Advent: Joy

Joyful, Joyful Christmas sucks the joy out of me. I mean it. I’ve never heard someone say, “That was a relaxing Christmas season.” And if they have, I don’t trust them. They probably have ties to the black organ market. The Christmas season starts before Jack-O-Lanterns rot....
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Advent: Hope

HOPE Did you know that when Jesus was born, they wrapped him in burial cloths? Like, “Here, Mary, I know you just had a baby, but here’s the cloth for wrapping me up in when I’m dead. You can keep your baby warm with these.” It’s true. In those days when you would take a long...
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Advent :: Hope

Hope has been a fragile, evolving thing for me lately. Something I’ve thought lots about….more than any other time in my life. I’ve been wondering how to have hope when everything seems so hopeless…wondering what exactly we are supposed to be hoping in….wondering how on earth I’m...
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Weather Announcement

We have checked the roads this morning and the grounds on campus. There is no ice. We will have church as scheduled this morning. Please be careful as you drive.
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Ancient Words for Today

A long time ago, a religious, Jewish Christian wrote these words. They are incredibly helpful today. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be...
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Reflections on Psalm 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, The double use of the phrase “Bless the LORD, O my soul…” is the author’s (David) encouragement to himself; to...
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Faith Without Works

Many preachers, scholars, and theologians have argued about James 2:24.  As with most controversial arguments within the church, they serve mostly to help us miss the point. This one is no different. However, at first glance, this verse seems to be at odds with other scripture;...
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God Is Who He Says He Is

A few months ago at North Church we studied the book of James in detail. During that study we talked extensively about faith. Faith is the key to everything that we do in the Christian life. Faith is where trust meets surrender. Faith is more than just believing. It is saying I...
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The Gospel in Music: Play it Again Sam! You Don’t Have Any Feathers

A friend turned me onto this song last week. It such a great example of seeing subtle images of the gospel in music. It is a simple and poignant song…the gospel can be that way too. The first link is the song. The second is a link to lyrics. Enjoy....
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From the Sermon: Loving People

Every sermon I preach and gospel conversation that I have, my hope is that what is communicated would bring us to realize that what we have in front of us is something that we cannot attain in our strength. We cannot live the life that God has called us to live. Our situation is...
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