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Whiter than Snow

It has been snowing and keeps on snowing in Nashville.  We do not get snow often, so when we get it is a welcome experience (unless you have to drive in it).  Anytime it snows I can’t help but think about the promise of being washed whiter than snow.  Fresh snow is a beautiful thing.  It appears so clean.

That is God’s promise to us as His children.  He will wash us whiter than snow.  The sin that has marred our lives and caused us to become dirty is removed by God.   I like knowing God has made me clean, that He has made me whiter than snow.

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Sunday Morning Thoughts

Yesterday we had a progressive dinner for the teens where I serve.  We went to three houses enjoying food and spending time together.  Also at each house we had a progressive Bible Study.  This year was Faith, Hope, and Love.  It got me thinking tonight about how these three are expressed in the Worship Gathering.  Let me share my brief thoughts:

1. Faith.  Worship is an expression of Faith as we come together trusting that God exists, that His Son came into the Word, that the Death of Jesus has provided eternal life, and that those who put their trust in Him will enjoy the joys of God’s salvation.

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Be Diligent

I spent many summers on Kentucky Lake. Peepaw had a boat and Jet Ski.  Numerous memories were made on the water.  We would take the boat out almost daily. My job was to tie the boat to a tree whenever we returned.

It was a small job, but important. If the boast was not tied down it would drift away.  It would hardly be noticeable really. Given enough time though and the boat would drift out of sight.

Drifting away is used by the writer of Hebrews. This imagery of a boat drifting into the sea was to remind Christians of what can happen when we are not diligent.

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Grace and Mercy

I remember one of my first sermons.  My first real sermon.  I had preached before messages that took 5 or maybe even 10 minutes, but this was going to be a real sermon.  I had worked hard to prepare a message.  I wanted to teach people about the grace and mercy of God (a deep task for a 12 year-old).

In preparation I thought I needed to first define grace and mercy.  I took my time.  I got out my concordance and I’m sure I read a few people’s opinions (although I can’t remember now).  And I came up with definitions.

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Our Churches Need Fathers

Our churches need committed Christian fathers!  Too many families in our troubled nation do not have fathers, and too many fathers who still live with their families have not shouldered their responsibilities as God has commanded.  Fathers should commit themselves to bless their children by giving them a secure, positive, spiritually healthy relationship.  The presence of committed Christian fathers is crucial to the moral, social, and spiritual progress of our community.

Committed Christian fathers first commit themselves to God.  Before God’s law instructs parents to teach their children it says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,”  (Deuteronomy 6:5).  Kids need dads who genuinely love God.  They can always tell if we really do, because they see us up close every day.  Our children will know if we supremely love money, prestige, power, or pleasure just as they will know if we love God.  It will be obvious in our voice, in our attitude, in our habits, in our activities, in our priorities, and in our willingness to admit our wrongs.  There is no way to be a powerful spiritual influence in the lives of our children apart from a sincere submission to God.

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