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As Far As The East Is From The West

Psalm 103:12

…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

My wife and I have worked our whole adult lives staying out of debt. We have been married for 37.5 years and we have tried to never be in more debt than we could pay off (paying off credit cards when they came due each month). Of course – buying cars and a home mortgage have been exceptions to the general rule until most recently. We have always paid off all of our credit cards each month when they have been due (which was hard when we were younger – trying to establish a home and staying within our budget or means). It has produced fruit as both my wife and I have great credit ratings – never really felt like we deprived ourselves – and have a good start on the next season of our life (retirement). We had a plan and we stuck with it! We paid back all of our debt. If we couldn’t for a short season – we worked hard to do so – at times holding down two and three jobs at a time. Hard work and good financial planning have produced good fruit. I understand some have had a plan and have not been as blessed. We have been blessed – even as we have worked hard. Continue reading

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January 9, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Payment is Made – Will We Receive It?

John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

IMG_0301Not too long ago I used the following as a sermon illustration. I presented this question or scenario – if I had just come into a lot of money and offered to pay the complete mortgage due on everyone’s home if they came to church next Sunday and brought proof of their debt – how many would attend? Of course – everyone raised their hand and said they would attend.

I mentioned – remember – you us attend one of our worship services next week and you must bring proof of your mortgage debt – and you can invite family and friends. I imagine the place would be packed – not even standing room. We perceive the value of paying off our mortgage debt.

Of course – most of us – if not all of us – will at some point pay off our mortgage. We normally have the wherewithal to pay off the mortgage note – but the chance to have it paid off by someone else would allow us to save or spend that amount. Continue reading

June 2, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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