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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Graded on the Curve?

Graded on the Curve?

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Graded on the Curve From time to time, my teachers would announce that they would be “grading on the curve.” There was a long statistical explanation for this, but basically it meant that our final grade would be determined by how the rest of the class performed during the semester. It was a great deal. In order to get a decent grade, I didn’t have to know everything, just one question more than 80% of the class. The unfortunate truth is that many think righteousness is graded on the curve. We all know we aren’t perfect, but at least as we are better than that guy, we are okay. We can always find someone who, in our opinion, is worse than we are, so we should be in the clear.…
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Father Abraham

Father Abraham

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Remember the song “Father Abraham?” With the right arm, left arm, right leg, and left leg we would celebrate that “I am one of them, and so are you, so let’s just praise the Lord.” It was the closest thing we had to Baptist dancing. Abraham is used throughout the scripture to illustrate faith. Join us this week as we study how Paul uses Abraham in Galatians 3:6-9 to illustrate that faith in Christ is the only way to true righteousness. See you Sunday!
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Reverse Discount

Reverse Discount

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Everybody likes a discount. When you buy something for 10% less than what you would normally pay, that’s a good thing. The bigger the discount, the better. Nobody likes a reverse discount. Unfortunately, some companies use this to cut costs; they will sell the box of cereal for the same price, but put less cereal in the box. Some boxes of cereal are so thin, it’s hard to see how they get any flakes in there at all. Nobody likes that. Malachi describes a day in which the people of God were trying to give a reverse discount to God (Malachi 1:7-8). This Sunday, we will discover ways we can avoid doing the same thing. God deserves our very best! See you Sunday!
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Common Ground

Common Ground

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While visiting in Taiwan, we were privileged to attend a service where we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. That Sunday morning, 7500 miles from home, we joined with believers in remembering the death and resurrection of Christ. We joined not only with them but with believers around the world and across the ages. It was a powerful moment. We may sometimes be separated by language and geography but in Jesus we are united. Paul describes this amazing truth from another perspective in Galatians 2:16. Join us this week as we discover how we are all united in our need. See you Sunday!
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Postage Rates

Postage Rates

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The price for mailing a first-class letter continues to rise. This year, the US Post Office increased the cost of a first-class stamp from $0.50 to $0.55. That’s a bargain compared to the most valuable stamp sold at auction, an 1856 British Guiana Magenta which was purchased for $9.5 million. Original price: one cent. Amazingly, even the auction price was a bargain; before the auction, the estimated selling price was $10 to $20 million. So if you receive a letter with a one-cent stamp attached, you might want to take a closer look. What if you received a letter from heaven? This week we will see how Paul describes that every believer has exactly that (Galatians 1:1-5). See you Sunday!
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And the Forecast Is…

And the Forecast Is…

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Depending on the time of year and your location, being a local weather forecaster can be a challenging job. For some locations, the weather stays the same through much of the year. Weather forecasters have to be creative to keep the viewer’s attention. I remember one forecaster who would use different items to point at the weather map depending on the season. On July 4th he used a roman candle; during the Christmas season, he used a wreath. Sometimes, though, the forecast is anything but boring. That’s when forecasters earn their money as they try to warn people about dangerous storms. Isaiah describes a day when forecasting will no longer be necessary, a day when the Messiah would bring a lasting peace (Isaiah 11:6-2). Join us this Sunday to find…
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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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