In Remembrance

In Remembrance

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This Sunday, remember the sacrifice the Savior made for all of us with a special observance of the Lord's Supper in both morning services (8:30 and 11:00). 1 Corinthians 11:23–24 (NIV84) 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
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Do Not Enter

Do Not Enter

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I had to renew my driver’s license recently. As I waited for my turn, I heard one of the ladies at the DMV congratulating someone who had just renewed her license for passing her test. She apparently got everything correct, including identifying the sign for “Do Not Enter.” The DMV lady said that 75% of the people who take the test incorrectly identify that sign because on the test it does not include the words “Do Not Enter.” The nation of Israel had failed their test. Miserably. They had gone the wrong way on several spiritual roads, but the most significant was their failure to recognize the danger of pride (Isaiah 10:15). Join us this week as we discover biblical ways to avoid the pitfall of pride. See you Sunday!
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The Big Question

The Big Question

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Questions are important in life. To get out of school, you answer them. To interview a prospective employee, you have to ask them. To get married, you have to know who to ask. In the day of Isaiah, the nation of Israel failed on all three counts. They didn’t know the right answers, they didn’t know the right questions, and they didn’t know who to ask. This week we see how Isaiah points them, and us, to an important truth: Without God, there is no answer (Isaiah 10:3). See you Sunday!
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Names

Names

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It has been said that the most beautiful sound in the ears of any individual is the sound of their name. According to babycenter.com children somewhere will be listening to the music of Lysander, Balthazar, and Queenie. Obvious food lovers have called their children Cookie, Cayenne, and Sugar. The parents of Ursula, Gaston, and Glenda may favor Disney movies while Sylvester’s mom and dad may lean towards Looney Tunes. It’s hard to say if Toto’s parents watched the Wizard of Oz or listen to ‘70’s niche bands. (https://www.babycenter.com/0_unusual-and-surprising-baby-names_10388919.bc) Whatever the case, names are important, especially in the Old Testament where names often had special meaning. That was certainly the case in Isaiah 9:6-7 where we find the names of the coming Messiah identifying amazing characteristics the child would bring. This…
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The Importance of Being Dad

The Importance of Being Dad

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This Sunday, we celebrate the fathers in our lives, those men who bravely stomped on spiders, changed light bulbs and fixed our broken toys when no one else could. This Sunday, we look at Isaiah 9:1-2, where our Heavenly Father brings light to a dark world. Join us this Sunday as we discover how to walk in the light of Christ.
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Make the Right Choice

Make the Right Choice

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Some choices are easy. Like when your English teacher asks the class “Would you rather read To Kill a Mockingbird or just watch the movie in class?” Guess which one  99.99% of students will pick. Some choices are harder, like when my family used to go to get ice cream after church. Who knew there were so many flavors? Some choices are essential to get correct, such as the one presented in Isaiah 8:13-15. Join us this week to be sure you make the right choice. See you Sunday!
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Inner Workings

Inner Workings

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I remember the first time I took apart a watch. My dad gave me an old watch that no longer worked, and I decided to fix it. After using a hammer to get the back off of the watch, fixing it was no longer an option, so I set about learning how watches work. It was amazing how many gears, springs, and sprockets are required to make the big hand and the little hand point in the right direction. I had never seen any of that. In fact, I never saw the big hand or the little hand moving, even when the watch worked. I could hear ticking but saw no actual process. The hands seemed to be perfectly still. But at 2:00, the big hand was on the 12…
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Prayer for You

Prayer for You

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I recently traveled to Mexico, with the great privilege of sharing with pastors from the Guadalajara area in a weekend retreat. I quickly learned my name (Vaughn) is difficult to pronounce for Spanish speaking people. There is no equivalent sound for the letter “v” which is pronounced like a “b” in Spanish. The “aughn” doesn’t have a good equivalent either, so I told them they could just call me “hey you.” That doesn’t make much sense in Spanish either, so they called me “Bro. U.” At the end of the retreat, one of the pastors prayed for our group as we prepared to return to the United States. He concluded his prayer by asking God to bless the ministry of “Bro. U.” You can call me anything you want –…
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You Forgot Something

You Forgot Something

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I tried to impress Marsha early in our marriage with my grocery shopping abilities. I went to the store planning to have everything purchased and put away before she arrived home from work. I went through the store filling my shopping cart with all the things I thought we might need. I reached the checkout line and realized I had forgotten something – my wallet. Not wanting to go through the entire store putting everything back, I parked my cart over to the side, rushed home and grabbed my wallet. When I got back, my cart was still there waiting for me to check out. At first, I was amazed no one stole it. Then I realized – who is going to steal a grocery cart full of groceries that…
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Thanks, Mom!

Thanks, Mom!

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If you haven't said it yet today, you still have time. This Sunday is Mother's Day, an opportunity to tell our moms how grateful we are for all they do. My mom certainly did. I look forward to the day in heaven I will be able to one more time tell her "thank you" for all the things she did for me. I've been able to watch my wife and see the sacrifices she makes as a mom, and now my daughter as she cares for my granddaughter. Moms are great! One thing moms do is provide examples for us to follow. This week we will learn from John 17:1-5 how we can all be an example of prayer. See you Sunday!
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