1 Corinthians

Promoting Unity Amidst Diversity in the Church

As General George Westmoreland was surveying his troops in Vietnam several years ago, he was talking to some paratroopers. And he asked one of them, “Do you like to jump out of these planes?”  That paratrooper replied, “Yes, sir!  I love it!” He walked to the next one and asked the same question. The reply was, “It’s the greatest experience of my life, sir!”

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Are you in the game or in the stands?

I heard a joke once that every baseball team would love to have a player who never makes an error, who never strikes out, always gets a hit, and always plays perfectly. But the only problem is that they can’t get that guy in the stands to drop his hot dog and get out on the field and play!

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Your very first responsibility

Billy Graham once said, “Too many Christian churches, television and radio programs have been geared to please, to entertain and to gain the favor of this world – (but) within the New Testament there is no indication that Christians should be healthy, wealthy and always successful in this present age.”

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Choosing to be Fearless: Day 4, Persuading

I am an introvert by nature. I love calm and order. I think best when I am in control. Yet, I have learned that this is not always best for my spiritual life. Being a minister’s wife, I have learned to hold my tongue, keep my opinions to myself, and shy away from controversy. However, in the Scriptures, we are told to be persuasive. I was reminded of this commandment this morning when I watched Franklin Graham on television. He presented a heartfelt persuading plea for people to turn to God in this, our time of need. God bless him – he is fearless in his quest to persuade people to find the Lord because he loves people. My goal today is to be strong in the persuading power of the Gospel. For to do so enriches my life, honors God, and rescues people who desperately need hope.

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How to use your giftedness for greatness

I remember when Deb and I had just gotten married, and we went to the pound and bailed out a little puppy for our first dog. We brought him home, but we didn’t have a fence. So I went to the hardware store and bought one of these fences you just roll out. I thought it would be easy. 

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Will I know my loved ones in heaven?

I’m often asked, “Pastor, will I know my loved ones n heaven?” And my answer is always the same, “certainly, we will know one another in heaven! Do you think you’ll have less sense in heaven than you have here on earth? We know one another here; and there we will know fully and be fully known!

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Looking toward the indescribable promise of heaven

I heard a story about a little girl who was blind from birth. Her mother constantly tried to describe the beauty of the world. She would describe the color of a flower, talk about the glory of a sunrise or a sunset, try to describe colors of the mountains, and so forth.

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Serving God where He’s placed you

I heard about a young lad who was out farming one afternoon. He looked up and thought he saw a vision that formed in the clouds. It said “P.C.”.  So he said, “Praise, God! That must mean ‘preach Christ.’” So at that moment, he left his plow, left the farm, and he went out and preached his very first sermon. 

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How God uses singleness for His glory

I’ve noticed that in the church today, single adults are some of the most heavily involved in all spheres of ministry. Yet many times, they can feel like they’re operating as satellites because it looks to them like their church only focuses on married adults and families.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 22

Our world has spent the past month going through a whirlwind of consumerism mixed with religion and a dash of spirituality when appropriate. Now that we’re just a few days from December 25th , let’s try to answer this question: What is the meaning of the Christmas season? 

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