Category Archives: Alcohol

When False Teeth Become a Problem

but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16, N.K.J.V.) In his booklet How to Kill a Church Without Really … Continue reading

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What Bubba Smith Learned Too Late

Bubba Smith was an All American football player at Michigan State. He is one of only three players from that program to have his jersey number retired. Following his collegiate career, he was the #1 overall pick of the 1967 … Continue reading

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The First Church Scandal

(Series: “The Early Church of Jerusalem” post #9) I don’t care how smoothly a church is humming along, it isn’t immune from scandal. The problem is that people can’t help but be people. They are sin-marred individuals who are card-carrying … Continue reading

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Who Are You Dancing With?

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world….” (John 18:36, N.K.J.V.) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15, … Continue reading

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“Nobody Killed Me. I Had a Wreck.”

Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Peavy had a job working at a barbecue restaurant. One day, after work, she got in her pickup and drove to meet a friend. She tried a new route that day, thinking it would be a shortcut. What … Continue reading

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An Important Context

We Christians are very familiar with Philippians 4:13, where the apostle Paul says: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. But how many of us have ever considered the context for this classic verse? The fact is … Continue reading

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What’s Your Weakness?

For my sermon series on Samson, I’ve been reading one of Chuck Swindoll’s study guides on Old Testament characters. In his remarks concerning Samson, Swindoll makes an excellent point about the value of understanding one’s own weaknesses. He writes: It … Continue reading

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