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I Just Wanna Be A Sheep That Listens

What does it mean to be a Christian? Have you ever thought about that before? When you say you are a Christian, what do you mean? When you display the fish symbol on the back of your family’s SUV, or list Christian as your belief on social media, what are you saying? – I think there are many ways we could answer that question. The title “Christian” was first used for the earliest followers of Jesus. So being a Christian means to follow Jesus. The title of our sermon...

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I Just Wanna Be a Sheep that Loves

Last Sunday, as you know, was Mother’s Day. And it was a very special Mother’s Day for a mom named Munira. When she was 32 years old, she and her 4-year-old son Omar were in an accident. Omar wasn’t seriously injured. But Mom was. She had severe brain damage, and doctors told her family that she would never speak or open her eyes again. That happened in 1991. Over the next 28 years, she was transferred from hospital to hospital, and she did not open her eyes or say anything or...

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I Just Wanna Be a Sheep that Listens

Jerel was visiting his friend Rodney last Sunday. Rodney lives in Oklahoma and has one of those video doorbells that starts recording whenever there’s movement outside the front door. The video of Jerel approaching Rodney’s front door went viral this last week because it shows Jerel opening the screen door and getting bit in the face by a 5-foot long snake. The snake had wrapped itself around one of the porch lights and apparently didn’t like it when Jerel approached him. The...

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Your Everyday Savior

“I love your new haircut.” “You are such a great host.” “That color looks so good on you.” Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.” “I love what you did with the landscape in the front of your house.” “You’re in great shape.” We love to receive compliments. It makes us feel good to be appreciated and noticed. One simple compliment can change your entire day. We love receiving compliments so much that there are actually...

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The Risen Christ Empowers His Witnesses

Spring is the season of highly anticipated sunshine, rain showers, budding flowers, longer days, baseball, and… Potholes. Lots and lots of potholes. We even have our fair share on School Road. But there is a 59-year-old man in Gretna, Nebraska, a small town outside of Omaha, who may have a pothole to thank for saving his life. Did you hear about this? This past Monday afternoon, an ambulance rushed to help this man with a racing heart at work. They had a 20-minute drive to the emergency...

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Easter: See Him Risen - Just as He Said

You might know who Olivia Newton-John is.  She’s a singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2005, she was dating a man named Patrick McDermott. In June of that year, Patrick went on an overnight fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean with 25 others but never came back. The other crew members said that he fell off the boat into the water, and they...

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Good Friday Tenebrae: See Him Remember You

What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Jesus Loves Me, This I Know. Glory Be to Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest. Jesus, Name Above All Names. Jesus, Jesus, Only Jesus. The name of the innocent man bleeding on the cross is … Jesus. Can you tell me the name of the only person in the bible who called Jesus … Jesus? He was called Master, Rabbi, Rabboni, Teacher, Lord, God, the Lamb, even Blasphemer. But only one person is on record of ever calling him by the name you and I use...

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Good Friday Traditional: See Jesus Walk

George Meegen once walked from the southern tip of South America to the northern part of Alaska, over 19,000 miles. It took him 6.5 years. He wore out 12 pairs of hiking boots. It’s considered the longest “uninterrupted” walk in history.  But that is mere trivia. Forty years after he accomplished that feat, you don’t see George Meegen in the news, on social media, or late-night TV.  Besides his name on the Guinness website of world records it has no real value...

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Maundy Thursday: See Him Give

You’re sitting toward the back of a full church on a Sunday morning. We have already sung the opening hymn, and the pastor is leading the congregation through the opening dialogue. After we confess how we have disobeyed God in thought, word, and deed, the pastor boldly proclaims the forgiveness of sins that is ours through Jesus. He says, “As a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy...

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Praise the King

Are you familiar with Honor Flights? An Honor Flight is an opportunity for veterans of the United States Military to fly to Washington D.C. and visit the different memorials, especially the memorial of the war in which they fought. These Honor Flights began in 2005 shortly after the completion of the National World War II Memorial. They wanted to give veterans of World War II, who might not ever have the chance themselves, the opportunity to visit and see the memorial that was built to honor...

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