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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Intellegence Quiz

Intellegence Quiz

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Want to take a test of your intelligence? You just took one. If you noticed the word "intelligence" is misspelled in the title of this post, congratulate yourself on passing the test and give yourself a cookie. If you didn't notice, don't worry. I didn't notice until my computer spell-checked this paragraph. We can commiserate together in our failure (I'm sure I have a bag of Oreos around here somewhere). In Ephesians 5:15-17, Paul gives advice to the Ephesians of the first century that he could give to us today - be careful how you live. Join us this week as we learn how the Bible teaches us to Live Smart! See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Light on Your Feet

Light on Your Feet

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The old joke is that Ginger Rogers was twice as good at ballroom dancing as her longtime movie partner, Fred Astaire. Why? Because she had to do everything Fred did, only backwards and in high heels. I have no idea how to judge dancing talent, but Paul gives a black and white decision about living as a believer. Ephesians 5:8-14 describes the difference between walking in darkness and walking in light. Join us this week as we learn some specific ways we can always walk in the light. Hear this message at NHBC Media
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Genuine Imitation

Genuine Imitation

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I've always enjoyed professional impersonators. These entertainers make a great living sounding like other people. I knew one impersonator who used different voices for his voicemail. People called him just to see who would answer the phone. On any given day you could be greeted by Billy Graham, Don Knotts, or Gomer Pyle. This week, we will discover Paul's admonition to do the greatest impersonation of all; he invites believers to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1-2). Obviously, we will never perfectly achieve that goal, but if you are going to have a goal in life, you might as well make it a good one. Join us this week as we all learn to aim high. See you Sunday! Hear this message at NHBC Media
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What a Day!

What a Day!

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Sometimes the same word can have opposite meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. Grammarians call these words "contronyms." For example, the verb "overlook" can mean "to monitor closely" (as in a boss overlooks the progress on the job) or "to choose not to monitor at all" (as in a boss overlooked the errors because he was on vacation). To "dust" can mean to put something on something else (as in a cook dusting a cake with powdered sugar) or to take something off (as in a cook dusting the counter after they spilled powdered sugar). So it is with the phrase "what a day." You might say the phrase as you come in from work, glad the day is over, or you might say the phrase…
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