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The Suffering Church

The Suffering Church - Web

C. S. Lewis was once asked if the righteous suffer. "Why not?" he said. "They are the only ones who can handle it." The Bible is very clear that the righteous suffer alongside the wicked. It minces no words in explaining that believers suffer right alongside non-believers. 2 Timothy 3:12 says, "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Phili...

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Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5;1-11

The word "commitment" has fallen on hard times today. For example, statistics tell us that four out of ten marriages end in divorce, the average person holds up to 15 different jobs, and they move a staggering 12 times before finally settling down somewhere. And Christians are no different. It has been said that the average Christian has two kids, two cars, one house, one ...

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Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10;9-10

Who can join the church? The answer to that question is simple: Christians. Christians can join the church. But how can you tell if someone is a Christian? The answer to that question is simple too: confession. Romans 10:9 says, "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." But what does...

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Who Can Lead the Church

Who Can Lead the Church

Who can lead the church? The famous Methodist preacher, John Wesley once said, "Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth." His point was that the right men will always make the right church....

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Matthew 13:24-30

Matthew 13;24-30

Have you ever wondered why the church is so messy? The story is told of a mom who woke her son up on a Sunday morning to tell him it was time for church. He responded by saying that he did not want to go. So she said in response: "But, Honey, you have to go. You are the pastor!" I think we have all experienced that from time-to-time. We have all wanted to stay in bed rathe...

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Easter 2017

Easter 2017

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss-born philosopher in the 1700's who had little patience for traditional religion. His views on the subject would eventually lead to the French Revolution and the temporary abolishment of all religion in that country. However, in one of his works, Rousseau surprisingly said, "If Socrates died like a philosopher, Jesus Christ died like a God....

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1 Corinthians 12

1 Corinthians 12

In my studies today, I came across a poem that really summarizes what thisSunday's sermonis allabout. It is called "The Perfect Church." "I think that I shall never seeA church that's all that it should be;A church whose members never strayBeyond the straight and narrow way; A church that has no empty pewsWhose preacher never sings the blues;A church whose deacons always...

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The Church & the Parachurch

The Church & the Parachurch

Several years ago, a philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University contacted several of his fellow professors to ask them what the meaning of life was. Here was their response: "I do not know the meaning of life." "I do not think there is an answer to the question, what is the meaning of life." "I have never found the meaning of life." "I'm afraid the meaning of...

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Matthew 25:14-46

Matthew 25;14-46

Several years ago, a friend of mine was sitting on a plane next to a missionary and a volunteer from the Bill Gates Foundation. As he listened to them talk about their work in Africa, he realized that they sounded very much the same. They both built wells. They both taught locals how to read and write. They both provided health care, dental care, and counsel. "What's the d...

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Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Recently, Lifeway Christian Research did a study where it was found that 37 percent of people who leave churches do so because they cannot get along with other Christians. In other words, they cannot make peace, which is so sad because Matthew 5:9 says: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" and 1 Thessalonians 5:13 says: "Live in peace with ea...

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