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Keeping Things in Perspective

INTRODUCTION: I’d like to take you back into the heart and mind of a pastor named Timothy. He lived long ago in the city of Ephesus. Ephesus was a wild port city, a hub where sailors, businessmen, and travelers gathered on their way East. It was a place far from home where sexuality was celebrated and no holds were barred. In Timothy’s day there were people who probably said, “What happens in Ephesus, stays in Ephesus.” Early on, Timothy had big plans for his church....

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Make An Impact - with Your Wealth

A while back, I saw a news story about a group of guys in New Zealand who broke into someone’s house. They waited patiently in their cars until the owner and his family went off to work and school for the day. Once they were gone, the guys broke in.  They started in the crawl space underneath the house but eventually made their way in through the kitchen and bathrooms. By the time they left, they had installed hidden cameras throughout the house so they could see what was going on...

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Fulfillment is Waiting...For the Faithful

On August 29th, 2013, about two dozen social workers, police officers, and special agents showed up on the doorstep of a home in Frankfurt, Germany, prepared to use force, if necessary, to take four children away from their law-breaking parents. They tried to get these parents to willingly surrender their children for their crimes against them. But when the parents didn’t surrender, they forced their way into the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich and took their four children away from...

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Fulfillment is Waiting...For the Humble

This is Mark Zuckerberg. As you may know, he is a co-founder and the chairman and CEO of the world’s most popular social media platform. In 2004, Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room. He was only 20 years old at the time, and let’s just say he was onto something. 15 year later, Facebook has 1.5 billion daily users and another billion people are on Facebook at least monthly – yes, 2.5 billion people use Facebook every month, that’s more than a third of...

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The Few - The Victorious

In my previous church, I taught the 8th Grade Catechism class. During the first class of each school year, I would give them a pop quiz. It was ten questions, and the last question was, “If you could ask God anything and know that he would give you the answer, what would it be?” Some questions came up consistently from year to year - “What was it like before creation?” “Can I see a video clip of the day you divided the Red Sea?” “Why did you make the...

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Dream Big - God Is in This Place

Paul McCartney is one of the most famous musicians in the world. He was one of the members of the Beatles. But in 1965, just five years after the band had been formed, Paul McCartney was a little afraid that the band had already reached their peak. And it was then that, one night, he had a dream. In his dream, he was composing the melody for a new song. When he woke up, he remembered the notes he had composed in his dream and wrote them down before he would forget them. The notes felt so...

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Free to Trust

Abraham was 75 years old. He and his wife Sarah were living in a place called Harran with his father’s family. They were established in Harran. They had land, possessions, people – family, servants, shepherds, and herdsmen – all who depended on them. We also know Abraham and Sarah didn’t have any children. It’s not that they didn’t want children; Sarah wasn’t able to conceive and now she was 65 years old. One day the Lord said to Abraham,...

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What Are You Investing In

Dawn Winfield-Hunt got married to Steve earlier this month on August 3rd. She was a beautiful bride. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding. The next day, some friends decided to throw a party in their backyard for them, and Dawn couldn’t decide what to wear. Eventually, she just decided to go with the outfit she had worn the previous day – on the day of her wedding. She took out her wedding dress, put it on, wore it to the backyard barbeque and had a good time with...

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You Should Pray

Back in 2013, a high-speed train was carrying 247 passengers across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, where thousands of Christians gather every year to celebrate the festival of St. James, the disciple of Jesus whose bones they say are buried at that place. The train was about 2.5 miles outside the city when it rounded a curve at 120 mph, which wasn’t good because the speed limit around the curve was 50 mph. And for good reason. Because the train was going too fast, 8 of the train cars...

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I don’t know if you have had lunch or tea with the Queen Elizabeth II recently, or if you’ve met Prince William & Kate or Prince Harry & Meghan at Applebee’s lately. But if you do, here are some rules for hanging out with British royalty. No one can eat after the queen has finished her meal – so you better eat fast When you meet the queen, it’s appropriate for men to do a neck bow and for women to curtsy The queen initiates the dinner...

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