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Revisiting the Parable of the Talents

There are times after I preach that I have much more to say or some points thatI want to emphasize. This Sunday was one of those where I would have loved to have an hour long discussion with some question and answer time to talk through this great parable. So, I thought I would write some more thoughts and make some points of emphasis, as I revisit the parable of the talen...

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Thankful for Seeds

The seed is the word of God. Luke 8.11 I love the word of God and pray that love would grow deeper and deeper to reflect the love the Psalmist speaks of in Psalm 119. I love the Scriptures because they tell us who God is and what He desires for us. As others have said regarding the Scriptures, it is God's love letter to us. As followers of Christ we are called to share th...

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Christ Exalted in Life and Death

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1.20 Not sure if you have heard of the name Charles Poland yet, but he is the brave and heroic bus driver who was killed while trying to keep a man from ente...

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Taking Holiness Serious

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery ...

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A Heart of Humility

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I said to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18.2-4 I wanted to take you back to a portion of Sunday's message. Reflect on the text and t...

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Morality Kills

Morality has sent, is sending and will send people to Hell. That is why the words of Williams Tyndale are so fitting when he cries out to God, Deliver us from morality. Morality is not Christianity. Morality is the conformity to rules of right conduct or behavior. It is the vain effort of seeking to be good and righteous without Jesus. This is why the overchurched, unchurc...

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Weeds

And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and theworry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Matthew 13.22 As I have been walking and running in the morning this week I have been keenly aware of the weeds overtaking yards in my neighborhood. In fact, the other morning I saw...

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William Carey

(This was taken from Randy Alcorn's writing on William Carey in both his book, Why Pro-Life?, and his online writing as well. Some changes have been made. Thank you to Randy for showing us that William Carey is a man we should imitate. Fresh back from India I am so thankful for William Carey and the seeds he planted in that land for the gospel. Oh how sweet the fruit is to...

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Resurrection Hope

Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4.13). Where does the Christian's hope lie? Easter makes hope available to all. As we look at the resurrection of Jesus Christ we see that life on Earth is not the end. In fact, death is just the beginning. This life is a vapor,...

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Jesus' Present Kingly Reign

Do you ever have those days where you feel like God is not present? You may feel that He is absent, whether due to circumstances or maybe a certain attitude you have one day. These times are real. Even though we may feel like this, for the Christian it is a reality that He is present. There are also those times when we feel that God is not in charge of things here on Earth...

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The Cry of a Generation

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we eagerly wait for You; for Your name, and renown are the desires of our hearts. Isaiah 26.8 This verse is part of a section in Scripture where Isaiah is looking forward to when Christ comes and establishes the millennial kingdom. He pictures himself with a remnant standing in the redeemed land singing a song of praise to God....

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The Small Gate

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7.13-14 More and more it is evident that we live in what many call a post-Christian society. Pluralism is all around us. Though it...

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Treating People Biblically

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7.12 How do you want people to treat you? The implication in this verse is that we would want to be treated biblically. That is the emphasis here on how one is to treat another and how they would want to be treated. Treating people biblically is a ...

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Self Sacrificing Love in 2011

In Sunday's sermon we were challenged by the words of Jesus to be distinct from the culture with a self sacrificing love. My prayer as we enter 2011 is that The Ridge would be marked by such a love. It is tough to take insults or to receive hurts from others. We want to repay them, seek revenge and retaliate. Jesus calls us to a different standard though. Retaliation is ...

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Wheat and Tares

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have...

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For Theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven

Jesus came saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4.17). This is great news, but for who? Who does the kingdom of heaven belong to? In Jesus' sermon in the hill country He answers that when He says, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5.3). The kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit. What does this mean? Jesus b...

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The Kingdom of Heaven

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4.17 I have personally really enjoyed our journey through Matthew. The focus on the kingdom of heaven is challenging me to ask, what must change in my life and around me? It makes me land where Isaiah did during His encounter with the Lord saying, I am ruined - I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of un...

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Everything Must Change

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is hand. Matthew 4.17 God is out to affect everything. He is out to change the entire world. This is what the kingdom of heaven being at hand demands and calls for. He is out to change you, inside and out. He is out to change your family, school, your place of employment, your community and this nation. Do you believe that?How will he do ...

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