The Tithe Belongs to the Lord

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Malachi 3:8-10. The people in Malachi’s day were treating God badly. Their worship had turned from relational to ritual. They offered blemished sacrifices; the priests had become unfaithful; divorce was commonplace and easy; their words wearied God; businessmen were defrauding their workers, cheating their customers and taking advantage of widows, orphans and immigrants. But the […]

The Uses of Adversity

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II Corinthians 1:9. There is nothing that causes more people to stumble in the matter of faith than the problem of suffering. “…man is born unto trouble (Job 5:7).” We may think that we would prefer a world without it. Heaven will be such a place, but on this side of glory you might want to […]

Antidote for Anxiety

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Psalm 37:1-3, 5, 7. Worry, fear, & anxiety are the emotions Satan uses to discourage and defeat us and, in some instances, kill us. The effects of anxiety we see in scripture are graphic. Worry can negatively affect us physically, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. What’s the solution?  In this sermon Pastor Barry offers a very practical, […]

100% Pure

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Proverbs 6:16-19. We know God is interested in purity.  He is concerned with holiness. We are to live pure, holy lives.  Often when the discussion turns to holiness we talk about external things to prove how pure we are.  Those external things are, quite often, insignificant because God is more concerned about internal things…what’s inside. […]

Caution! Your Job Can Destroy You

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James 4:13-17. The most important thing in the world is not things or money or jobs, it’s relationships – our relationship with the Lord first and then our relationships with family and friends. Unfortunately our decisions related to jobs don’t always reflect these priorities. James has apparently been listening in on a strategic planning session and […]

(Labor Day Weekend) Your Work Matters to God

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Genesis 2:15. Three out of four people go to a job they’re not fitted for, called for, excited about or satisfied in.  To many American workers work is a necessary evil. Their goal is Friday and when they reach it they TGIF––thank God it’s Friday.  How does God view work? God created work not as punishment […]

Hang In There Baby

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Luke 9:62, Matthew 24:10-13.  Perseverance is important, not only in the spiritual realm, but in the practical every-day living of our lives as well. It has been said that 99% of success is due to persistence…hanging in there and not giving up. Only a small hand-full of people reach the heights of accomplishment they are capable of […]