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Reformed and Self-Righteous?

I offer this as brief haunt to a self-convicted attitude. It requires spiritual finesse to walk between the extremes of perceptiveness vs. priggishness. Between being smart or self-righteous. Discerning or Damning. Clever or Condemning. Self-righteousness is loathsome. It’s...
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Church is Becoming a Shared Priority

As a pastor this is frustrating to me. I hear the reasons often for why such and such didn’t make church. Church today is becoming a shared priority. It’s been a slow pendulum shift from the 1980’s and 90’s when church attendance and faithfulness were seen...
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A Day in Paradise? The New Era Church

Luk 6:46  “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  It has become too easy. It has become too cheap. It has become too theatrical, even too contrived. It has become world-like. It happens in the comfort of air-conditioned...
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Redeem the Time

Ephesians 5:16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. I make a little “electronic” phone reminder used as my sales motivation, “time wasted equals opportunity lost.” In the workplace, that’s my B-12 vitamin to keep plugging away at it,...
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You Don’t Belong in our Diversity Club!

If you want to get accepted today in the typical American workplace then just throw out words like “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” Now you’ve joined the club. Diversity means, no one can discriminate in hiring or functioning in the workplace on the...
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Vitriol, Idealogy and our Evil Side

It’s August 15, 2017…and once again, people are up in arms. It was heightened in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, and seems to be gaining steam recently in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. I watched the latest Durham protest, the sacking of a bronze “Old Joe”...
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Christian Solitude

The pagan Philosopher Voltaire once quipped, “The happiest of all lives, is a busy solitude.” One may interpret the Philosophers words variably, but what I think he really meant was, we are better off busying ourselves in our own solitude than we are in the presence...
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Hey Christian – It’s Time to Plan for Holiness

1Pe 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 1Pe 1:15 but...
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The Unsung Paramedic

Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems like whenever there’s a life-threatening tragedy (save the latest Sully movie), the ‘paramedic’ or the hero is soon forgotten and the ‘saved’ person is most remembered. I just watched an interview of a 15 year...
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Hymn: I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow

John Newton is the writer of this hymn, a man who lived a good part of his life as a sailor, experienced many hardships, and was later converted after reading Thomas a Kempis’. This hymn is based on a prayer in which the believer asks the Father for Christian growth.  ...
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An Urgent Call for the Church’s Response to the Orlando Attack: CPR Compassion, Prayer, Repentance

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. Our country has, once again, been devastated with a collective heart-stopping reminder...
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The Silent Jehovah

Mat 27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Mat 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” Mat 27:14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor...
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Reflections from India – February 2016

For 7 days Peter Fendrich and Shannon Rucker were blessed with the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his word with the students, professors and staff at Trivandrum Bible College.   It marked our first fore into the country of India; here are some spiritual,...
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Jack-Pot Super Danger

My gleeful imagination goes hay-wire when I begin to think of the endless possibilities of winning a $1.4 billion payday as was finally dealt to three Powerball jackpot winners this past week.   Just by playing a $2.00 lottery ticket one can strike it rich!   But we should get a...
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Controlled Passion – Part II

Exercising self-control for the Christian is a battle each time we have to put it to use.   When we need self-control the most, is when it often seems like the hardest thing to do.  It’s because something out there is luring something inside of us.  Peopl...
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