Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Baseball season is just around the corner. From T-ball to the majors, the great American pastime will soon be in full swing (no pun intended). In my short baseball career, I perfected the art of an essential talent for the game - the sacrifice bunt. According to the Glossary of MLB.com, "A sacrifice bunt occurs when a player is successful in his attempt to advance a runner (or multiple runners) at least one base with a bunt." The glossary continues, "A sacrifice bunt does not count against a player's batting average or on-base percentage, as the decision to sacrifice often isn't made by the player." This was always the case with me. I was never intentionally trying to sacrifice my turn at bat to advance a base runner. I wasn't…
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Danger, Will Robinson!

Danger, Will Robinson!

Netflix recently announced that it will release a remake of the 1960's science fiction series "Lost in Space." I vaguely remember watching the program, and like most people, remember the classic phrase, "Danger Will Robinson!" The line (spoken by the robot B9 to the Robinson family son Will) only occurs in one episode, though the robot frequently yelled "Danger, Danger" without Will's name. Still, the phrase became iconic through the years - as well as waving your arms (or vacuum cleaner hoses if you want real authenticity). Warnings of danger, with our without a robot, are important. Deuteronomy 9:6 provides a significant warning not only for the nation of Israel, but for us as well. Join us this week as we explore the danger of pride. See you Sunday! Hear…
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The Most Important Thing You Will Do Today

The Most Important Thing You Will Do Today

What is the most important thing you will do today? Go to work? Come home from work? Quit your job, join the circus, realize that joining the circus was a really bad idea, get your job back and come home from work? All are significant (well, except for the circus thing) and all are important, but they are not the most important thing you will do today. Join us this Sunday as we discover the most important thing you will do today in Deuteronomy 8:19-20. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Remember Where You Got It

Remember Where You Got It

Amazon, the internet retail giant, has a wonderful tool, the "buy it again" button. If you have made a purchase in the past and want to buy it again, click on the button, and two days later it appears on your doorstep. I appreciate the value of this service after driving all over town trying to find a pair of shoes. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit, so when I do, I buy the same pair over and over again. It doesn't make a great fashion statement, but at least my feet don't hurt when I walk. Purchasing the same pair, however, means I have to remember where I bought them. Reviewing a parade of shoe stores is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday. So…
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Faithful

Faithful

A quote, often attributed to Harry Truman, simply states, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." It sounds like something President Truman would say, and it expresses a sentiment that people in Washington, and pretty much everywhere else, seem to have: you can't trust anyone. Moses may have felt that way sometimes. Trying to lead the people of Israel through the wilderness was sometimes like herding cats. The minute Moses turned his back, someone was complaining about the manna, threatening to go back to Egypt, or building a golden calf. Through it all, Moses learned a great truth. God is always faithful. This week, we take a look at Deuteronomy 7:9-11, where Moses expresses this important truth - we can always rely on the faithfulness of God.…
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Choice

Choice

The word "choice" is used with a variety of connotations. When referring to beef, a "choice" cut is the one you want (which makes me wonder where the meat that wasn't "choice" ended up). However, according to the good folks at the USDA, "choice" is one level less that "prime" although one grade over "select." The designations have something to do with the marbling and texture of the meat and where on the cow the meat originated, which usually is a good indicator of the quality of the meat. God's choice is not based on quality. This week, we look at Deuteronomy 7:7-9, where we find out that God's choice is based on love. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Title Here

Title Here

The titles we receive in life matter. When we are born, we are given a name. That name gets us through the first five years, and then we receive our first title: Vaughn Weatherford, Kindergartner. The titles just keep coming: elementary school graduate, middle school student council vice president, registered voter and more. Looking back, those titles represent significant milestones in life. Who knew one day I would be invited to become Vaughn Weatherford, AARP member (I have the letter to prove it). Deuteronomy 7:6 describes some extraordinary titles we share as God's people: chosen people; God's treasured possession. Join us this Sunday as we discover the meaning behind these exciting titles for every believer.
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Remember

Remember

We all have those little things we do to make sure we remember something. The post it note on the bathroom mirror. The red star on the calendar. The alarm set on our smart phone. The post it note on the mirror reminding us to look at the red star on the calendar when our smart phone alarm goes off. We realize how important it is to remember because we know what happened the last time we forgot. You didn't make it to the doctor's appointment. You forgot the anniversary gift. You realized you might need a doctor's appointment if you ever forget the anniversary gift again. So we do everything we can to remember. In Deuteronomy 6:10-12, Moses reminds the people of Israel to remember what God has done.…
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Sunset

Sunset

It's hard to beat a sunset. There are some places that might be more spectacular (who wouldn't want to be on the beach in Hawaii or in a mountain cabin in Colorado), but my back porch is not too shabby. Looking up at the colors splashed across the clouds as the sun sets over the trees, it's nearly impossible not to sit back and think, "Wow!" Genesis 1:28-31 records God's "wow" as he surveys his creative work and expresses that it is good. This week we will take some time to understand why, and how that understanding changes our perspective on everything. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Spitting Image

Spitting Image

No one knows for sure where the curious phrase "spitting image" originated. We know what it means, typically used to describe how a child looks very much like a parent or relative. The good folks at Merriam Webster have made a few educated guesses at the derivation of the idiom: Possibly a reference to how a child looks so similar to a parent they could have been said to have been "spit out of their mouth." In the early 19th century, the term "spitten" was sometimes used to describe a perfect likeness. The phrase "spit and image" sometimes appears in 19th century literature to describe similarities. Somehow, the phrase eventually became the "spitting image" we hear used today. Genesis 1:27 records the extraordinary statement that God created us in His…
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