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Strutting His Stuff One of the most beautiful birds is the peacock. The male's train of feathers can be up to six feet long, creating up to sixty percent of its length. When looking to attract a mate, the peacock will spread out his plumage in a colorful display, fanning his feathers at a rate of twenty-six times per second with the hopes of catching the eye of a female.

It is a very proud exhibition. The colorful display, the rhythmic movement, the exaggerated strut, and the shrill vocalizations are the male's way of saying, "Look at me! I am the one you are looking for!" There is an air of confidence as the male "struts his stuff."

The Church at Corinth As I was reading Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth this morning, the display of the peacock immediately came to mind. This local body of believers had a problem. Rather than being united in their pursuit of Jesus and the gospel message, they were divided by the messengers of that gospel (1 …
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I Feel Ya

The room was uncomfortably hot and muggy. The air was stale and had a faint odor, some kind of combination of mildew and the bleach used in an effort to clean it. The padded chairs had grown increasingly harder throughout the day and although the past 8 hours had been informative, the speaker was rather dry, his monotone droning made our eyelids heavy.

Those meetings that last all day can be dreadful. Especially in an uncomfortable environment. As my co-worker sat beside me, we found ourselves continually checking the clock on the wall, hoping the speaker would take notice and finally wrap things up. As we sat there, I whispered, "I am so ready to get out of here." My friend put his tapped his hand on his chest and replied, "I feel ya man."
I've always enjoyed reading, writing, and just words in general. The way language changes and the clever ways we communicate our thoughts and feelings can be fascinating. Of course, hopefully, no one reading this would think…

A Bible Reading Plan For Every Age

As we enter a new year, it is a great time to commit to a new Bible reading plan.

With the technology that most of us carry in our pockets each day, finding and sticking with a reading plan has never been easier. There are several apps that you can download that have a variety of plans to choose from and also offer several English translations you can use to make the most of your devotional time.

For my own personal preference, I enjoy both the ESV and NIV. I typically use the ESV for more in-depth study and the NIV for reading through a reading plan. This past year, I was introduced to the NIVr, an excellent bible for younger or slower readers, and as we begin 2020, my goal is to encourage my own children to read their Bibles more often.

There are several different ways that we can encourage our children to read. We can take time each week to read with them, possibly through one particular book of the Bible. The Gospel of John in the New Testament, or the book of Ruth in the Old Tes…

Study Guide: Galatians 5:16-26

1.Why is the Holy Spirit so vital to the life of a believer? 2.What does it mean to “walk” by the Spirit? (correlates to what word in v18) a.Exodus 31:3 b.Ephesians 5:18 3.How do these verses relate to what is said regarding the work of the flesh? a.Flesh Defined – Galatians 2:20 b.Practice – How can missing this one word change how we read this passage? c.Works Evident – Romans 1:18-22, 1 John 3:10 d.Results – Galatians 5:21, Galatians 6:8, Romans 6:23 4.Examine the Negative List a.Are there words that need to be defined or clarified? b.Is there any order, progression, or anything that stands out in this list? 5.Examine the Positive List a.Are there words that need to be defined or clarified? b.Is there any order, progression, or anything that stands out in this list? 6.Paul is addressing the Galatians who have been tricked into believing they were not “Jewish” enough to be a Christian. In light of what Paul says about the fruit of the Spirit, how does he summarize we should treat other believers …

Do Not Lose Heart

Anytime someone asks me how God speaks to us today, my first response is through the Bible. God's primary means of communicating to us about who he is and who we are is found in his own revelation to us in Scripture.

In the Old Testament, he speaks to us throughout history, through poetry, through his law, and by the mouths of his prophets. In the New Testament, he speaks through his Son - Jesus, as we read the eye-witness accounts of the gospels, see the creation and confession of the early church, and are encouraged by the writings of the apostles.

God primarily speaks through his word... but he can also speak through our circumstances, through situations and other people. This morning, I was reminded of the latter.

In our Sunday School class, we have decided to devote one Sunday each month to focus on prayer. Rather than have prayer be the two shorter bookends to a longer lesson or lengthy discussion, one Sunday each month we have decided to invert our "order of service&q…

The God Who Sees

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go into my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. Genesis 16:1-3

Doubt and Impatience
It had been 10 long years. Abram and his wife Sarai had been obedient to God and were following him into the unknown with the anticipation that they would soon have a son and that their family would be expanding, but month after month they had been met with disappointment.
In this time and culture, the greatest honor for a woman was to have a child, and infertility was her greatest curse. Children were considered a woman's worth, validating her as human. To be without children meant that y…

The Trinity: Study Guide and Sermon

Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit(1)The following notes and resources are from a sermon surveying the Trinity.

Basic Definition 1. There is one God 2. God is three persons 3. Each person is fully God


There is One God At its core, Christianity is Monotheistic, we believe that there is one true, eternal, and sovereign creator based on the following passages found in Scripture:

Ex 8:10, 20:3-5
Deut 4:35, 6:4, 32:39
Neh 9:6
Psalm 83:18, 86:10
Isaiah 43:10, 44:6
Eph 4:6
1 Tim 2:5
1 Cor 8:4
Acts 14:15


God is Three Persons While those who practice Judaism and Islam are also monotheistic, they adhere to unitarian monotheism while Christians hold to trinitarian monotheism. Even though the word "Trinity" is absent from Scripture, this plurality of God is progressively revealed within it. We see hints of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and then the doctri…

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Do Not Lose Heart

Anytime someone asks me how God speaks to us today, my first response is through the Bible. God's primary means of communicating to us about who he is and who we are is found in his own revelation to us in Scripture.

In the Old Testament, he speaks to us throughout history, through poetry, through his law, and by the mouths of his prophets. In the New Testament, he speaks through his Son - Jesus, as we read the eye-witness accounts of the gospels, see the creation and confession of the early church, and are encouraged by the writings of the apostles.

God primarily speaks through his word... but he can also speak through our circumstances, through situations and other people. This morning, I was reminded of the latter.

In our Sunday School class, we have decided to devote one Sunday each month to focus on prayer. Rather than have prayer be the two shorter bookends to a longer lesson or lengthy discussion, one Sunday each month we have decided to invert our "order of service&q…

The Trinity: Study Guide and Sermon

Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit(1)The following notes and resources are from a sermon surveying the Trinity.

Basic Definition 1. There is one God 2. God is three persons 3. Each person is fully God


There is One God At its core, Christianity is Monotheistic, we believe that there is one true, eternal, and sovereign creator based on the following passages found in Scripture:

Ex 8:10, 20:3-5
Deut 4:35, 6:4, 32:39
Neh 9:6
Psalm 83:18, 86:10
Isaiah 43:10, 44:6
Eph 4:6
1 Tim 2:5
1 Cor 8:4
Acts 14:15


God is Three Persons While those who practice Judaism and Islam are also monotheistic, they adhere to unitarian monotheism while Christians hold to trinitarian monotheism. Even though the word "Trinity" is absent from Scripture, this plurality of God is progressively revealed within it. We see hints of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and then the doctri…

Fruit of the Womb

Advancements in the fields of science and medicine have led to an increased awareness of what occurs at the various stages of pregnancy.

It has been discovered that many significant developmental milestones occur long before birth. The first eight weeks following conception are when most body parts and all body systems appear and begin functioning.

Five weeks after conception, the spinal cord, brain, and heart have already started formation.

On the sixth week, the heart (with all four chambers) is pumping blood to the brain and throughout the body.


By the eighth week, brainwaves have can be recorded as well as a response to light and touch.

At 12 weeks, yawning has been observed, fingerprints have begun formation, and some bones begin to harden.

Technological advancements have provided profound discoveries in the immense development that occurs during even the first trimester of pregnancy.

And yet, as the abortion debate continues, new questions have started to surface; questions con…