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Grace and Mercy (Philemon)

The Apostle Paul spent much of his later years in prison because of his faith. Most likely, Paul was in Rome when he wrote this letter to Philemon. Rome was hostile to Christianity in the 1st Century and relentlessly persecuted Christians, especially during the reign of Nero (54-68 AD). This letter was probably sent along with… Continue reading Grace and Mercy (Philemon)

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Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)

We now turn our attention to the portion of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus teaches us to “turn the other cheek.” Before we begin an in-depth discussion of what this means and how to properly apply it, we must be clear about what it does not mean. First, Jesus is not telling an… Continue reading Turn the Other Cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)

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The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount with eight blessings[1] that describe the character of those who have entered the kingdom of God. While it is impossible in this life for any one disciple to perfectly meet these descriptions, they are nonetheless Jesus’ description of a Christian. What does Jesus mean when He says someone… Continue reading The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)

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I Am a Unifying Church Member (Ephesians 4:1-3)

(Pastor's note: This sermon is part of a series of messages based on the book "I Am a Church Member" by Thom Rainer.) Dysfunctional churches are a poor representation of the body of Christ. Churches become dysfunctional when they stop striving to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3).… Continue reading I Am a Unifying Church Member (Ephesians 4:1-3)

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4 Helpful Reminders for Living Peaceably (Genesis 21:22-34)

Conflict is inevitable. You can try hard to avoid it, but the Bible says that “all have sinned” (Rom 3:23); therefore, the potential for conflict is always present. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Even though sin is… Continue reading 4 Helpful Reminders for Living Peaceably (Genesis 21:22-34)

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Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River

While a lake may be beautiful, a river is powerful. Jesus designed His church to be more like a powerful river rather than a leisurely lake. While many factors contribute to this power, consider that it is the banks of the river that channel energy and momentum. Last week we discussed what we are supposed… Continue reading Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River

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Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

Conflict is unavoidable.  The sooner one accepts that fact the better.  Everyone, at some time or another, will be embroiled in conflict and hostility.  Conflict may mean anything from harsh words to loss of property or life.  Jesus was no stranger to conflict.  He experienced conflict and spoke on the subject on many occasions.  In… Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

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Beware of Cheap Imitations (Luke 13:10-17)

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  That may or may not be true.  Sometimes imitation can be good.  I am thankful for some imitations such as “generics” (medication, food, etc.) because they usually imitate the real product well for a fraction of the cost.  Sometimes, however, imitation is not… Continue reading Beware of Cheap Imitations (Luke 13:10-17)