Clean Up Better Than An Infomercial

Clean Up Better Than An Infomercial

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If only the world could be as clean as the infomercial claims it could be. Clothing would never be stained. You would never have to replace the linoleum in the kitchen because it would always look like the photo in the magazine. You would never have to buy an area rug to cover the spot where you spilled paint in your living room. Despite the promises and guarantees, we know we will be buying another shirt, replacing the kitchen floor and covering up the spot in the living room. ABC Miracle Spot Remover usually doesn't work like it did on TV. That's what made the miracles of Christ so amazing. They weren't like anything anyone had ever seen. In the final miracle recorded in Mark 7, the people were overwhelmed…
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How Much is Enough

How Much is Enough

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We are constantly measuring things. We measure time left in the day, we measure gallons left in the tank, we measure the height, width, and depth of a refrigerator to see if it will fit through the door we just measured. All those measurements matter. If you buy a refrigerator that is six feet two inches tall and the door to your kitchen is only six feet, you have a choice – either a different refrigerator or a new door. In Mark 7:24-30 (and its companion passage in Matthew 15), Jesus teaches about the measure of faith. Join us this week as we discover the ingredients of what Jesus calls great faith. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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What’s for Dinner?

What’s for Dinner?

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I have learned that the safest question to ask when coming home is not "what's for dinner" but "where would you like to go for dinner." I like a home cooked meal as much as anyone, but when both of us have been at work all day, sometimes it's just easier to let someone else do the cooking. That wasn't an option for the disciples. It wasn't an option for the enormous crowd of people gathered to hear Jesus' teaching. In Mark 6, there were no golden arches available, no bucket of wings or burritos to go, just 5000+ hungry people. The miracle we often call the Feeding of the Five Thousand actually has little to do with food. That Jesus fed all these people with little more than a…
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Multilingual

Multilingual

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I can speak multiple languages. For example, I know how to say: Donde esta el bano? (Where is the bathroom in Spanish) Nein! (No in German) No! (No in Italian) Yes, I realize there are supposed to be some accents and a tilde over the "n" of "bano" (I said I could speak multiple languages. I didn't say I could type in multiple languages.) If I ever need to say "No" in Germany or Italy, or find a restroom in Mexico, I'm set. I also know one phrase in Aramaic: "Talitha koum" which means "little girl" or "little lamb." Jesus used the phrase in Mark 5:41 when he raised a young girl from the dead. The meaning of the phrase and the meaning of the miracle have profound significance for…
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Exactly What You Need

Exactly What You Need

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I used to think I could work on cars. Past tense. I no longer hold on to this delusion. If something goes wrong with the car, I don't even open the hood. I have my mechanic on speed dial. However, in the period of my life that I thought I could fix cars, I learned a quick lesson in the supply and demand of tools. No matter how many tools I purchased, the one I needed for the job was never in my toolbox. I'm not sure I recall a single time that I didn't have to make a run to the hardware store for whatever Pentalobe, Posidriv, or Torx tool I needed at the time. Finally, I gave up and realized, whatever the job, I don't have what I…
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Miracle

Miracle

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The word "miracle" is used in a multitude of ways. We have the "miracle on ice" a reference to the US team defeating the Soviets at the 1980 Winter Olympics. There is the "miracle on the Hudson" a reference to US Air Flight 1549 making an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. There is "Miracle on 34th Street," a movie about Santa Claus at Macy's. So what is a miracle, really? Mark 5-7 records several miracles of Christ that display his power as the Son of God and prove his claim to be the Messiah. These miracles also provide important lessons on the ingredients God has provided for victory in the life or every believer. This week, we look at one of the strangest of these miracles, Jesus'…
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Testing

Testing

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I am not a great fan of standardized tests in general, and college entrance exams in particular. The idea that coloring in circles with a No. 2 pencil could determine my choice of college and career was stressful. My least favorite part of the tests were the analogy sections. Apparently, my knowing how the relationship between seemingly different items would decide if I was or was not college material. So that I don't suffer alone, here are a few examples for you to try: Palette is to Painter as: A. Trial is to Jury; B. Barber is to Scissors; C. Sandwich is to Restaurant; D. Saddle is to Jockey Medicine is the Illness as: A. Hunger is to Thirst; B. Law is to Anarchy; C. Love is to Treason; D. Stimulant is to Sensitivity Sorry, I don't…
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Family Tree

Family Tree

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I have two aunts, one on each side of the family, who worked diligently to develop our genealogy. It's interesting to discover your ancestors. We don't have anyone famous, but there are some interesting stories, like the grandmother who may or may not have been Native American (depending on who you ask) or the English aristocrat who left money and fame to marry an Alabama farmer. Your family matters, not only to you, but to God. This week we will look at Ephesians 5:22-6:9 for God's prescription for a healthy family. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Good Advice

Good Advice

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Everyone likes to give good advice. We're not quite as excited to get advice, even if it is good. You may say, "Thanks, that's great advice" while in the back of your mind you're thinking, "Why don't you mind your own business?" Good advice is in the eye of the beholder, or more specifically in the eye of the person who gave the advice. However we may receive it, the truth is, we all need good advice, like the command we find in Ephesians 5:21. Join us Sunday for advice that we may not like, but we all need. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Classical Music

Classical Music

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Music has always been a big part of life. I suspect Adam and Eve whistled a tune while walking through the garden. Songs have always been an important part of worship, a fact Paul uses to encourage a life of thankfulness before the Lord (Ephesians 5:19-20). Join us this Sunday to learn how to live with a song in your heart. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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