Victory Formation

Victory Formation

Most football teams have what they call the "Victory Formation." This is the play that is called when the game is almost over, their team is ahead, and they want to run out the clock and win the game. The formation typically has all the players surrounding the center and the quarterback with one main objective: don't fumble. The idea is to get to the end of the game and win. It's a great play for football. Most players understand when that play is called in the huddle, it means you won the game. Unfortunately, what is a great play for football is not a great play for life. Some people go through each day just trying not to fumble. God has much more for us. Within the plan He…
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Big Wall

Big Wall

I've never been a huge fan of house painting, but it has to be done. I purchased all the appropriate equipment, paint, and supplies and began the operation. After about an hour, things had been going pretty well. I had gotten more paint on the wall than I had on myself which, for me, is a victory in and of itself. For a non-professional, the paint was fairly even and would require very little touch-up later. I stepped back to admire my work and realized that, after an hour, I was approximately 1/20 of the way through. That was one big wall. It probably was not quite the sight Joshua had as he and the Israelites surveyed the walls of Jericho. They had been getting ready for this moment for…
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Never Goes Out of Style

Never Goes Out of Style

I remember the day my dad took me to get my first suit. Actually, it was my second; when I was five, my mom made me wear one of those suit and short pant outfits to church – once. I looked like Eddie Munster. Not wanting his teenage son to look like a sixties sitcom child, my dad took me to get a real suit when I turned thirteen. After looking at several possibilities, the salesman offered the advice, "A nice blue blazer never goes out of style." Good advice. I've changed suits styles through the years: wide lapels, thin lapels, pleats, no pleats. Thankfully, I have fewer and fewer times I have to wear a suit, but in those instances where it is required, a blue blazer is always…
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Garage Sale

Garage Sale

Our annual church garage sale is an amazing fundraising event, allowing our youth group to go on a mission trip each summer. We appreciate all the good folks who donate to the event and who shop at the sale. I appreciate the opportunity to clean out my garage. I keep thinking each year I will run out of items to donate, but it never seems to work out that way. I continually find a way to collect items that I don't need anymore. Maybe I bought them at last year's garage sale. 1 John 2:15-17 describes the mistake we make when thinking the things of life will ultimately provide what we need. They won't. It all eventually winds up in the garage sale. Join us this week as we learn…
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Check Your Baggage

Check Your Baggage

My dad used to run the Lost and Found at the local airport. It was amazing how much stuff accumulated in his collection, everything from a watch to a pair of skis. Sometimes people would return to claim their belongings, but most of the items just collected dust. Whether people never figured out where they left it, or it wasn't worth the effort to retrieve it, most of the Lost and Found items stayed that way. We all have lost and found items in our lives, emotions and memories we've allowed to collect dust for years. The problem is, some of those items, when left unresolved, can cause tremendous difficulty. This week, in 1 John 2:9-11, we will learn how unresolved hatred can make your life miserable. Join us this…
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Thanks, Mom

Thanks, Mom

This Sunday, we celebrate our moms. For all the times they sat in the school parking lot waiting for us to finish band practice, washed mud out of our jeans when we took our bicycle through the shortcut, slipped us a peanut butter sandwich under the table when it was liver and onions for supper, and risked catching every childhood disease known to man so that we could see the pediatrician, we say, "Thanks, Mom." Moms pray even when everyone else has given up. This week, we will see in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 how each of us can pray for God's power and glory in the lives of those we love. See you Sunday!
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Talking Points

Talking Points

We had a problem with our computer system several years ago. I tried to work with the technicians of our information provider, but we had an obvious disconnect in our communication. They knew what they were talking about, but I didn't have a clue. Eventually, we hired an IT company to figure out how to get things fixed. In about an hour, they had not only identified the problem, but knew how to explain to the communications company personnel exactly what needed to be done. I basically just nodded a lot. It's good to have someone who can speak on your behalf. In 1 John 2:1, the Bible explains the extraordinary truth that Jesus speaks for us. Join us this Sunday to find out how Jesus speaks for you. See…
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Follow the Light

Follow the Light

Cats love to chase light. Whether its a flashlight or laser pointer, most cats will chase a light across a floor until a) they get tired of the game; b) their owner gets tired of the game or; c) the batteries run out. According to the good folks at PetMD.com, this is because cats eyes are very sensitive to movement, and their instinct is to stalk, pounce, and eat. The light satisfies two of these requirements which will either give your cat hours of playful exercise or make them a very frustrated feline. The folks at PetMD suggest giving them a cat treat at the end of the game. Good plan, much better than having an angry cat attack your foot. Following the darkness of this world only leads to…
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Evening Stroll

Evening Stroll

Marsha and I decided to take a walk through the neighborhood. It sounded like a great idea, but what we didn't realize was that a front had moved through the area and the temperature had dropped twenty degrees in the last hour. Our leisurely stroll around the neighborhood turned into an Olympic fast walk around half a block. There wasn't much time for conversation, which was fine. Our faces were frozen solid by the time we got home. Still, we have persevered and taken more walks (although now we check the weather before we leave). Walking together provides a great opportunity for conversation. John understood the importance of walking together. Exiled on the Isle of Patmos, John understood the significance of living life in relationship. This week, we look at…
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What Does It Mean?

What Does It Mean?

Spring is upon us. Everyone has their favorite weather indicator: The "wooly bear" caterpillar - the wider the middle stripe, the milder the weather to come. The higher hornets build their nests, the deeper the snow will be that winter. Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warning. If the groundhog see's his shadow, ten more weeks of winter. For the most part, those signs have nothing to do with the weather. Colossians 3:1-3 describes a sign that has far more meaning. What does the Resurrection of Christ mean for you and me? Come celebrate Easter at NHBC this Sunday and find out! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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