What’s Wrong?

What’s Wrong?

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I had something in my shoe. I took off my shoe, tried to shake it out, but nothing appeared. Thinking maybe it fell out, I put my shoe back on. In two steps I realized it was still there. After three more shakes of the shoe, I decided I needed to investigate further. I took off my sock – nothing there. I investigated the bottom of my foot – clean as a whistle (or at least as clean as my feet normally are). Two more steps after putting everything back on, there was still something in my shoe. At the end of the day, I finally discovered what it was. I had what was described as a “stone bruise.” According to the good folks at WebMD: A stone bruise is…
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Nobody’s Home

Nobody’s Home

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Mesa Verde National Park is a fascinating place to visit. The park preserves an archaeological site inhabited for more than 700 years until 1300 A.D. Then, suddenly, the people who lived there moved away, leaving the spectacular cliff dwellings that remain today. That’s a photo of me, my mom and my sister when we visited the site when I was ten (I’m the one with the binoculars – and no, I have no idea why I am wearing binoculars). The tour guide described the dwelling and explained that we don’t know why the people moved away. I offered the most logical explanation my ten-year-old mind could devise – they moved because their houses were falling down. In 700 years, a house will do that. Everything breaks down eventually. This Sunday,…
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Spy Pen Radio

Spy Pen Radio

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I ordered a spy pen radio that I saw on the back of a comic book. I saved my allowance until I had the $5.00 plus shipping and handling. The advertisement promised a radio that looked just like a pocket pen, but that would receive radio broadcasts. Six weeks later, I received a padded envelope containing my precious cargo. It wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be. It did look somewhat similar to a pen if the pens you use a giant blue plastic cylinder the size of a screwdriver. It didn’t matter, though, that I couldn’t get it in my pocket. To tune the radio, you had to pull the bottom downward, which meant my pocket would have needed to be two feet long for the…
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Lemonade

Lemonade

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We had a poster in my middle school of a man with a funnel in his head. Lemons were falling out of the sky into the funnel and lemonade was pouring out of his nose into a glass. The caption read, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The poster was troubling on many levels. Who was throwing lemons at this guy? Who stuck a funnel in his head? And why was this poster in our lunchroom? The poster was right by another poster with the caption “Knowledge is power.” The only inference my seventh-grade mind could draw was “Don’t drink the lunchroom lemonade – it apparently came from some guy’s nose.” Genesis 3:1-2 illustrates the importance of knowing God’s word. Adam and Eve could have avoided disaster if they…
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What’s the Plan?

What’s the Plan?

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Most of us prefer to have a plan. Even those “jump in the car and drive” kind of folks take a peek at the gas gauge to make sure they have enough fuel. Everyone does better when there is a plan. That’s why it’s great news that God has a plan for our life. Those plans go all the way back to creation itself. This truth is beautifully illustrated in God’s plan for marriage, a plan revealed in his creation of Adam and Eve. Join us this Sunday as we unpack this amazing plan in Genesis 2:24. See you Sunday!
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Who Made That?

Who Made That?

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It is the question heard at every Baptist potluck dinner: “Who made that?” It may be the seven-layer casserole or the impossible chocolate lava cake, but one bite is all it takes to want to know who made it, and how you can get some more. Knowing origins is not just important for cakes and casseroles. It is essential that we know our own. Realizing that God is our Creator is a fundamental understanding of knowing who God is and who we are. Join us this week as we unpack our origins found in Genesis 2:7. See you Sunday!
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Rest Stop

Rest Stop

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Whenever my family took trips, we always stopped at the same place: Stuckey’s. These were one of the original roadside convenience store chains concentrated mainly in the Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest, although they spread out across the country for a time. At its peak, there were 350 locations selling their famous pecan log rolls. We stopped there for the clean restrooms, gas and novelty section, but also for a chance to stretch our legs after traveling the interstate all day. We all need rest, and not just from highway traffic. God built rest into the very fabric of creation. This Sunday, we will see how important both physical and spiritual rest are to us all (Genesis 2:1-3). See you Sunday!
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Avoid the Sand Traps

Avoid the Sand Traps

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Most golfers try to stay out of the sand traps, especially one on the eighth hole at Royal Troon. Sometimes called “The Postage Stamp,” the small bunker has gained another affectionate name among PGA professionals: The Coffin. To understand why, just watch this video of Rory McIlroy taking six shots to escape it (https://youtu.be/szlvCDHM7kQ). This week, we will look at two spiritual sand traps believers should always avoid: legalism and license (Galatians 5:1). See you Sunday!
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Wrong Way

Wrong Way

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Occasionally I will see a sign that says “Wrong Way.” I know the signs are there to tell me not to go that way. Either it is a road where traffic is going in the opposite direction, a building where it would be dangerous for unauthorized people to enter, or a location that I don’t need to be. However, when I see those signs, the first thing I ask is, “Why?” I think it is part of our human nature, to be told not to do something and immediately try to think of a way to do it. However, those signs are there for a reason. Someone cared enough about you that they didn’t want you to be in a traffic accident, enter a room where you might get hurt,…
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Name Tag

Name Tag

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Name Tag We’ve all used them, the red and white sticker that announces “Hello, my name is …..” This incredibly popular name tag was first sold by a company called C-Line in 1959, and has been a best seller ever since. Scott Ginsberg has been wearing a name tag every day for 14 years. The author of 27 books about his experience, Ginsberg claims that wearing a name tag has made him a friendlier person. J. Keith Murnigham, professor at Northwestern University agrees. “If you’re less anonymous, then you’re likely to be more responsible, ethical, and moral.”1 Our name identifies who we are, something important to know. This week, in Galatians 4:6-7, we will discover how the Bible invites every believer to truly know their own identity – you are…
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