Band of Believers: “My World”

Band of Believers: “My World” “Is he not your Father, your Creator…?”“Is he not your Father, your Creator…?” The way saplings are related by seed and soil to the most ancient redwoods in the forest, we are bound together with Christians of the past by the Apostle’s Creed, that ancient...

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What-ever: “What Are You Thinking?”

What-ever: “What Are You Thinking?” Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again; Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4  What-ever the stress, whatever our challenges, what-ever the latest story on the evening news, Paul says that making the choice to rejoice is what matters most as we “think along...

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What-ever: “Permanently Pressing”

  What-ever  “Permanently Pressed” Philippians 3: 7-10 “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize…” Philippians 3:14   Given the relative ease with which people move from place to place and country to country,  citizenship has become a...

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What-ever: “Pure and Praiseworthy

What-ever: “Pure and Praiseworthy”    Philippians 2:3-4 “…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…” Philippians 2:12  Jesus was wholly obedient to the will of the Father, and Paul was obedient to the will of God in Jesus. Can we say the same? What-ever we do, Paul says...

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What-ever: “Nobly Done”

What-ever: “Nobly Done”  “Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ”- Philippians 1:27 “What-ever” is an expression of indifference, but not in the Christian life. Paul says that what-ever we think, act on, or otherwise lend our energies to makes a difference to the church,...

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Sight/ Seeing: “Look at Me”

Sight /Seeing: “Look at Me” Luke 18:9-13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance…‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’” – Luke 18:13  From the time we can talk we are calling to Mom: “look at me!”, knowing that the sight of our achievements will result in her high...

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Less for More: “Me-Less”

May 19 Less for More: “Me-Less” Matthew 8:18-22 “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” – Matthew 8:19 Jesus says we should judge-less for more love in our lives, worry-less for more trust in God, and treasure stuff-less for more treasures in heaven.  But what if we start with...

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