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Is Your House Derelict?

Written by Admin on January 13th, 2016

There once was a man who built a house for himself. He meticulously crafted every aspect, every detail he thought out, every element and color chosen to be a reflection of himself.

And it was a beautiful home.

Not long after though, his job required him to travel for an unspecified, but extended period of time. To ensure that his home was well cared for, he went looking for a tenant. He found another man who was, by trade, a skilled handy man, someone who he felt could manage the home and care for any needs that might arise. They struck a deal. In exchange for free rent, the man would take care of the home. He would be given whatever resources would be necessary to keep the home in the owner’s desired condition.

Then the owner left. Read More

Without Vision the People Perish

Written by Admin on November 28th, 2015

Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”

We know this to be true in the business world.  Companies spend enormous sums of
money every year to craft their mission and vision statements.  They align
their goals and investments with these statements and tailor each employee’s
development plan around attaining the prescribed vision. Read More

Ignoring the Raging Battle Before Us

Written by Admin on October 24th, 2015

Family Integrated Church Bible

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point” – Attribution debated

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

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Denied the Right to Teach Our Children

Written by Admin on July 27th, 2015

Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?

If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More

The Extraordinary Thing is…Jesus!

Written by Admin on February 17th, 2014

Recently, I reflected back on the Christmas season and I was struck by one element that hadn’t occurred to me before. Usually my thinking goes to the incarnation and Jesus coming as the King of kings, but instead I began to ponder the family that Jesus was placed into. Mary was an ordinary girl in an ordinarily town who was betrothed to an ordinary man.  What was so special about Mary and Joseph?  The Bible doesn’t say a whole lot about either of them; of Mary it remarks that she “found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) and Joseph was referred to as a “just man” (Mt 1:19) when he graciously tried to end their betrothal quietly rather than subjecting Mary to public humiliation.  The fact is, what Mary and Joseph did out of loving obedience to God, is that they had a baby, they had a home, they lived life in a normal first-century fashion.

Now this baby was the Lord Jesus Christ, God very God, and the majesty of what took place cannot be fully comprehended, but from Mary and Joseph’s day to day experience, they were parents. Mary kept busy with her duties while Joseph was working as a carpenter (or builder).  They had other children to raise and at some point Joseph drops out of the picture (presumably he must have died), so Mary had to continue life alone.

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