Monthly Archives: August 2012

Walking through the Valley

Whenever the road we are walking gets hard, so steep that it steals our breath or so low that it  compresses our spirits, we long for flat land. When life becomes a challenge, we reach for the EASY BUTTON. While we may … Continue reading

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Elbow Room for Jesus

Give Jesus Christ a chance, give Him elbow room … because the devil doesn’t get lazy around you. (1) Most Christians only pray when they are desperate. As Screwtape might say to Wormwood in C. S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters: “Never let them think … Continue reading

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Tarnished Silence

The Lord declares: ‘Those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. (1) I have a friend who tells me he is a Christian.  He worships regularly and serves in the church. Yet, he routinely … Continue reading

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Behold the Lamb of God – John 1:19-34

Preaching Notes – August 26, 2012 John 1:19-34 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” … Continue reading

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The Thicket and Buzz of Parents

God detests idolatry, even in the form of parental love. (1) It’s the first week of school and school buildings across the nation are filled with parents. Yes, there are kids present, but you have a hard time seeing and hearing … Continue reading

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The Ministry of the Unnoticed

We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring. (1) Yesterday after teaching a class on Living in the Spirit, for the Men’s Recovery program at the Rockford Rescue Mission, I was … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Virtue

Virtue brings light; indulgence brings fog. (1) Virtue is a word we rarely use in today’s world. We now consider practicing virtue as the restraining of one’s real desires. This goes counter to the philosophy of today’s world which says, “You are free to indulge in your … Continue reading

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