CHANCE IS LIKE A MAGIC WAND.

Scripture: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1     Message: How do you think that life came about? Where did it all begin? How was it all put in motion? Some believe life evolved by chance; others believe all creation came from God. The fact is, both philosophies take a great deal of faith.   Imagine this: One of our soldiers in the Middle East sets off a landmine and out of the explosion comes a perfectly built 747, ready to fly him…

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A GLANCE IN THE MIRROR.

Scripture: “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27   Message: A mirror reflects. If pointed at the sun, a mirror’s reflection is too brilliant to look at directly. If pointed at darkness, however, the same mirror reflects only darkness. The power is in where the mirror is positioned. Sometimes the results are brilliant and powerful and other times not. In the same way, God’s Word calls us ‘image bearers of God.’ When pointed…

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THROUGH GOD’S EYES.

Scripture: “And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1: 26     Message: Let’s be honest – judging others is easy. Think about it: How often do we meet someone new and judge their looks, intelligence or career compared to ourselves? We place them on a scale, giving…

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LIVING GOD’S WAY IN A CHANGING WORLD.

Scripture: “…blessed are they who keep my ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.” – Proverbs 8:32-33     Message: The new millennium was ushered in by a dramatic technological revolution. We now live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and media-saturated society. Couple that with all of the school shootings, cheating by both students and teachers, and now, even questioning the use of gender-identification. It seems evident that today’s problems are growing more complex.   It’s not difficult to recognize a tremendous decline of Biblical values…

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FINDING GOD IN GRIEF.

Scripture: “Therefore, you grieve now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:22     Message: When you lose a loved one, many people tend to sink deep into the dungeons of darkness as the colors of life fade away. It often makes life feel meaningless. Losing a loved one might even bring your everyday life to a halt or just feel much disoriented.   Some of us have already lost someone close in our…

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LOSING YOUR COOL IS NOT COOL.

Scripture: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” – Matthew 5:21-22     Message: Jesus talks a lot about the seriousness of anger. In God’s eyes, we are guilty of the worst crime against man — murder — when we lose our temper, have a contemptuous attitude, slander another, or are overly critical.…

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LOVING OTHERS AS CHRIST.

Scripture: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35     Message: It’s sad to have to admit, but Christians really can be incredibly unkind towards others – both inside and outside the church. We are often far too quick to point out the faults of others. We spread gossip and let jealousy…

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JESUS HATES PRETENSE.

Scripture: “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.” – Job 40:4     Message: This is a special message and it’s one that I didn’t particularly enjoy writing. However, it needs to be said again and again. This message is to all church-going pretenders out there – the ones who look heavenly on Sunday, but live like hell Monday through Saturday. You look good on the outside, but when God looks at your insides – inside your heart – it’s…

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE “I CAN’T SEE HIM” EXCUSE.

Scripture: “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” – Psalm 91:2   Message: There are times when I really have to wonder about all of us – the human race. We’ll do some of scariest and most idiotic things without giving it a second thought; while other times, we’re scared to death of something that just might be the best thing we’ve ever experienced. For example, think about how many people we blindly trust with our lives ever…

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THE POWER OF PORNOGRAPHY.

Scripture: “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22     Message: Anyone who has gone through puberty has struggled with lust. What is lust? Sexual lust refers to moving from simply appreciating the physical beauty of another to imaging a sexual fantasy. While men and women are both guilty of lust and improper sexual thoughts towards one another, men’s struggle is often more challenging. It’s a daily battle no matter how…

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