Our heart plays a significant part of our Christian witness. A believer cannot have a hard, calloused or cold heart. It must be a heart of love. We must have a cheerful heart. Far too many of God’s people never exhibit a cheerful heart. A heart filled with gladness, a heart beating with praise and…

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Luke 16:19-31 Reverend Bo Ubbens Messiah Anglican Church Understanding this parable starts with understanding what Jesus has come to accomplish. Jesus is here to upend a world in rebellion against God. We see the effects of that rebellion throughout our lives: oppression and bigotry, greed and poverty, war and slavery. Jesus has not come only…

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Luke 16:19-31 “There was once a rich man who dressed in the most expensive clothes and lived in great luxury every day. There was also a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who used to be brought to the rich man’s door, hoping to eat the bits of food that fell from the rich…

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Last year, I preached a sermon entitled “Make Sure You Live Up To Your Bumper Sticker.” I have seen many different religious sayings on bumper stickers and at times, the drivers have not been consistent with the words. They engage in road rage and display ungodly gestures. It is important for all believers to be…

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The Lord is the only one who can give real joy to us. For the joy of the Lord is our strength. We may receive joy from this world, but make no mistake; it is only temporary. That joy does not last and is often superficial: it is not real joy. Some say that there…

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Luke 10:25-37 Reverend Joe Watkins Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Many people who attend church believe that they are okay with God as long as they follow the rules. For many people the rules are: attend church regularly, because attendance probably matters to God; pay attention to the important holy days each year and observe them;…

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The Bethlehem Baptist and Salem Baptist Churches are heeding the best information of public health officials, the Commonwealth’s governor and  our best judgment in suspending church services for this coming weekend and until it is deemed safe and appropriate for corporate worship to resume. While we have relied upon government sources, our decision to temporarily…

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This Christian race is a faith journey. As God’s people, we walk by faith and not by sight. We know beyond the shadow of doubt that without faith it is impossible to please God. Having faith in God means to depend on Him even when we do not know the outcome. Our faith in God…

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Luke 10-25-37 REVEREND JOSÉ ARIS SÁNCHEZ Spirit & Truth Fellowship Church The lawyer asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus responds that his neighbor is anyone in need. He is essentially asking, “Where do I draw the line in my neighborhood?” The proper question should have been, “How can I possibly be a good…

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When we follow God’s way, we will never go wrong. For His way is perfect. Our way is never the best way. Whenever we try to do things on our own, we make a mess. Not only do we hurt ourselves, we often hurt others. I remember “Oh, to be kept by Jesus.” I have…

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