A Transformed Life

   In Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 12, we find these words; “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1,2) I’d like to focus on that word, “transformed”. Webster’s defines that word in its basic meaning as, “to change...

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Don’t Ever Give Up!

Well, the 2016 Summer Olympics have gotten under way in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and high above the city, standing on Corcovado Mountain, stands the statue of Cristo Redentor, that is, Christ the Redeemer for us non-Brazilian speaking folks, overlooking the grand city and the vast blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. What a sight it is! The statue itself stands tall above the city with the arms of Christ extended outward to each side symbolizing the loving watch care and protection of Jesus Christ as He watches over all...

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Real Friendship

   Our Sunday School lesson this past Sunday was on “Friendship” based on the story of David and Jonathan. If you want to know what real friendship looks like in the Bible, read their story in the book of First Samuel, or how about the friendship that existed between Ruth and Naomi. What did Ruth tell her former mother-in-law? Naomi was trying to send Ruth back to Moab where she came from so she could find a husband for herself. Both Ruth’s and Naomi’s...

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When Facing Giants

Most everybody who has ever heard Bible stories growing up is familiar with the story of David and a giant named Goliath. If there is any one story in the Old Testament that people remember, it’s this one. There are the stories of creation, and of Noah and the Ark, but when it comes to stories about King David, this is the one that stands out among all the others. Why? Because it’s the story of a young boy, probably in his later teens, and his...

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