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What is Wisdom

Continuing with the topic of wisdom as portrayed in the book of Proverbs, we need to understand that true wisdom is God’s gift to us. Wisdom resides with God and He freely shares it as we seek Him and follow Him. It does not come from man’s intellect. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19a, 20b Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God… “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile. What wisdom we have comes from above.

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Wisdom

If you are looking for a daily bible reading, one suggestion is to read one chapter of Proverbs a day and each month you will read the entire book. This daily reading can be incorporated into any other bible reading plan you are currently using.

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Does It Matter?

Why would the bible tell us what sort of things to think about? Do we need ‘thought police?” In the mid-1960s Mao Zedong saw independent thought as the enemy of his Chinese revolution. Can’t we think what we want, after all our thoughts are secret and no one needs to know.

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Tell the Truth

I’ve mentioned truth in past communiques, but today I want us to see it from an individual perspective, because truth is vital for a healthy emotional and consequently physical life. Pr. 23:7 As a (man) thinks within himself, so he is. This is saying our feelings, passions and behavior are subject to and conditioned by what we think, i.e., by what we believe to be true.

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A Time for War

We are all born with God given talents and gifts including musicians (1 Samuel 16:18, 23; 1 Chronicles 23:5, 25:7), Artisans (1 Kings 5:8-9), hunter (Genesis 25:27), Jeweler Exodus 35:33), Engraver (Exodus 35:35), Sage (1 King 4:29-34), Athlete (Judges 13-16), Songwriter (Exodus 2:48), Civil Ruler (Genesis 41:41-42, Acts 18:26, Nehemiah 5:14, Daniel 2:48),

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In Spite Of

n a world that is saturated in negative news, people on one side of the moral and political spectrum vilifying their opponents’ beliefs and opinions, it becomes easier to be critical of our own thoughts and behavior or lack of. Where does that end; it doesn’t until we are defeated. It robs us of joy and peace not to mention truth.

King David, after his selfish blunder with another man’s wife, Bathsheba, comes under great conviction for his immoral action and

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Not By Might

Some of you remember the difficulty organizing and rebuilding the church after it was set on fire July 3, 2000. Plans were needed, money financed, construction company secured and of course

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Peace

Pilot Knob Lutheran          Peace                  5/8/2024 We hear a lot today about wars: Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Hamas, the potential war between China and

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Privacy?

Pilot Knob Lutheran          Privacy?                  5/1/2024 America is losing her privacy through the advancement of technology. Technology makes it possible to ‘spy’ on individuals, collect

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Wipe Out Israel

Considering recent events in Israel, Iran’s attack with missiles, drones and ballistic missiles, Psalm 83 comes to mind. It is a psalm of national lament in which the author, Asaph, prays for the LORD to intervene against her enemies.

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Before the Storm

We are entering the time of year known as tornado season. Tornadoes bring much damage, fear, and disrupt the normal routine of a heathy life. Even if a tornado doesn’t visit your town, severe storms can have similar results.

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Strength for Today

I want us to step into the shoes of another person and look at their world through their eyes. This unnamed individual has little or no religious education; there is no God, or at best one that is absent and unknown.  The world came into existence through blind chance as did all life. It has no purpose and history is simply repeating itself. Life consists of doing the best you can, doing what good you can for others and at the end of life you cease to exist.

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God is Merciful

God Is Merciful. Sometimes I forget, Lord, that You are merciful, offering pardon instead of just condemnation. Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (Isa. 30:18)

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Jesus’ death in the Old Testament

Last week we discovered the truth about a future resurrection in the Old Testament from the book of Job.
 
Today, as we approach Good Friday, is there anything in the Old Testament about Jesus (Messiah) being crucified? Yes.

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Old Testament and Jesus

In eleven days, we will be celebrating one of the most important Chrisitan holidays of the year, Easter. It is then that we read or hear the resurrection accounts in the four gospels and 1 Corinthians 15. Rarely if at all is the OT referenced, yet the OT refers a great deal to the Messina’s resurrection, suffering and crucifixion without recording the name of Jesus or the word cross.

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Pray to Bless

Is there more to total forgiveness? Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. We are to pray and ask God to bless those who hurt us, and those who persecute us. This is truly the key that sets us free.

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No Pay Back

Continuing with how do we know if we truly forgave, we consider Joseph’s concern for his brothers, thus far unrepentant and continuing to lie. Genesis 45:2 (Joseph) wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it. These are tears of compassion; remember he had been holding back his identity and now no longer could. The last thing he wanted to do was to have his brothers fear him.

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Forgive – Don’t Tell

Joseph, the man who had every reason to be bitter and angry was on God’s anvil shaping his character to be used later to serve the nation of Israel and alter the course of history.

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Letting Go

Recently I was asked, “How can I tell if I have truly forgiven?” Good question! Forgiveness usually is not instant.

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Incomparable

I would like to share a devotional that is very touching and encouraging written by, Julie Sunne, the daughter-in-law of Ruth Sunne. Julie has published a book due to come out in May of this year entitled: Sometimes I Forget.

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Clenched Fist or Open Hand?

When you read through the book of 1 Chronicles, near the end of the book you come to long lists of people King David put in charge regarding the temple his son Solomon would build. The author mentions the material resources collected, duties of Levites, priests, family leaders, musicians, division of gate keepers and so on. In other words, it makes for less than interesting reading, and we tend to skip past these chapters and go somewhere else and read.

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Lunatic, Liar, or Lord

The well-known author and atheist C.S. Lewis set out to disprove Christianity, like so many before him. Unlike many others he was willing to do his homework with diligence and determination only to discover that there truly is a God – the God of the bible and gave his life to Jesus Christ. As a result, Lewis became a rabid defender of the Christian faith. 

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Help with Problems

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Wisdom

You’ve probably met people who think they know it all. Perhaps we’ve fallen into that category at some point. We all know or should know that we do not know it all. Only God knows everything.

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Self-Image

In light of last week’s communique, ‘New or Improved,’ I want to say, God does not create junk!! Therefore, there is no room for telling yourself or another they are worthless or no good. On the other hand, the choices made and lifestyle chosen can lead to a worthless or wasted life, but that does not mean you or someone is worthless.

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New or Improved

I was wondering what to write about to begin a New Year and I thought of, “What’s New for the new year?” But that’s all the further it went. As time went on my thoughts turned to a topic most people wrestle with and in turn influences what is new for the new year. I would like us to consider thinking about a new or improved self-image, or self-esteem.

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Anna the Witness

At the temple on the day of dedication was an elderly prophetess, Anna who prayed, fasted, and worshipped God for many years. She too was privileged to see the savior and hear the message of Simeon.

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Miner Key

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:19-21

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His Destiny

There is a second part to Simeon’s message. Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” These words indicate the type of life he will experience, one of rejection, hate, misunderstanding, and betrayal. Only after his resurrection will many understand and believe while others will grow in their rejection of his identity and ministry. As a parent you know how it feels when one of your children suffers at the hands of bullies or when they become sick. It hurts, and you would like to take away their pain or take it upon yourself rather than have them suffer. So, Jesus’ mother would experience great and many sorrows until Easter morning when her eyes would be opened and come to realize the true identity and mission of her first-born Son.

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Open Our Eyes This Advent

After the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. This was a common practice for new parents as they were also offering the required sacrifice for purification.

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Give Thanks

How is it possible for some people, and we are all vulnerable, to receive an act or gift of kindness and still find some facet to complain about it. Well, it shows our true nature – selfish and sinful. It also tells us something about our times.

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Encourage One Another

The season of the church year is the End Times. Prior to advent the focus is on the coming of the Messiah – the second and last time. There is a lot of talk about how the current Israeli war and newspaper headlines are reflecting the fulfillment of end time prophecy. We need to get our head out of current events that try to establish a biblical time-line. Paul reminds believers to encourage one another about the promise of Jesus’ return, not trying to map it out.

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Self-Talk

What we think and tell ourselves matter. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  When it comes to worry, anxiety is lurking in the shadows. Anxiety is distress or uneasiness in our minds due to worry over a possible misfortune. It makes our heart race, palms sweat, and raises our blood pressure.

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WWIII?

To say we are living in turbulent and uncertain times is an understatement. The eyes of the world are fixated on Israel’s war for survival against the satanic attack of Hamas and all its allies. We wonder if this will precipitate World War III, what will the United States, or should I say, the Divided States, do and so on. Also, on the minds of some people is whether this war leads to the “final war of Armageddon” spoken of in Revelation and elsewhere. The current world events can cause worry, panic, negative thinking, and despair. However, we must remind ourselves that Jesus told his disciples: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.

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Relatives

We all have relatives; immediate family and distant cousins. Immediate family we usually associate with more often. Our emotions also have relatives.  I’ve been writing about worry, and

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Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”We are all shocked with the horrific brutality brought upon innocent Israeli citizens by terrorists who have no compassion, but only hate for Israel and America: Jews and Christians. Israel has had to deal with conflict, war,

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Concern

We looked at the difference between worry and concern last week and saw that worry is always future oriented about ‘what-ifs’ that do not materialize 85% of the time. Concern on the other hand acknowledges the problem at hand and tries to come up with an action plan where possible. Which one makes more sense to funnel energy into? 

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Worry or…..?

I mentioned last week we have the choice to worry over situations that are out of our control or we can be concerned about the unknown with the assurance that we are not alone.

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You have a decision to make!

It doesn’t take long to discover a universal emotion we all wrestle with from our earliest days on earth: worry. We worry because of life’s many uncertainties. There are times we all feel vulnerable and not in control. What does this lead to? Worry.

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God Knows!

Does anyone know everything about you? Your spouse would be the one who comes closest, but everything? I doubt it. Sometimes we are afraid to let people know us completely. After all, if they knew our sinful, selfish, and corrupt side we may be rejected. We naturally reveal our best actions and intentions and not the one’s generated by our fallen nature.

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Burning Man

Have you heard of the “Burning Man” before now? Hard not to with the recent flooding at Black Rock City. Heavy rains flooded the 400 square mile desert, stranding some 70k attendees who paid anywhere from $575 to over one thousand dollars for the week-long festival. It originated on June 21, 1986 in San Francisco on Baker Beach and has grown ever since.

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What is Love?

It is interesting to note that Jesus’ first recorded miracle was changing water into wine at a wedding celebration. Jewish weddings were elaborate events with a great deal of excitement celebrating the promises and union of a man and a woman who pledge their lives to each other and promises to each other, and their faithfulness to God

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Distressed?

Distress, we all experience it at some point in life and probably more than once. Distress is defined as; “Great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering.” It appears to be the norm now days with all that is happening in our government, economy, health system and international turmoil.

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Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

He wrote: “I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time…

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What is Love?

“What this world needs more of is love. If people would just be more loving. There is too much hate in our world, a little love would go a long way.” Do you hear comments like this? This begs the question, what is love? Is it giving someone your approval?

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AI Bible?! 

Is AI, artificial insemination, artificial intelligence, or a city in ancient Canaan? All three. The dangerous one is Artificial Intelligence. We use it to get directions on our smart phones, or when texting and words are suggested prior to typing them. Very helpful. However, in the minds of some, AI is capable of rewriting the bible, among other things.

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Train Up a Child

Wouldn’t it be great to simply teach children the right things in life and know that they will adhere to them especially when they are on their own?

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” This is often taken as a fool proof way of keeping children in the Christian faith.

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What Not To Teach

We know education is important for all ages, especially young children as they are developing their worldview, learning right from wrong and why. We also saw that the bible has a lot to say about teaching, training, learning and so on. All of us are teachers by communicating our values through how we live each day. We learn more by what is caught than by what is taught.  What we truly believe will show through our actions.

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Education

When the nation of Judah fell to King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC many of its citizens were deported to Babylon. Daniel was one such person at a young age. He and others were chosen due to several factors (1:3-4) to serve in the king’s palace. However, Daniel had to spend three years learning and studying the Babylonian language and culture.

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Good Ground

“He who has ears, let him hear.” Have your ears been working this past week? We considered three types of soil not producing any yield. What farmer would plant that brand of seed again? He would probably try something different.

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Thistles!?

atthew 13:22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

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Rocks Everywhere!

Last week we learned of seed falling on ground that was a hard pathway and it had no chance of growing as the devil came and removed the seed.

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The Path Way 

Last week we were introduced to ‘farming,’ that is, sowing the truth about God from the parable of the Sower where the seed fell on four types of soil, that is four conditions of the heart.

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Time to Plant

By the time you read this most if not all local farmers will have their fields planted. Whether planting corn or beans with an eight or twenty-four row planter the seeds are not wasted. They are perfectly spaced by depth and distance with technology that also provides analysis of soil and needed amenities, one is sure to yield a harvest this Fall.

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What is the Probability?

Easter was not that long ago so we can remember that there was prophecy surrounding many of the events leading up to Jesus’ arrest, trial, death, resurrection, and ascension. In fact, some scholars count a total of 332 distinct predictions in the Old Testament which were literally fulfilled in Christ.

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Can I Believe It

I make one assumption when writing communiques and that is; the bible is the very word of God from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. It does not contain God’s word, it is God’s word without error in all it says and teaches. However, many do not hold to this assumption and we must ask, is the bible reliable? If not, put it in a museum and leave it there or better yet in the trash.

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How can I know for certain?

Over the past year or so I have visited with a man who was battling stage four cancer in three different organs. At times he was making good progress and was hopeful with chemo and surgery. However, while cancer in one area responded to treatment other areas of cancer did not. Finally, the decision was made after available treatments were exhausted to simply quit all treatment and let the cancer take its course. This is a scenario we hear of all too often.

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Opportunities

Acts 8:29-31 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

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Illiteracy and Control

Illiteracy was wide spread in Europe centuries before Christians fled to America to escape persecution. Along with illiteracy the bible was not available in their language. Consequently, Christian leaders taught that the bible required both the state and church to rule its citizens with a heavy hand. The common citizen didn’t know what the bible taught and could not learn otherwise.

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No More Tears

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

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Ride On

The Sunday prior to Easter is Palm Sunday. That is the day Jesus proclaimed through his actions that he was the fulfillment of Old Testament Messianic prophecies and that he was indeed the long-awaited Messiah, the very Son of God.

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What Might God Say? 

In my chronological bible reading I’ve come to the book of Revelation and the letters to the seven churches. Revelation 2:1 “To the angel of the

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All Talk?

Have you ever read this verse and thought, how can we stop sinning, is it even possible to stop? If it is not possible, John says we are not in Him and therefore lost. That is not very encouraging.

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Deception

I ended last week’s message with the rhetorical question, are the natural and manmade disasters the worst that can happen, even war? As bad as they are as listed in Matthew 24, it is interesting that Jesus first says: Matthew 24:4a “Watch out that no one deceives you. Perhaps deception is

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Where is our focus?

Isaiah was right when he said: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20.

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Revival?!

I’m taking a break from my miniseries on the snake in the grass to report some very good news if you haven’t heard, revival. Something many Christians have been praying for, for decades. How far will it reach, how long will it last, how will it change America and beyond no one knows , only time will tell.  What can we do? Pray that God would pour out his Spirit of revival on North Iowa colleges, universities, and churches. I know there will be skeptics and nay sayers, do not be one, pray for revival.  Read the few clips I copied and be encouraged. When God begins something no one can stop it.

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The Look of Faith

Last week we discovered the antivenom for snake bites delivering the “sting of death.” It was the brass serpent lifted up on a pole. Like the ancient Hebrews we too have been stung with the ‘sting of death’ and it leads to eternal death if ignored or with improper treatment. The antivenom for sin is nothing but the blood of Jesus as he was lifted up on a cross and paid the price for our sin – death. Galatians 3:22 Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  

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The Healing Snake

Last week we looked at an epidemic of snake bites leaving many to die a slow and painful death. The Hebrews cried out to Moses for God to stop them, but He did not, instead He instructed Moses to do something. He was instructed to set up a pole, fashion a brass serpent and place it on the pole. The only thing required was for those who had gotten the sting of death were to look at it for the venom’s antidote. That’s it, look at the bronze snake on a pole and live! God was gracious by providing a simple physical healing and salvation from certain death. The only requirement was obedience to God’s word. Simple, right? I wonder how many obeyed. Perhaps some thought it was a joke or too simple. How would looking at a brass snake do anything?

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Complaining Spirit 

When outside there is something we do not need to fear this time of the year. During the spring when the sun is warm, the snow has receded, the ground has thawed and life bursts forth after a long cold winter it is not uncommon when walking through the grass, flower bed or garden to see a legless reptile slithering away. For many the sight of a snake strikes fear and panic in their minds. Even though garter snakes are harmless, how might you respond to a dangerous snake such as a cobra, rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin or coral snake. Any of those would catch our attention.

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Marks of True Faith

Reputation: a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, or reliability. (Dictionary.com) A reputation is something that is established over time with consistency, but can be tarnished in no time flat.

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What will it take?

What will it take for some people to believe that Jesus is God, the savior of the world; to believe he is the way, the truth, and the life?  Will it take a sign, an answered prayer, a vision, or a miracle? Would an unbeliever recognize a sign or a miracle; after all it could be a coincidence or luck. Perhaps the best sign and miracle of all would be someone rising from the dead.

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Are You Thirsty? 

We all know what it is to be hungry and thirsty. Our stomachs and mouths tell us when to eat and drink. We also know what happens when we do not eat or drink. People in third world countries experiencing starvation or malnutrition show signs of sickness, child development is hindered and many more problems often resulting in death.

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God Knows

Psalm 139:1-3 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways

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Now We Wait!   

Christmas is over for another year, the gifts are still new, some toys broken and thoughts drifting toward a new year. How easy it is to move from two months of preparing for Christmas to leaving it behind and moving on. Was His birth a flash in the pan and now it is business as usual?

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Wise Men?

Matthew 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The wise men are truly an enigma. Who were they, why did they come in search of a king, and why didn’t they know where to look? Were they truly wise and were there only three?

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HOPE

People die from the lack of oxygen. A severe drought can create a famine and people will die from the lack of food. We can live only so long without water and we will die from dehydration. These are obvious to us all. What may not be so obvious is that people die from the lack of hope. Hope is essential for life; without it all seems lost.

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Naughty or Nice 

We are told as children that Santa knows if we are naughty or nice and that determines if we would receive Christmas presents. I guess, probably like you, that you were good each year because you received gifts. Well, I know better, I was not good most of the time especially as a teenager.

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Gratitude and Health

With the table spread with food, drinks, and dessert it should make us pause for thanks that we have so much with great variety. We can still go to the store and buy whatever is needed on short notice. With loaming food shortages and high fuel costs driving up food production and transportation costs we should have greater appreciation and not assume everything we want will always be at our finger tips. We have become increasingly aware of the long chain of events that take place from planting to our family table. It does not take much to disrupt the chain and cause shortages.

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Justice is Coming

“The day of judgment is coming”: it may seem like a long wait for justice and we may be tempted to give up, but at the right time all who are not righteous, i.e., one who does not follow Jesus Christ will come into fiery judgment, burned up like straw, but not consumed. The final judgment does not eliminate the wicked so as not to exist. The fiery judgment will last for eternity, inflicting pain and suffering with no relief. Vs. 2 mentions roots and branches referring to the final end, no life, no rebirth, no second chance; like Roundup that kills the root, the unrighteous have no hope.

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Spiritual Preparation

Sunday morning church is not simply worship, it is also spiritual preparation. Through worship, prayer, teaching, and assimilating God’s word we are drawn close to Him, and our confidence, and faith are strengthened. The more we learn the better equipped we are to understand local, national, and global events.

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Justice and Truth

However, does the bible have anything to say about politics and government? Yes! Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed for in the image of God has God made mankind.

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Deception

I mentioned two weeks ago Jude 4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Nothing has changed in 2000 years; Satan continues to war against the truth and sends wolves in sheep’s clothing into churches to deceive and divide. The only variable is what part of the truth will come under attack.

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Hanging in there

If you’ve ever used a pressure cooker you know nothing happens inside as soon as the heat is turned on. However, it isn’t long before the heat builds giving way to a build up of pressure, enough to move the weight on top and relieve the pressure so it wouldn’t blow up; life’s circumstances can be that way. The ‘heat’ is what irritates or causes hardship. These can cause stress to build up within us and if we aren’t careful we can blow, or we can find ways to releave the pressure.

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Devotion to God

What is it that God wants from you? A perfect life? Devotion to your church? Giving half your money away? Becoming a missionary to Africa or Los Angeles? No!

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Draw Near 

What is the greatest commandment that fulfills all others? “Love the LORD you God with all your heart. . .” Genuine love is what fuels endurance, and perseverance; it’s what enables one to take risks, face difficulties and carry burdens. A true lover is willing to suffer for the one he loves, but an admirer may not be so willing. There are a lot of people in and out of church that are admirers of Jesus, but few who truly love Him with everything they have.

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Another Test?

Tests were not my favorite thing in school or college. At times they were very difficult and required a lot of studying and hard work which in the end usually paid off. I was ‘happy as a lark’ when I finally received my degree and tests were a thing of the past, or so I thought.

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Offended by God?!

Any number of life events can cause grief, discouragement, disappointment and unrealized or unrealistic expectations. When this happens, we may not sense Gods strength, joy or even his presence. This can chip away at our faith and we ask; how can a loving God allow such a thing to happen? The more we pray the worse it gets!

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Desire Heaven   

I want to continue with overcoming actions based on fear. I said earlier to develop a reverent fear of God and develop a proper perspective that this world is temporary and there will come an eternity.

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An Awakening

We listen, we see and experience the evil and darkness intrude and usurp our freedom and destroy biblical principles that were the hallmark of our

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Expectations

Expectations abound! There are expectations at work, expectations in community organizations, expectations at home, school, sports and so on. There are times when we become

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Dynamite

“I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Strange words coming from one who went out of his way to kill and imprison innocent Christians who

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Wedding Wine

John2, 7-8, 11 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and

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The New Year

I don’t’ know about you, but 2021 went by very fast and was filled with unpleasant changes. Will 2022 be any better? Only time will

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The Virgin Birth, a Spoof!?

What would you say if you were told the virgin birth is superstition, a leap of faith, evidence that conservative Christians are less intellectual and

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Christmas Questions

In ten days, we will be celebrating the most significant holiday in history, the incarnation that gives hope to all. Most of us think we

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It’s Supernatural!

                In societies like Israel, a woman’s value was largely measured by her ability to bear children. To be without children often resulted in

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God Can Use Anyone

When God intervenes in earthly affairs, he almost always tells someone somehow what he is doing. (Perhaps always, I don’t know.) I do know that

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Appreciation Day

Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to expressing appreciation. A holiday not about us, not about national achievements or victories, but focusing outside ourselves to the

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The Survivor

You may be familiar with the TV series, Survivor; “a reality-competition featuring a group of contestants deliberately marooned in an isolated location, where they must

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The Unexpected

Two weeks ago, I talked about making lemon-aid out of life’s lemons; when unforeseen storms come out of nowhere, challenges we can’t prepare for blindside

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Lemon Aid

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight You’ve

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Be An Encourager

In any given day we get enough news and have enough experiences that are discouraging. Seldom do we hear good news concerning our society or

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Overcoming Worry

Last week we saw that we have a choice to worry or not to worry. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Cast means

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Fear Enslaves

I heard it said recently that two things are needed to bring about socialism to America: fear and free stuff from the government. Sounds like

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What is Needed

Last week we saw that the Disciples ‘little faith’ was unable to carry out an exorcism, something Jesus gave them authority to do. (Mark 6:12).

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Mustard Seed Faith

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move

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THE BENEFIT OF TOUCH

Numerous times Jesus touched people even when it would make him ceremonially unclean. He touched a man with leprosy and was healed Mt. 8:3. Jesus

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Responding to Change

Last week I mentioned that life involves change, and with that come events we didn’t ask for, that makes life difficult. While change is a

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CHANGE

We have no idea what tomorrow will bring. We can only manage what comes today. We may plan for tomorrow only to have our plans

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Victory

We view the state of the true, universal church and we see it neither giving in to darkness nor shrinking from it. In places of

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Fishing

At the start of Jesus’ ministry, He came to the Sea of Galilee and called Peter to become a “fisher of men.” It’s believed Jesus

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A Promise

When a child comes into this strange new world, he or she is completely dependent on the care of its parents. When a baby shows

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A New Home

You don’t need to be a home owner very long to realize that keeping it looking new requires routine maintenance and repairs. Many are small

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A Good Shepherd

A shepherd is in change, and has the responsibility of caring for the sheep that are entrusted to him. He must lead them to areas

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Independence

This month we celebrate America’s birthday, July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Early colonists came to this new world we

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A Jealous God?

To be jealous according to Dictionary.com is to have resentment against someone. It also says, “troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry, unfaithfulness.” It isn’t

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Don’t Gloat

            If you’re like most people, watching the news can make one angry and disgusted. When we hear about our nation’s leaders deliberately dismantling our

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Fear and Division

Genesis 1:31a God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.  This includes Adam and Eve as the first husband and wife. Their relationship

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A Great Loss

If you are middle aged or older you are witnessing the loss of the nation you knew and loved. The freedom to move about without

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One Lost Sheep Pt. 3

 5/26/2021 Luke 15:11-24 The prodigal son is someone who runs away or leaves the family and leads a wasteful and reckless life. In this parable the

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One Lost Sheep Pt. 2

John 15:9-14 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love,

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One Lost Sheep

All too often we hear that God is the eternal and final judge of all and that we will stand before Him on judgment day

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Thirsty?

Isaiah 55:1-3 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without

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True Wisdom

Proverbs 8:1, 10-11, 27, 35-36 Vs. 1 Can’t you hear the voice of wisdom? She is standing at the city gates and at every fork

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Easter Isn’t Over

Easter has come, but is not gone. Every Sunday is to be a reminder of Easter, a celebration of life. The fact Jesus was raised

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We Can’t Forget

We must never forget or fail to celebrate Good Friday. From the world’s perspective how could anyone refer to it as ‘good’? God literally comes

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Mount of Olives

Last week we looked at Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey a day which we celebrate as Palm Sunday or the Triumphal Entry. Today

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A Donkey?!

Next Sunday (March 28) we celebrate what has become known as “Palm Sunday.” It is also referred to as the Triumphal Entry. It’s when Jesus

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Draw Near Pt. 2

                                        Last week we looked at James 4:7-8. James tells us that we are able to draw near to God and God will draw near

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Draw Near

James 4:7-8a  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to

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Take a Walk

I don’t know if you enjoy walking or not but Barb and I do. We try and walk every day when it is nice from

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It Hurts!

Today we begin looking at the suffering God endured through His Son Jesus Christ for every human being. Suffering for doing something wrong is one

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Lent, what is It?

Lent, not lint begins February 17, with Ash Wednesday. Where did this practice come from and what is it for? It developed as part of

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Your Time with God

Last week we looked at formal worship and how important it is to come regularly and with the right attitude. Our primary purpose is to meet

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God Has it Covered

1/20/2021 Today is the beginning of a new administration that promises to bring radical change to America. For some time, this has caused turmoil in

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Pick Up Your Stone

A favorite Bible story for most children is David and Goliath. Here is a young shepherd boy, perhaps 12-14 years old ready and willing to

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The Unknown

How intimidating it must have been for Joshua to wake up the morning he was to lead Israel into new territory, a land with fortified

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What Do You Think?

12/30/2020 Our minds are filled with information, news and ideas all day long. Five days ago our thoughts were filled with thoughts of Christmas, the

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A Birthing Cave

As we read the gospels, Matthew – John, we will notice a great deal of symbolism regarding Jesus and His identity as the Messiah, the

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A Voice

The second advent reading for December 6, was Isaiah 40:3-5: A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every

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ADVENT IS. . .

We have entered the season of advent, four weeks before Christmas. Advent means a coming into place, view or being; arrival. So, what do we

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To Make Him Known

There is a resource that lists important people and their contributions to society, it’s called, Marquis Who’s Who and has been the standard since 1898. This

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Lift Up Our Leaders

Last week we looked at the need to pray for all people and leaders whether they are Christian or heathen. Paul was writing during the

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Pray for Our Leaders

In four days, we will be electing a president who will preside over America for the next four years. Our Republic is at stake and

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Frustration and Hope

About 2620 years ago there was a voice calling a nation to wake up wondering how long he would have to look at sin, misery, destruction,

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Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust

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Get To Know God

Galatians 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. If

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When Foundations Crumble

Israel of old faced enemies from without and within that wanted to destroy her spiritual and national heritage. The nation was pulled in various directions

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ABCD’S

1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You

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It Is War!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces

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THE RETURN NATIONAL AND GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER AND REPENTANCE SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 ON THE NATIONAL MALL, WASHINGTON, D.C. THE MISSION: REVIVAL BY INDIVIDUAL, NATIONAL

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The Blood Trail Pt. 4

September 27 of this year is an important religious holiday for Israel and Jews the world over. It is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

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The Blood Trail Pt. 3

7/15/2020 We continue to follow the predicted trail of redemption through the Old Testament with the Hebrews living in Egypt and working as slaves, about

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Liberty

In three days, we turn our attention to celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our subsequent freedom. However, it began 284 years

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The Blood Trail Continues

6/24/2020 God’s plan to rescue the world from sin and death began with His announcement in Genesis 3:15, and the killing (sacrifice) of an animal

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A Trail of Blood

We may be familiar with what the New Testament says about Jesus and the cross, but what about Jesus and the cross in the Old

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American Democracy?!

I don’t know about you, but have you been hearing people refer to America’s form of government as a democracy? I sure have especially from

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