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How to Raise a Crook

This week we talked about the 8th Commandment, “You shall not steal.” We found that stealing comes in many forms; it isn’t just thievery. We also found that we cannot steal without violating the Great Commandment and hindering the Great Commission. 


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Creating Margins to Honor God In

In 1994 a book was written called “Margins.” In this book the author says that books that were written 150 years ago had small print that went from edge to edge on the page. Publishers back then believed that if they crammed more words on a page that the reader would get more out of the book.


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Passing God’s Tests is what Grows Our Faith

 Many of us have remained at the same level of faith for years, and we wonder why God hasn’t increased our faith. Consider for a moment the story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham is called the Father of the Nation of Israel. Yet he was asked by God to put it all on the line in a test of his faith.


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The Problem with America Isn’t the Government

I trust that everyone had a blessed 4th of July. I spent mine running cable to hook up an antenna to our television, moving stuff around the house, and hanging things on the walls. The parsonage is looking more and more like home every day.

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The Rich Fool

I was reading this morning about the rich fool in Luke 12. He had a bumper crop and no place to store his surplus, so he decided to build bigger barns. This man had a problem with materialism. That same problem seems to permeate American society today. We have so much and we don’t have room to store it all. Did you know that over the past few years, the fastest growing commercial real estate business in America has been the self-storage business?

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I love the church, and I am so happy to be part of First Christian Church in Kewanee. This is the ninth church that I have been part of and I would rank it with two others as my favorite churches. There is so much to be proud of in our church; we have so much going for us. 


With that said, I learned something this week about the connection between perception and what we focus on.

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A Call to Soldiers Everywhere

As soldiers for Christ we face a unique challenge. We are called to love God and make disciples. But how can we do that in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile to anything Christian? A hostile society isn’t anything new. The early church faced a government that was openly hostile to them and yet they thrived. How did they do it? Was it through political action groups and a “Moral Majority?” Was it through electing religious leaders? No, it was through discipleship.

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The Distracted Soldier

Soldiers, what is distracting you and causing you to abandon your post? It takes discipline to stay at your post when Satan distracts you with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. But if we are to be godly soldiers, we must not let these distractions beat us.

Since none of us are inherently righteous, we must take Paul’s instruction in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 seriously. “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”


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Spiritual Health – Hypocrisy

A saloon keeper sold his old tavern to a local church. Enthusiastic church members tore out the bar, added some lights, gave the whole place a fresh coat of paint, and installed some pews.

Somehow a parrot which belonged to the saloon keeper was left behind. On Sunday morning that colorful bird was watching from the rafters. When the minister appeared, he squawked, “New proprietor!” When the men who were to lead in worship marched in, the bird piped, “New floor show!” But when the bird looked out over the congregation, he screeched, “Same old crowd!”

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Healthy Living: Spiritual Health – Thought Life

During a long and losing baseball game, the restless boys on the little league team began to question Ritchie, their assistant coach, about his attractive sister. How old was she? Was she going out with anyone…? etc.

The head coach was beginning to get annoyed. Not only were they losing, but now he realized his boys didn’t have their head in the game. So he decided to put a stop to it. In his frustration he hollered at the boys: “When you’re in the dugout you boys talk BASEBALL!”

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