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June 27th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Trash talking has always been a part of a competition. During the 1986 NBA All-Star week Larry Bird, prior to the three-point shooting contest, declared, "I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish second." He went on to win. Prior to Super Bowl III, Jets Quarterback Joe Namath, declared, "We're going to win Sunday. I guarantee it." He ...

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June 20th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day Many of us agricultural metaphors are intelligible yet not relatable. What I mean is that we can understand the concepts that are being expressed but we have very little first-hand experience with the actual phenomena. In our passage for this week Paul uses a common biblical metaphor or reaping what you sow. The modern reader can comprehend wh...

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June 13th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day When we think of spiritual people, we often think of people who have isolated themselves from the broader community. A monk who takes a vow of silence or a nun who is cloistered away from society. Spirituality, in popular belief, takes place when we are alone. When Thoreau went into the woods for a spiritual experience. People would fast, pray...

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June 6th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus makes a simple yet profound observation. He says that you will be able to recognize true believers from false prophets by their fruit. How people act is a much better barometer of their spiritual condition than what they say. He explains, "Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So, every h...

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