High School Reunion

High School Reunion

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I haven’t had the opportunity to go to one of my high school reunions. As far as I know, they haven’t had one in several years. I’m guessing that experience would be a mixed bag. There would be some good conversations catching up with what’s been going on in everyone’s life through the years and probably some reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.” The fact is, though, high school is a roller coaster for most people. Trying to sort through the lunchroom politics and pecking order while attempting to pass chemistry could be a challenge. Some “good ol’ days” weren’t all that good. So it was for the nation of Israel. They longed for the good ol’ days . . . in slavery back in Egypt. Join us this week…
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Fresh Water

Fresh Water

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For Christmas, we bought a pitcher that filters water. It’s not that our water is all that bad, but the pitcher does take out some of the impurities and taste out of our tap water. There’s nothing quite like a cool, clean glass of water on a hot day. Especially if you’ve been walking through the desert all week. Moses and the people of Israel began their journey out of Egypt with great excitement. Walking through an ocean on dry land will do that for you. But that was before; this was now. They were in the desert with no water in sight. It’s hard to blame them for some disappointment, even some fear. But in this experience, Moses and the people learned an important lesson we all need to…
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Victory Celebration

Victory Celebration

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People celebrate victory in all kinds of ways. The Romans held a parade for military leaders when they won a significant battle. The victorious commander wore a laurel crown while riding in a chariot pulled by four horses. He would be followed by wagons loaded with whatever riches had been captured, along with musicians and actors performing various reenactments of the battle. Football players, in leagues where it is allowed, celebrate touchdowns in the end zone. Elmo Wright, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969, is credited with the first end zone dance in NFL history. Exodus 15 records a victory celebration after God delivered them from the armies of Egypt by parting the Red Sea. Join us this Sunday to find out how we can all…
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Well almost. The new year doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but as 2019 comes to a close it gives everyone an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the year gone by, and look forward to what God is going to do in 2020. Join us this Sunday as we learn the most important thing every person needs to do to get ready for the new year (Revelation 22:20). See you Sunday!
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He’s Coming Back!

He’s Coming Back!

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I remember when I was in college and the president came to town. A huge crowd gathered at the airport to see Air Force One land. The president got off the plane, shook hands with the mayor, waved at the crowd, got back on Air Force One and continued on his journey. And the crowd loved it. They had waited out there all day for a five-minute glimpse of the president. I get it. It’s not every day that the leader of the free world visits your town. Even if you didn’t vote for him, it’s worth heading out to the airport. The shepherds rushed to see something even greater. They went to Bethlehem to see the Savior. This week, we celebrate this extraordinary event, and will read in Revelation…
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I Declare

I Declare

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My grandmother used to say it all the time, “Well, I declare.” This usually followed something surprising that happened, like when all 50 plus of my family would show up for Christmas dinner. I’m not sure what she said after we left – probably some version of the Hallelujah Chorus. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus makes a profound declaration, describing himself with three titles: the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star. Join us this Sunday to find out why these titles still resonate today as we prepare to celebrate the Savior’s birth. See you Sunday!
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Real ID

Real ID

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Missouri is currently in the process of converting driver’s licenses and identification cards to what is called “Real ID.” Beginning October 1, 2020, to board a domestic or international flight, you will need a Real ID-compliant license or ID card, which you will also need to enter federal facilities or your neighborhood nuclear power plant. The idea is simple – for the security of everyone, secure facilities need to know who you are if you are trying to get in. Identification is important, so the Bible begins and ends with a clear identification – the Jesus born in Bethlehem is God (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 22:13). Join us this Sunday to find out why this makes a difference. See you Sunday!
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The Mission

The Mission

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The Mission If you ever needed a statistic to get you excited about international missions, this is a good one: China, an officially atheist nation, is on pace to have the largest population of Christians of any nation in the world by 2030. (https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/China-officially-atheist-could-have-more-12633079.php) God is continuing a work begun by missionaries like Lottie Moon, a missionary to China whose letters home inspired Baptists to create a special offering in support of mission work. This Sunday, join us as we explore God’s plan for his name to be known “from the rising to the setting of the sun.” (Malachi 1:11) See you Sunday!
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Lopsided Victory

Lopsided Victory

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The most lopsided victory in NFL history occurred on December 8, 1940, when the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73-0. In this incredible blowout: The game had to be finished using practice balls because the Bears had kicked all of the game balls into the stands on extra points. Washington had nine turnovers; Chicago had one. The Bears’ defense intercepted more passes (8) than the Washington offense completed (7). Chicago outgained Washington 519 yards to 231. Washington quarterback Sammy Baugh was asked by a reporter if an incomplete pass that would have scored a touchdown early in the game would have changed the outcome. He replied, “Sure, it would’ve been 73-7.” (espn.com) That’s a lopsided victory, to be sure, but nothing compared to the victory described in Genesis 3:15.…
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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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