Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Happy Reformation Day!

Today marks the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. In honor of this historic day, I would suggest taking a few moments to read this interesting article by Tim Chester.  It's called "10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation."  Here [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Redeeming the Heart | Matthew 5:8

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford Redeeming the Heart “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The first thing we learn in this beatitude is that Jesus is concerned with the heart.  It’s not enough to polish the outside of our lives.  Listen to what He says about the Pharisees in Matthew [...]

A Good Samaritan and a Great Savior

A Good Samaritan and a Great Savior Illustrating the Beatitudes with a Parable | Luke 10   A couple of weeks ago, I broke down on the road between Cornville and the Village of Oak Creek.  I was with Owen, about 5 miles from anything in all directions.  A very kind man pulled over and [...]

What Shall I do to Inherit Eternal Life?

The greatest question is, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” God’s standard for earning our way to heaven involves perfect love for God and perfect love for other people.  If we did those things perfectly, we would not need any other rules.  In fact, all the other commandments in the scripture are simply [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Romans|2 Comments

The Essence of Biblical Mercy

When the Bible talks about Mercy, it is not making a promise of fair treatment by other people The expectation of fair and equal treatment was wishful thinking in the days the Bible and it is wishful thinking today.  We live in a self-focused, power-grabbing, competitive society.  In the modern age, people who show mercy [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

God’s Mercy for us is Best Displayed at the Cross

God acted sacrificially to meet our needs at the very moment we deserved His help the least.  He deals mercifully with our sin out of His great and perfect love for His people.  Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  It would be [...]

By | 2016-10-11T21:04:32+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

Spiritual Hunger and the Prodigal Son

Healthy people are hungry!  People who are never hungry are either sick or dead.  Hunger and thirst in a living being are evidence of life.  Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness have evidence in themselves of being spiritually alive!  Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Blog Posts, I Timothy, Luke, New Testament|0 Comments

Jesus: The Bread of Life

In John 6:35, Jesus said,  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” When Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well, He said to her (in John 4:13-14), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Blog Posts, John, New Testament, Prayer|0 Comments

Feeding the Right Spiritual Appetites

Feeding the right appetites is the key to growing spiritually. God has made a person’s heart so that nothing can ever fill it but God himself.  A believer is able to identify this craving and he knows that nothing but the pursuit of righteousness will be satisfying. ·       Are you feeding yourself spiritually?  Are you [...]

By | 2016-11-07T20:10:35+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments