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Examine your heart

Jesus. Jesus. You say it. Say it again. Say it out loud and repeat His name several times. The old Gaither song is right, there is just something about that name. "Master, Savior, like the springtime after the rain…" It is the name we call upon for salvation. It is the name we call upon for cleansing of sin. It is the name we call upon in times of fear. And it is the name we call upon to strengthen our faith. Jesus knows our deepest secrets, He knows our greatest struggles, He knows the things that shake our foundation ...

October 25, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Burnham: Examine your heart

How's your heart?

October 18, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a thought: All you do

What difference do you make to the Kingdom work God is doing around you? Some may feel they don't contribute much, but let's remember all the members of the body are essential for the body to function properly. Just because you don't preach or teach doesn't mean you're unimportant. If you are serving God, using your spirit given gifts and serving for the honor and glory of God, you are essential! When you consider the ministry of Jesus, it is easy to focus on those out in front such as Jesus and the disciples. But ...

October 04, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved".

September 25, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


In doubt

What a prison self consciousness can be. When I think of those "would be" Christians if they could just find someone to express the love of God and acceptance to them. In Luke 7, we read the story of a self-righteous Pharisee who invites Jesus to dinner and an encounter with a prostitute. (Odd mix I know) but it is kind of like Christians in the world with judgmental spirits or worse how sinners are made to feel (if) or when they walk into the church building. You have heard people say, "Well if I went to church the ceiling ...

September 25, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved."

September 11, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


In doubt

Doubt happens to the best of us. I know we sometimes put people on a pedestal like famous preachers, authors or even mature Christians we know and then criticize ourselves with comparisons like "I bet they are too spiritually mature to doubt like me. I wish I was more like them." But the truth is, they do have times of doubt because we all do. We have times of doubt when tragedies strike for no reason or prayers go unanswered or we get mistreated for trying to do the right thing, etc. We wonder if anyone else struggles with the ...

September 11, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


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Telling the good news

I never cease to be amazed at people and how they react to good news. I remember watching television game shows with my grandmother when I was a child. Her favorite was the game show where the contestants had to guess the price of something, and if they were lucky enough to guess close enough to the actual price, they would win the item as their prize. Some of the contestants would run to the mike almost breathlessly, while others would just briskly walk. If they won the item, some contestants would laugh while others would cry tears of joy.

August 05, 2011 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


McCoy: The power of prayer

Psalm 17:6-7 (New Living Translation): I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.

July 29, 2011 | Jan McCoy | Columnists


Scharf: You are workers for Christ

Last week, we saw Jesus tell us to pray for workers to go tell people about their salvation, to go help those who were headed for hell. And we saw why. It's because God loves us…and them. But then something strange happened, we realized that when we prayed the prayer Jesus asked us to pray, to send workers into the harvest field, God answered it. You, the one reading this, you are that worker you just prayed for.

July 29, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Lost without a shepherd

Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few" (Matthew 9:38). Is that still true?

July 22, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Jan McCoy: Traditions are important

In our family, traditions determine how we do certain things, talk certain ways, and observe certain rituals. Some traditions go back many generations, and some are traditions that we have started in our immediate family.

July 22, 2011 | By Jan McCoy | Columnists


Sowell: Unknown unknowns

When Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense, he coined some phrases about knowledge that apply far beyond military matters.

July 16, 2011 | Thomas Sowell | Columnists


Scharf: Unity with the Trinity

Martin Luther, said, "To try to deny the Trinity endangers your salvation; to try to comprehend the Trinity endangers your sanity."

July 15, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


McCoy: The God who knows

"O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me."

July 14, 2011 | Jan McCoy Columnist | Columnists


Jan McCoy: Walking in the light

Psalm 119: 105 (New Living Translation) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

July 08, 2011 | Jan McCoy Columnist | Columnists


Scharf: Unity in the Trinity

Has it ever dawned on you that what you are about to say to someone may be the last words you ever get to speak to them? Does that change anything in what you say, or in how you say it?

July 08, 2011 | Lee Sandow | Columnists


Living out loud - Resisting temptation

I have discovered this principle of life - that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I ...

July 01, 2011 | By Jan McCoy | Columnists


Grace Notes - ”Today” is the difference in our lives

Last week, we looked at the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) and heard Jesus tell that sinful tax collector "Today, salvation has come to this house."

July 01, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Making Changes

Change is inevitable.

June 24, 2011 | By Jan McCoy | Columnists


The importance of several ‘todays’

There are certain "todays" that matter more than others.

June 24, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: He came for you

The Bible uses a bunch of stories to tell us why Jesus came.

June 10, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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