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A Reminder to Remain. John 15:4

December 22, 2011 by

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John 15:4 “Remain in me and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit on its own, it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” The importance of the branch remaining in the Vine no one can argue.  Neither can we take away from the […]

When Joseph Woke Up

December 20, 2011 by

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“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1: 24. Imagine it from Joseph’s perspective.  You had picked Mary and she had said yes.  You didn’t have much, but the promise of a faithful wife and the hope of children […]

Clean by His Word. John 15:3

December 15, 2011 by

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John 15:3  “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you” This short verse is packed full of insight into Jesus’ amazing grace and mercy.  Notice three things: Our Need of Becoming Clean  To 20th Century Westerners, this idea of being clean seems to be a nice notion, but to Jesus […]

The king who did not finish well

December 13, 2011 by

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Uzziah who began his rule as King of Judah at age 16, was a remarkable king, and his life provides a great case study in leadership (See 2 Chronicles 26). He honored his family/the throne, provided for his people, organized & equipped his people, trained others for leadership, promoted innovation, and was known far & […]

A Christmas miracle?

December 13, 2011 by

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Many of you have followed, prayed, and encouraged us through this last year in the midst of the medical ordeal with our 10 year old daughter, Ashley. Last Spring she wasn’t able to eat, walk, or talk and was on a feeding tube for 2 months. She had slipped into a state of catatonia. I […]

The Purpose of Pruning. John 15:2

December 8, 2011 by

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John 15:2  “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Dick Woodward, a pastor and teacher in Williamsburg, Va, once told me of a conversation he had with a vinedresser in which the vinedresser told […]

Staying fresh in the faith

December 6, 2011 by

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Mike Cramer asked me to blog about my experience in ministry and business through the years and about how to stay fresh in the faith.  For some background, I am married to Lisa (we met at Saranac in the early 90’s) and have four children ages 15,13,13,12.  After 3 years as a volunteer leader, 11 […]