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What Is Heaven Like?

Why is this a most important question? First of all we need to make note of the fact that it is Jesus who is speaking. The One whom, as the apostle Paul writes, "has become for us wisdom from God..."... Full story


It's Primary Objective

The American Dairy Association used to have an ad that said: "You never outgrow your need for milk." Not a bad slogan for the Bible. Maybe a motto for Sunday School should be "You never outgrow your... Full story


Life In The Vast Lane

When riding up an escalator at the Rainier Bank in Tacoma, Washington several years ago I overheard a short conversation between two young men riding on the down escalator. The conversation went... Full story


Jesus Changes The Direction Of Our Lives

The title of this message could be On the Move With Jesus. As I was studying this Scripture another title came to mind: Joseph and the stop and go angel. (The angel who tells him when to move ahead...


A Picnic In The Park

"Lets pack a picnic basket and go to the park," said a husband and father, arriving home early from the office. "We won't get many more days like this, and I may not get another afternoon off." "It's...


I Have Seen The King

Isaiah was just as human as us and we are just as sinful as he was. Yet God calls us to a relationship with him and into his service. In doing so he puts His name on the line through us. Isaiah said,...


God Speaks

Have you ever talked to a chicken? Talking to the chickens is one of my favorite things to do at the fair. Do we communicate? Absolutely. Speaking about the mouth, the Bible has a lot to say about...


Gift Ideas

This column is a combined effort between myself (Julie) and a sermon my husband Joe preached on 2/4/07. If you are intending on becoming more involved in your church, or looking at full-time ministry,...


Purpose: God's Wonderful Plan For Your Life

You may have heard or will hear eventually, "the world is your oyster!" An oyster of opportunity. What does an oyster produce? Some have said, "good stew." Others may say and have found "a pearl."...


I Have Seen The King

Isaiah was just as human as us and we are just as sinful as he was. Yet God calls us to a relationship with him and into his service. In doing so he puts His name on the line through us. Isaiah said,...


A Moment in Time; A Timeless Moment!

12/24/06 In Galatians 4:4 the apostle Paul wrote: "But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman..." (KJV) This verse is so jam-packed with meaning that it almost... Full story


Good News, Hard Choice!

There is much legend attached to the Christmas story; some of it with no reference point in the Scriptures; some of it like a beautiful frame around the picture and some, perhaps more fantasy than... Full story


God Cares For Us Through One Another

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."... Full story


Only 57 Words! And Small Phrases

Matthew 6:5, the words of our Lord begins with a small phrase containing a BIG meaning. You've got to be careful with small phrases in the Bible for they are easy to pass over in search of something... Full story


Something Is Going On!!!

The sun shines; the stars twinkle; "the fields are jubilant" (Psalm 96:12) and all the birds join in, lifting their heads towards heaven. "...the rivers clap their hands" (Psalm 98:8). Something is...



The template of our traditions: Last Sunday night I felt strangely stirred toward a particular expression of worship, but as I looked around me I decided against it. At that moment of decision I reali... Full story


Who is the Holy Spirit?

The definitions and their projected applications continue to fill books and divide individuals, churches, and nations. Now without ignoring James' definition in James 1:27 "Pure and lasting religion i...


The Missing Ingredient!

1 Corinthians 13:13 The subject of this message is love as viewed by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. He makes his way through this by summarizing with "By the way, don't forget the 'LOVE.'" This...


Love Is That Way

Gifts, God gives them. Paul's message to the Corinthian Church concerning spiritual gifts was: "You've missed the point! You have been enriched in every way. In all your speaking and in all your...


In Spite Of It All

11-12-06 Sometimes a book, or a movie, a sermon, or a lecture may leave you with one sentence. I had such experiences in seminary; a few short statements, that altered my life; changed my...


The Ministry of Blessing Others

10-22-06 What's new with you since you gave your heart and body to Jesus? (Romans 12:1). Anything current? How does your life in Christ affect your relationship with others. An atheistic author out...


Blessing Others

Blessing may be one of the most overused and least understood words in our vocabulary. How many of you have exited a sneeze by having a friend pronounce a blessing over you? How many of us have...


Protect Your Nose!

Remember the oldie but goodie swearing in question for courtroom testimony: "Do you swear (now there's a heavy word) to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?" God...


Creation: God's "Discovery Channel"

Are you tuned in? Our text is taken from Psalm 8: "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" Everywhere he looks the Psalmist finds the "signature" of God. The Bible says that...


One Never Knows, In Advance, What The Long Term Effect Will Be

9/13/92 A good number of years ago, a man, on his way to church one Sunday morning, noticed four boys hanging around on a street corner. On a burst of inspiration he stopped and invited them to go...


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