The House of the Lord

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!” This represents an invitation, a joyful summons, as we read in Psalm 122, the third psalm in a series known as “Songs of Ascent.” The children of Israel sang this worship set of 15 songs as they marched to Jerusalem for...

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Indispensable

Indispensable  Some people are indispensable members of Christ’s body — they get superabundant honor. The list goes this way: 1) The feeble 2) The less honored 3) The uncomely  (These  are strength-less or weak). 4) Unbeautified, shapeless and not elegant. These groups often get kicked to the curb. Matthew 25:40  teaches, “Inasmuch as...

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The Dirt Disciples Are Made Of

Disciples are people who choose to give themselves to learning.  This is who we are when we come before Word of God. We’re disciples when we listen to a message from a pulpit; we’re disciples when we talk among ourselves about who God says He is; and we’re disciples as...

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Pictures of Unity

  Psalm 133 presents an interesting picture of family unity for us. Unity, the words of this psalm say, is like “precious oil.” So far, so good – there’s nothing objectionable about a flow of oil. Actually, oil does much good. It’s a prime ingredient in fine salad dressing; it...

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Small Beginnings, Eternal Outcomes

Before he was made a martyr, Stephen served and served well. He was first part of the solution for one of the initial church conflicts recorded in the book of Acts.  We read of the trouble in Acts 6. The distribution of support for the widows of the congregation had...

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