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The Day Death Thought He Won

The Day Death Thought He Won
Life can be so good.  When I see my son play, when I see my wife smile, when I have a good belly laugh, I am reminded how good life can be.  But even in the happiest times, there is always a shadow.  For life does not last.  No matter how full, how happy, how healthy, how long life may be, death always finds us.  He finds everything.  He claims everything.  Trees die, flowers die, animals die, we die. And how we hate him.  We avoid him, ignore him, fight him, run from him, fear him, hate him, and yet death always wins.  He is relentless.  He haunts us, follows us, seeks us, finds us, and claims us.  Paul says it well in Romans.  All have sinned, and so all are cursed by sin, and sin spreads, and sin invites death.  For the wages of sin is death.  Death never fails to exact what is due him.  Romans 5:14 says that death reigns.  And though we do not know it yet, we are already dead.  For as death separates our souls from our body in the end, as death separat…

4 Ways to Encourage Someone This Week

This week in our service we talked about Barnabas and how he encouraged Paul in his ministry.  What an amazing story!  It makes me wonder how many people around me have great potential to accomplish mighty things for Jesus if they simply receive encouragement!  And who will encourage them if I don't?  Are you being a Barnabas to the Pauls in your life? I hope you are. And if you aren't yet, I hope you will! And you can start today.

So here are 4 simple ways to encourage someone this week!

1. Send an encouraging letter.

Have you ever opened your mailbox to find an unexpected letter from a friend?  It does not happen often, but when it does, how special do you feel?  Sending someone a random, encouraging letter is a great way to let someone know that they are not forgotten.  It will make their day!  And it is easy to do.  Who could you send a letter to this week?

2.  Call someone to let them know you appreciate them.

99% of the phone calls we get are from people that need somethin…

A new year's Perspective

Discipleship

Follower, Learner, Disciple.                                   Sunday Dec 31,2017 We live in an age where it seems that we follow many people and things. We are like sheep who have gone astray. Society holds up actors and entertainers as the ultimate examples follow. After all they are rich so they must know something we don’t. Notice how they seem to set the trend for how we dress and how we act and what we hold as exciting. And they are often a topic of discussion. I’m not sure why that is. But perhaps it has to do with the fact that we spend a lot of time watching the media. That includes social media as well as movies and TV. So, these people are always before our eyes. The young are the most impressionable. They are always on the hunt for the next coolest thing. And these people seem to offer it. Sometimes being a follower can get one into a lot of trouble. A number of years ago one of my sons got into a lot of trouble following his older brother and his friends. His older brother w…