To Be Like Jesus

The words of this old hymn rang loudly in many ways this week as we launched a new sermon and study series on the life of Christ. Children and adults singing Jesus Messiah, pastors and teachers proclaiming the many facets of Jesus, and servants ministering to others in Jesus’ name all demonstrated what it means to be a Christ follower. The Bible reminds us in Galatians 4:19, Romans 8:28-30, and 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we are to be formed, conformed,...

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Imitators of Christ

Walking by a dark restaurant in a nearby town I noticed a sign in the window, “Out of Business because we didn’t know what business we were in.” Pausing for a moment I wondered, how could they not know what business they were in? There was a sign above the door that clearly stated this was a restaurant. There were tables, chairs, menus, and a kitchen just on the other side of the window. Pondering a moment longer, I speculated...

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As We Go

Buckle Up! This week I was in a meeting concerning weather closings. At the meeting one of the participants asked “If this was the first incident of the year would we do anything different”? The question on my mind was “what have we learned through this process that is making us better at making these decisions”? Later that afternoon the Spirit reminded me that the question should be asked about our spiritual life also. “What have we learned through this...

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Purpose

I sat in the Upper Room, hanging on to the end of my rope. Over a few short weeks, I’d lost my wife to cancer and my purpose in life. Although I was in ministry at a local church, had a master’s degree from a leading seminary, and was living the American Dream, my head and heart were a mess. I no longer wanted to serve the church. In early morning convocation with God, I pleaded my case for either...

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