What Do You Like / DisLike?

What Do You Like / DisLike? After spending a week with the parable of the prodigal son it is clear Jesus wants our undivided attention and He wanted to leave us with a story that most every person on the planet could relate. Not sure how many people don’t have one, or all, of these characters in their own family. If you’re a human and on this planet, the story of the prodigal son should touch some aspect of your life. The picture painted in this story is such a…

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False Pride vs

False Pride vs When I was drunk all the time or whacked on this drug or combination of alcohol and any assortment of drugs you couldn’t tell me anything – I knew it all. It was like that time in our lives between about age 16-17 through approximately 30 years of age – you remember, you knew everything and your parents were, well, let’s say nowhere near as wise as you. Then you woke one morning,  you were past age 30 to realize that maybe, perhaps your parents were maybe,…

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Christ Magnified in His World Through Servants Satisfied in His Worth (Video)

Christ Magnified in His World Through Servants Satisfied in His Worth Video by Pastor John Piper God will not settle for redeeming people from just a few parts of the globe. He will have people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, and he will use his church, sending and going, to proclaim his terms of peace. John Piper returned to the Bethlehem pulpit to preach this new message during the church’s annual missions focus. Video Source

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Losing It All To Gain Everything

Losing It All To Gain Everything At age 17 I lost my dad to an accident. He had not been in my life for a number of years and when he died I was in the throes of my addiction. My dad was an addict and when he died, as a hero fireman, one his brothers-in-arms found the bottle with Seconal and Valium. I feel confident at least one was in his system. When the dust settled there was a sizable inheritance that was left for me and my two…

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Friends — Proverbs 27:1-10

Friends — Proverbs 27:1-10 by Pastor, Colin Smith for The Orchard Podcast HERE >>> First, the Proverbs are proverbs. They are wise sayings that describe the normal pattern that prevails in this world. The proverbs are not promises, they are proverbs. Second, The Proverbs assume a relationship. They were first spoken as the words of a wise father to his son. But Proverbs is in Holy Scripture, and so in this book we hear the voice of our loving Father speaking to us, his own children. Third, the Proverbs point…

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Rejoicing In Our Brokenness

Rejoicing In Our Brokenness Are we hardwired to celebrate the victorious underdog? If you’re football fan you probably have heard about the Tennessee Titans and their two implausible victories over what were suppose to be superior teams. Well, turns out, having a big heart and working as a Team can do a lot to get a whole group of people up a very steep hill. Isn’t “climbing a hill” another view of redemption? What we find in Luke 15 are several parables in which we see a variety of ways…

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