Headed Home

Headed Home

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Over time, most couples develop a code language, phrases that someone on the outside of the relationship might not understand, but the couple knows exactly what they mean. In the age of texting, that has become even more pronounced. For example, when my wife texts me "Errands," I know that she won't be home for lunch. When I text "Hosp," it means that I am with a family at the hospital. When either of us texts "headed home" it means, wherever we are, we are on our way home. In Psalm 119:19-20, the psalmist recognizes something all believers need to know: we are headed home. This Sunday, we will look at the important ramifications of that understanding. See you Sunday!
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New Specs

New Specs

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Whenever my ophthalmologist changes my prescription, I am always amazed at how much I had not been able to see. This, however, is nowhere near the discoveries I made when I first got glasses. Who knew there were so many stars in the sky? Or that trees have leaves? Or that street signs are meant to be read before you reach the street corner? This week we will see an extraordinarily powerful prayer in the Bible (Psalm 119:17-18) where the psalmist prays for God to open his eyes. You better get ready if you are willing to pray this one - it is literally the opportunity of a lifetime! See you Sunday!
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Smile!

Smile!

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According to the good folks at UnitedConcordiaDental.com (who admittedly may have a vested interest), smiling has several health benefits: Improved mood Lower blood pressure Stress relief Better relationships Stronger immune function Longer life Good to know. Even better to have a reason to smile. This Sunday, we will discover a surprising way to find joy in God's word (Psalm 119:14-16). See you Sunday!
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Doorbell

Doorbell

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We all know the feeling. The doorbell rings at exactly the wrong time. The kids are crying, the spaghetti just boiled over on the stove, and the dog threw up in the middle of the living room. When we answer the door, it's our long lost cousin from Idaho wondering if they could spend the night. We are as hospitable as possible, but in our mind we are thinking, "If I had known you were coming, I would have been a little more prepared." What we say and what we think is not always the same thing. In Psalm 119:12-13, the Bible helps us align our thoughts with our voice. Join us this Sunday as we learn how to praise God out loud. See you Sunday!
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The Best Day

The Best Day

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The Best Day What is your best day? Some people might answer Friday, the last day of the work week. Some might answer Christmas, or their birthday, or Valentine's Day or any other day there might be presents and food. According to the wisdom of the world wide web, the best day: ...to sell your house - December 26 ...to take off work - Wednesday (which, interestingly, is also the best day to get fired) ...to start a new job - Thursday (presumably because you got fired on Wednesday) ...to play golf - Tuesday (fewest people on the course) This week, in Psalm 119:9-11, we learn the best day to live for the Lord - Today! See you Sunday!
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Know More

Know More

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There are some things we usually don't want to know. As the old saying goes, "It's best not to know how the sausage is made." If you have ever witnessed sausage being made, you know why. It's best simply not to know. However, for many things, the more you know, the more you appreciate. I knew about the Grand Canyon for years. I had seen numerous photos of the location. But standing at the edge of the Canyon, listening to the park ranger's explanation, and watching the sunset over the canyon wall, I gained a new appreciation of one of the great sights in creation. The more I learned, the more I appreciated what I saw. The psalmist discovered the same thing about God's Word, with an added dimension: the…
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How to Move Your Sofa

How to Move Your Sofa

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If you are moving your sofa, your local mathematician can't help you. According to the folks at Popular Mechanics, the "moving sofa problem" is one of several mathematical problems that, at least so far, has never been solved. For reasons that go beyond my ability to explain, mathematicians have failed to come up with a formula to calculate the size of a sofa that will fit around a 90-degree turn in a hallway. Obviously, some sofas will fit and others won't, but to determine whether or not your sofa will fit, you're just going to have to grab some friends and try. There is not yet a mathematical equation to help you know. (https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/g2816/5-simple-math-problems/) For most of us, moving our sofa is the least of life's problems. This week, we…
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Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn

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A GPS is a wonderful device . . . until it isn't. Just ask the Yell County roads department that now has to repair the Dale Bend Bridge. A truck driver hauling a load of chickens followed the directions from his GPS that took his semi over the bridge which, unfortunately, was not built to support the weight of a large truck. The bridge partially collapsed, sending the truck into the river. Fortunately, the driver was not hurt. No word on the chickens. Having the correct map is important for delivering chickens. It is even more important for life. This Sunday begins a new series on Psalm 119. In this amazing psalm, every verse describes a characteristic of God's word. Join us this week as we discover how God's word…
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We’re No. 67

We’re No. 67

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We seem to be obsessed with numbers. They sell "We're #1" giant foam fingers at virtually every sports stadium in America. Either everyone has ceased to be able to count, or the foam finger company wasn't selling many of the "We're #178" variety. Obviously, everyone can't be #1, except perhaps in sales of foam fingers their specific location. Which brings us to today's blog - "We're #67!" This is the 67th post to our NHBC Blog, which means we are only a few (thousand) short of most marginally successful blogs on the internet. Social media has always been important, even long before computers ever existed. The Thessalonian believers gave a message that impacted people in their own city and beyond. Join us this week to learn how you can live…
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Maybe It Will Taste Okay

Maybe It Will Taste Okay

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Recipes have always been a challenge for me. I see the photo in the book, buy the ingredients, and follow the directions, but my cookies don't look anything like the cookies in the book. So now I look at recipe videos on YouTube. I follow each step, pausing between each ingredient, carefully following the direction. Now my cookies, instead of looking nothing like the photo, look nothing like the video. At least they taste okay. In the end, I guess that's what matters. In 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7, Paul asks a question that every believer needs to answer: if someone imitated your life, what would it look like? Join us this week as we explore ways we can become imitators of Christ. See you Sunday!
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