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John 12:44-46: “Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” Greetings! As I read this text, I was...
Many years ago I accepted a position as site manager at a Bible camp. The former manager had been employed there for many years. All I heard from everyone was that I had “big shoes to fill.” However, it went beyond words. It seemed like whatever I did, it wasn’t like the former. I continued to hear...
It seems as if an increasing number of people are asking these questions: “Do you have to go to church be a Christian? Is it really necessary to go every week?” There is an old saying: “Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” Christians do...
It is human nature to share the good things we experience in our life with others. If you go on a trip, you write on the postcard, “Wish you were here!” If you go out to a restaurant and you find your meal delicious, you don’t keep it to yourself. You say to the person with you, “Here, try this.”...
Do you know what you believe? How committed are you to what you believe? Those are extremely important questions for us to consider. Most Midwesterners like myself have a tendency to be stubborn. Oftentimes people think being stubborn is a bad thing, but I don’t see it that way. I believe that...
Hope seems to be hard to come by these days. Whether it is because of news that we hear about around the world, or sometimes even in our own home, it can be hard to have hope. Will things ever get better? Will this situation ever change? Questions come up in our mind that we may have never had...
This weekend is the Rock County Fair. It is a time of fun and family activities, a time for people to bring things for judging, things like cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, arts and crafts, sewing, needlecraft, presentations, photography, examples of wood and...
There is a misunderstanding around Jesus’ words, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” The idea is that Christians have no right to call out anyone when they sin, since we all sin. Well, that’s not what Jesus teaches, and his words in Luke 17:1-5 prove it. Jesus does not want sin within the Christian...
Isaiah 11:10 NIV “10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting-place will be glorious.” Jesus is the Root of Jesse, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. From him all things were created and came into being....
How would you answer this question: Why do you come to church? Some may answer because it is what they have always done. Others may say because they like fellowship with friends. Perhaps children like Sunday school classes or Vacation Bible School and being with friends. Youth may say so they can...

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