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Body of Christ

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.

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God is Love

Erin Griffin in “The Mind Changers” told of a kindergarten teacher who asked her class to draw something that was important to them. In the back of the room, little Johnny began to labor over his drawing. Everybody else finished and handed in their pictures, but not Johnny. He was still drawing. The teacher graciously walked back and put her arm around Johnny’s shoulder and said, “Johnny, what are you drawing?” Johnny responded “God.” The teacher said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” He answered, “They will when I’m through.”


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God of Second Chances

Have you ever seen the movie “Cinderella Man?” The movie is based on the life of a washed-up boxer named James Braddock. James was a light-heavyweight boxer who was at one time a championship contender. Unfortunately he broke his hand during one of his bouts and he never quite lived up to his potential.


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Drowning

In chapter 2 of Jonah we find Jonah going down into the sea. He believed that the ocean was going to be his grave. He felt the waves pushing against his body. Seaweed wrapped around him, which made it difficult for him to stay afloat. Finally, he sank into the deep and saw the roots of the mountains where they met the bottom of the sea. He felt his life slowly fading away as he was about to drown. It was then that he prayed in desperation for God’s help.


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Prayer of Praise

“As I sit in the Living Room in a cloud of smoke, I’m thinking I’m drowning. But I thought, it’s just pot … but in reality I was sinking deeper and deeper into Satan’s hands. But now I know God was on my side, for when I reached up, He reached down and pulled me up out of the cloud. When my head was full of smoke I couldn’t see you Lord, but now that my head is clear I look back and see how you held me up through the rough times. I praise You daily for making my life worth living. I will say, “Salvation comes from the Lord.”

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What is God’s Will For My Life?

What is God’s will for my life? That seems to be one of the most common questions that preachers get. People want to know what God’s specific will is for them. “Who should I marry? Where should I work? What does God want me to do with my life?


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Grace and Truth

One day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought before Him a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Then they said to Jesus, “… Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:4, 5)


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New Year to Serve

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Maybe you said: “I will eat better. I will read my Bible more. I will pray more. I will slow down and enjoy life. I will lose weight.”

 

These are all good resolutions, but did you notice that they all begin with the some word, “I.” sometimes it’s difficult to think beyond ourselves when it comes to making resolutions. What if we thought differently this year. What if instead of making resolutions that focused on self, we made resolutions that focused on others. Consider the following:


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No Room

Late one night many years ago a Jewish lady, Mrs. Rosenberg, found herself stranded at a fashionable resort—a resort that didn’t admit Jewish people. The desk clerk responded to her request, “Sorry, no room. The hotel is full.”

She responded, “But your sign says you have vacancies.”

The desk clerk stammered for a while and then finally said curtly, “You know that we don’t admit Jews. Now if you’ll try the other side of town…”

She stiffened and said, “I’ll have you know, I converted to your religion.”

The desk clerk said, “Oh? Then answer this: How was Jesus born?”

She said, “He was born in a stable and laid in a manger.”

“That’s right,” said the clerk. “And why was He born in a stable?”

She said, “Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn’t give a Jewish lady a room for the night!”


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Nativity

Have you set up your Nativity set yet? As one little girl was taking all the figures out for her mother to set up their Nativity set, she was heard saying “Here’s Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and the wise men and Mary’s little lamb.”
 
Consider the scene as the baby Jesus was born in that stable in Bethlehem. We rebuke the innkeeper for not making room for Jesus. We imagine Mary contentedly holding her newborn baby while she rests in Joseph’s arms. We even picture the animals quietly looking on with wonder in their eyes.
 


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