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Content in All Things

CONTENTMENT IS TAKING PLEASURE IN GOD'S DISPOSAL. Jeremiah Burroughs writes in his book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Conentment: This is so when I am well pleased in what God does, in so far as I can see God in it, though, as I said, I may be sensible of the affliction, and may desire that God in his due time would remove it, and may use means to remove it. Yet I am well...

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A Woman of Confidence

A Woman of Confidence Confidence is a popular word in our culture today. Talk of it can be found in books, magazines, movies, television, blogs, podcasts, songs, conferences, schools, and even churches. It is, by definition, a firm trust in something or someone. We show confidence that our job will still be available when we get to work each day, that our doctor will know...

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Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? Was Jesus really born on December 25? Isn't the Christmas holiday born from pagan roots? These kinds of questions seem to come up every year at this time. Here are my answers: No, most likely Jesus was born earlier in the year. Yes, the Roman Catholic Church instituted the Christmas holiday to offset pagan celebrations. Should Chris...

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Having a Correct View of Ourselves in Christ

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Looking at the Scriptural truths of how we should view ourselves in Christ within Stuart Townend's hymn "How Deep the Father's Love"....

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Wearing a Mask for the Glory of Christ

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Wearing a Mask for the Glory of Christ I am (like many of you, I think) to the point of just closing my eyes and shaking my head at all of the events of this year. The latest ordinance now for Springfieldians is the mandate to wear a face covering in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To be honest, my initial, fleshly reaction to this mandate is one of suspicion, d...

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Your Greatest Desire?

"Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that Idesire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is thestrength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:25-26) How would you complete the following sentence?My greatest desire is _______________. How you would truthfully fillin that blank is the most telling thing about you! Certainly, t...

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The Real Test of Nobility

"Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; theyreceived the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily tosee if these things were so." (Acts 17:11)Paul and Silas' teaching in Thessalonica caused such an uproar that the believers there sent the two missionaries away, fearing for their lives. They traveled down the road to the next town, Berea, ...

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Summit - Home to Missionaries

Summit - home to neighborhood missionaries ...

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Prophets in Our Pulpits

I read some very challenging words from Paul this morning in Acts 20:24:"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, ifonly I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from theLord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."Paul was heading back to Jerusalem after completing his third missionary journey, certain to face impris...

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The Greatest Command

"And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 'Teacher,which is the great commandment in the Law?' And he said to him, 'Youshall love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and withall your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second islike it: Your shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these twocommandments depend all th...

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