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The Epiousios Diet

There are too many diets to keep track of. Most become passing fads. Some are supported by medical data. Others are not. Each unique diet puts forth its own unique claim. One promises to reduce cholesterol levels. Another says it lowers blood pressure. Yet another one purports to reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease. Only…

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What Is Your Butterfly Effect?

“We were like two ships passing in the night.” This is a metaphoric expression, often used when two people have a short, chance, passing encounter. Often only a few words are exchanged. The two individuals separate, continue on their way, and often never see each other again. As Christians, should we be concerned about the…

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One Small Step For Man

I am writing this message on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019. Fifty years ago today, it was July 20, 1969. I was just 12 years old. Like everyone else, I was glued to the television screen and listening to Walter Cronkite on CBS news. The events of that first lunar landing are etched in my…

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In Love Or Just Friends?

Has anyone ever asked you if you have a “personal relationship” with Jesus? I believe that Jesus is calling Christians to something much deeper than a “personal” relationship with Him. He is calling us to an intimate relationship with Him.  I believe the Bible is clear on this fact. Are we in love with Jesus…

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The Folly Of Self-Reliance

Not one of us chose to be born. None of us knows the date and manner of our death.  We did not choose our hair color, eye color or skin color. We did not choose our nationality. In order to live, we are completely dependent on air and water, and clearly we did not create…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

I think by now we all know the Verizon commercial, “Can you hear me now.” Verizon began using that commercial in 2002. In 2016, the pitch man for the commercial jumped ship and became the pitchman for Sprint. The two companies sparred over the catchy phrase and the pitchman himself. As we celebrate Pentecost and…

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Hurdles Are A Running Event

A lot has changed since I was a young high school athlete running hurdles on a cinder track and measuring the distance in yards rather than meters, as they do today. But one important fundamental remains the same. Good track coaches teach the beginning hurdler that hurdles are a running event, not a jumping event.…

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Jesus Reveals Himself

Several years ago, as I was driving to work, I spotted a homeless man digging through a dumpster for food. I stopped and gave the man the two donuts I had just purchased.  As I drove away, I realized I could have done more. Instantly I turned around. He was nowhere to be found. I…

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Is Jesus’ Resurrection From The Dead Really A Big Deal?

I carefully chose the title question for today’s message with the present tense “is” and not the past tense “was.” There is no doubt that according to Scripture, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was a huge deal. He appeared to over 500 people. Reactions ranged from amazement, awe, fear, shock, bewilderment, to skepticism and doubt.…

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How Are You, I Really Care?

If you ask anyone the simple question, “How are you,” you can anticipate their one word answer. They will say, “fine.” Is their answer true and accurate, usually not? We have all been conditioned to give this answer. It is easy to say. We anticipate that the person who is asking us the question is…

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