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Servants Of The Lord

One of the most serious charges that can be leveled at us is the claim that “Church People” are turned in on themselves. We Christians are vulnerable in the extreme to such a charge because the Gospel we preach is the Good News that God is a loving God who cares about His human creatures, …

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He’s Done It Again

A man was returning home in his pickup truck after attending a religious revival meeting. He was still pondering the sermon on Jesus’ miracle of changing water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana when the local sheriff ordered him to “pull over.” Acting on a tip that an illegal still was being operated …

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Stranger Than Fiction

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” we often say. And that is how Jesus’ offer of new life must have sounded to the Pharisees and others: stranger than fiction. To understand it, they would have to change their whole way of thinking. When a certain pastor tried to explain to a prospective convert that in order …

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Five Simple Words

A wise old woman, who had little formal education, taught her granddaughter to memorize this formula for a good life: Wash what is dirty. Water what is dry. Heal what is wounded. Warm what is cold. Guide what goes off the road. Grandmother’s wisdom becomes most evident in the final ingredient of her good-life formula: …

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Stop! I Say

The story is told of a preacher who often did very dramatic things to hold the congregation’s attention. For example, once when it came time to say the Lord’s Prayer, he uttered the first two words-“Our Father”-then shouted “Stop!” at the top if his voice. He then immediately proceeded to preach a sermon on why …

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Accentuate The Positive

Jesus called the Grace of a God who loves us infinitely, “The Pearl of Great Price.” In our own time, it has been said that “the consolations of religion” are being sought at “cut-rate” prices; that too many Christians are looking for “cheap grace.” Cheap grace means that the love of God is accepted as …

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Who Is The Lord Our God?

From Matthew’s Gospel, we all know Jesus’ answer to that question. There are two great commandments in the Law He said, 1) “You shall love the Lord your God” and 2) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In Luke’s Gospel, the question comes up in reverse form. Jesus asks the lawyer the question. And …

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Face To Face

At the “Special Olympics” held in Seattle a few years ago, nine contestants (all disabled in some way) lined up for the start of the hundred-yard-dash. When the starter’s gun was fired, all got off well, except one boy who tripped over his own feet, tumbled to the ground, scraped his arm and began to …

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The Gift Of Ears

A great deal has been said in recent years about Christians who have received the gift of tongues. Many good things can come from this gift that is given to some Christians. A great deal more should be said about Christians who have received the gift of ears because, while the gift of tongues is …

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A Seamless Robe

There is a wonderful “New Yorker” magazine cartoon which depicts a woman, scowling, as she says: One day Arnie, my husband, pointed out to me that every word I said sounded exactly like my mother. So he sent me into analysis and I worked on it for a year. But when I thought I sounded …

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Coming Home

An elderly pastor stepped off the curb to begin crossing the street. A motorist honked at him and he leaped in alarm. The frightened clergyman’s companion tried to ease the tension with a friendly taunt. “Why did you jump like that at a mere auto horn? You are always talking about faith, and the mercy …

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Somebody’s Not Doing His Job

There is a “Peanuts” cartoon in which little Lucy asks, “Why do you think we’re put here on earth, Charlie Brown?” “To make others happy,” says Charlie. To which Lucy replies, “I don’t think I’m making anyone very happy.” Then, thinking it over, she says, “Of course nobody’s making me very happy either. SOMEBODY’S NOT …

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