Coming Up

Today we are midway through September 2017, closing in on the beginning of autumn.  Before you know it, Christmas (101 days from now!  For those of you who want to know, that’s 14 shopping weeks.  Better get started or you won’t be ready.  Just kidding).  In preparation for these last 15 weeks of 2017, today’s blog is mostly about what’s coming up at the church. We have two Wednesday night dinners left before evaluation time. Whether we keep them going or shut them down will depend in part on how many visitors and returned church people we have hosted over […]

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The Third Danger

In Mark 4:3-8, Jesus names four kinds of hearers of the Gospel.  You know them as four kinds of soil for the seed of the Word – pathway, shallow dirt, thorny soil and good soil.  Only the “good” soil produces a harvest. In this parable, Jesus describes and explains three dangers which threaten hearers of the Gospel. The hard heart where the Word doesn’t take root. The heart with little depth, where the Word shrivels in the heat of testing. The heart overcome by the thorns of life, where the Word of God is choked out by other things. During […]

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How Should We Pray?

Throughout my Christian life, I have wanted to pray better.  You probably have, too.  Unfortunately, I have wasted a lot of time and spiritual energy while feeling guilty because my prayer life has never measured up to the stories of prayer greats like George Mueller, E.M. Bounds, Martin Luther, Andrew Murray, Jim Cymbala or Dick Eastman – all of whom are famous, in part at least, because of their outstanding prayer ministries.  At this point in my life, I can tell you that’s a dead end road. Believing in prayer and praying are different things.  Praying and legalistically fulfilling a […]

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