Rescue We win! Thought it would be good to start with the finish line. Now the era of DVR not only lets us skip the commercials (not the Super Bowl ones!) and experience the event even if we missed its live occurrence. BUTit also creates a new tension. Someone who actually SAW the live program may slip up and tell us who won and by how much they won, BEFORE we get to liv...

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Faithnotes: January 17, 2014

#foundhome1 Peter 2:25 "You were strayingbut have now returned" Sometimes the "prodigal" stays home You love the story. It might actually be YOUR story! Frustrated second born Claustrophobic under family restraints Antsy for "worldly" experience Enabling parent Bag of cash "I'm outta here!" departure As the rebel leaves the "nest" his eyes are wide with anticipation an...

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Faithnotes: January 3, 2014

Church, I am hesitant to simply "cut and paste" faithNOTES and thus become lazy in my own thinking, processing and shepherding. But sometimes God brings a useful word across my path that simply must be shared. So to encourage us to approach 2014 with intentionality, I give you these insightful resources from Dr. Donald Whitney. I trust that 2014 WILL be the greatest year o...

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