Sweetness for the Bitter Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians. 4:31-32 We don’t hold on to wrongs for days, we hold on to wrongs for…

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The Kingdom in Reverse In the next few weeks we are arriving at the major turning point of the gospel of Mark.  While Jesus has faced opposition from the religious authorities, the populace has seemingly embraced his ministry enthusiastically.  Both Jews and Gentiles have experienced healings, exorcisms, and gathered en masse to see, hear, and…

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Eternity and the Endless Communication of God’s Glory Forgive me for two posts in one day.  This is from “The End for Which God Created the World” by Jonathan Edwards.  I wrestled with it again today in my study of Exodus 7:5- The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out…

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A Real Banquet And they all ate and were satisfied. Mark 6:42   It doesn’t take long to be involved in a church to realize that any church event must be accompanied by food.  The old McDonald’s slogan “food, folks, and fun” was often applied to church life.  There is nothing wrong with eating at church…

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Bible Translation Controversy (!) I first heard it like this: “Pastor Ryan, did you hear that Wycliffe Bible Translators is doing a translation that changes “son of God” to something else so it won’t offend Muslims?”   Wycliffe has gone liberal!  Wycliffe denies the gospel!  Wycliffe is probably a terrorist sleeper cell just waiting to…

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The Way It should Be

Back in December in a Sunday PM sermon on Micah I alluded to the controversy over a nativity scene in a Texas town between an atheist and the town.  I was amazed and encouraged to see this follow up article.  It’s a must read.

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Our Kids Listen to Us I had to share this.  Recently, Zoe, a 7 year old girl at our church, had a playground accident and broke her arm.  She was brave and endured the pain.  Her 8 year old brother, Jack, helped to get the ambulance and even got Zoe a stuffed animal so she…

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