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RAISED IMPERISHABLE
1 Corinthians 15:35-58

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I first really noticed it when I was in the 6th grade and the doctor told me that my pancreas was no longer working, at least not producing insulin. They were not sure when this happened or even exactly why, but they diagnosed me with diabetes. And every shot is a reminder. I noticed it as well a few weeks back when I went to play some basketball against the Risco Tigers, the team that Brandon coaches. On a couple of different plays, my mind and my heart wanted to run down the court and try to score or make a stop, but I just couldn’t, not like I could in high school. So I jogged and hoped nobody saw me! And just this week I was reminded again. One morning while getting ready, I leaned over to do something and tweaked my back just the wrong way. I wasn’t doing anything major (like trying to lift my six month old who looks like a twelve month old), just getting ready, but the pain stuck with me for a couple of days. Another painful reminder. To what am I referring this morning? The hard truth that my body is wearing out, has been for years. It doesn’t work like it used to work. It’s breaking down. Slowly but surely, the years are taking their toll on my flesh and my blood. And if the Lord tarries, it will eventually perish.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 February 2016 )
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SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE: Reasons to fight for Life from 1 Corinthians Print E-mail

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The fight for life in our culture is a constant battle. There are circumstances that make me think that we are winning ground. More and more pregnancy resource centers are being opened and more and more abortion clinics are being closed. Ultrasound technology has helped the newest generation actually see life in the womb. Even some legislation (mostly at the State levels) has helped protect the unborn. Yet, the battle continues. I remember watching the Planned Parenthood videos that came out last year and wondering what impact they would actually have on the issue of abortion in our country. I think we are still waiting to see the full impact, but I am thankful for the light that has been brought to darkness and for the response of many asking for the closing of that company, which has resulted in numerous closures in certain States. But, the battle continues. Even if Planned Parenthood closed for good tomorrow, it seems that someone else would replace them. Even if abortions may be down in some places, the use of the morning after pill continues to grow. Even if it gets harder and harder to argue that a baby is not a baby until it leaves the womb, some still just do not really care if it is a baby or not. And so, the battle rages on.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 February 2016 )
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1 Corinthians 15:1-34: Of First Importance Print E-mail

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Belief in the resurrection is of first importance for the Christian. We often talk about things that we consider to be secondary, issues that people can disagree on and still be Christians. The resurrection is not a secondary issue. Although many have tried to claim that there is Christianity without belief in the bodily resurrection of Christ which results in the resurrection of believers, the Bible does not support such a claim. You either believe in the resurrection (of Jesus and of believers) or you are outside the faith.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 January 2016 )
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1 Corinthians 14:26-40: The Gifts and the Gathering Print E-mail

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I would like for you to look at your bulletin again with me this morning and notice some of the details. We print our vision for ministry here at Trinity on the front each week. As we looked at earlier, we put announcements on the back along with some general information about our Church. On the inside we print the order of service and give you some space to take notes during the sermon, complete with an outline to follow. Nothing super inventive, but hopefully effective. I would assume that most of us, even if you are visiting for the first time, expect some sort of bulletin. Very rarely have I attended a Church service that did not have one. Yet, have you ever wondered where this tradition came from? When did we start having an ‘order of service’ that we printed out for people to follow? How did it become so commonplace that we expect it when we attend a service? Where do we come up with certain traditions for corporate worship?

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 January 2016 )
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Matthew 2:1-12: Christmas Meditation: Wiser than the Wise Men? Print E-mail

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Many traditions have developed around the story of the Wise Men, particularly focusing on the star that led them to Bethlehem. Colin Nicholl tells about some of them in his new book called “The Great Christ Comet” (which I have thanks to Doc and Chery). We have Christmas traditions like putting a star on top of our tree or having one over the stable in our nativity sets. Many cities make the star a central part of its holiday celebrations (see Nicholl p. 23-24). People enjoy thinking about and celebrating the Star of Bethlehem.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 January 2016 )
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Matthew 1:18-25: Christmas Meditation: The Origin Story Print E-mail

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We like origin stories. We like to know where people come from and how they got to where they are. We want to know how Darth Vader went to the dark side and how Michael Jordan did not make his high-school basketball team. We want to know where Bilbo got the ring of power and how the minions ended up with Gru (well, maybe only some of us are interested in that). We like to hear the back-story of athletes and musicians and even politicians on occasion. We like to know where people came from because it usually helps us better understand and appreciate who they became. The story of their origin informs and teaches us about the person before us.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 December 2015 )
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