Made In His Image

On October 8, 1997, Matteo Bocelli was born. He is the youngest son of Andrea Bocelli and his first wife Enrica Cenzatti. Andrea Bocelli is regarded as one of the greatest tenors of all time. Now at age 24, Matteo, like His father, is a handsome and talented singer and musician. Clearly, he carries his…

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Danger Lurks Outside Our Door

The horror movie’s suspenseful music conveys imminent danger. In the dark, a potential killer steps onto the porch. Startled by a noise, the woman inside goes to her door and instinctively peers through the peep hole. The man outside does not appear dangerous. You tense up, as she unlocks the deadbolt. Will she invite the…

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The Spiritual Seasons Of Life

My wife and I just returned from our first camping trip of the year. We were excited to get the cover off of our travel trailer, de-winterize, and get everything set up for our 2022 camping season. It seems our spiritual lives have seasons as well. Do you know what season of faith  you are…

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Not Written With Etch-A-Sketch

An Etch-A-Sketch serves as a good metaphor for today’s message. Someone can draw on it, and then simply turn it upside down and shake to make everything magically disappear. We often treat God’s laws the same way. We are prone to turn His laws upside down and shake them off in an effort to make…

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A Lesson In Humility

Sarcasm drips from the words, “I just can’t wait to look in the mirror because I get better looking every day.” The song, Oh Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble, mockingly exclaims with a witty arrogance, that it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way. Despite its sarcasm, the song…

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The Last Supper Painted With Words

It was in November of 2011. I knelt down to pray in a dimly lit chapel. This was the third night of an eight-day silent Christian retreat. Little did I know, that what was about to transpire over the next fifteen minutes would not only change my life, but also touch and change the lives…

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Love All Over Again

Most married couples will tell you that there have been seasons in their marriage when their love for each other grew cold. Their marriage wasn’t necessarily in trouble, but the couple had become so busy with the daily routines of life that they were failing to share their close, loving, and intimate signs of affection.…

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Creatureliness

I recently stumbled upon a word I was unfamiliar with. The word was “creatureliness.” Although I was unfamiliar with this word, I was not unfamiliar with its underlying concept. Perhaps it would benefit all of us to do a quick refresher. Would it surprise you, if I told you, that all people struggle with their…

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Faith Unlocks The Mystery Of Life

Quite often we hear people exclaim, “Faith is a private matter”. It is not! Faith is, rather, both personal and communal. As a personal act, faith is our free profession of belief in the truth revealed by God. But faith is not merely a private act. As Christians, we profess our faith together when we…

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Preparing for Storms

The weather forecast called for snow, ice, and high winds. The parking lot at the grocery store was full. Inside people were scurrying everywhere with carts filled with essentials. Shelves were becoming bare. Meanwhile, phones were ringing off the hook at the generator supply company. We often wait to the last minute to prepare for…

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