Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Bodies

I don’t think many of you would disagree that the human body, as designed by God, is a machine that is full of wonder. People around the world are constantly discovering new and fascinating information about it. Listen to some of these observations: (1) Scientists say the higher your I.Q., the more you dream. And the average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds; (2) the largest cell in the human body is the female egg; (3) you use 200 muscles to take one step; (4) the average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man; (5) your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three;  (6) a pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands and each one has about one trillion bacteria residing on it…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Tongues

I recently read a quote by Brennan Manning, the author of a book called the Ragamuffin Gospel. He said, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him in their lifestyle. This is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” If you’re wondering why we have been taking a long, hard look at the implications of our confession, Jesus is Lord, over the last couple of months, this is it. Too many Christians fail to connect the dots between our confession of faith in Christ and our transformation to the image of Christ…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Private Lives

One of the definitions of Integrity is the quality or condition of being whole or undivided (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition). A person who possesses this character quality is said to be consistent in the presentation of him or her self. In other words, a person of integrity is the same person in private as others know him to be in public….

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God’s View of the 1st Christmas

You probably already know that Christians refer to this event as the incarnation. You actually won’t find this term in the Bible. It’s a word that is used to help explain why Christmas is so special to us. It simply refers to the act whereby the Son of God took on a fully human nature, including flesh and blood. Imagine for a moment how Jesus’ parents, Mary and Joseph, must have felt when they held Him in their arms for the first time, each reflecting on the words spoken by an angel to them…

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Jesus is Lord: Lord of Our Families

Jesus is Lord! That was the very first confession or creed of the Christian church. It also serves as the basis for our preaching series which is now in its seventh week called “The Lordship of Jesus Christ.” So far we’ve looked at how Jesus came to be the Lord of heaven and earth according to Philippians chapter two and what is expected when we yield to Jesus as Lord of our lives according to Matthew chapter sixteen. It impacts what we say about Him, our willingness to surrender to Him and even what we seek in life moving forward…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Work

Now before I launch into this message, I want to recognize that a person’s work can take place inside or outside the home. In fact, I think I’d like to define work as the engagement of a person in physical and mental activity for the care, benefit and support of oneself and/or others…

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Jesus Is Lord: Lord of Our Pocketbooks

Everyone knows there are a few hot-button topics that can make any conversation go bad. Some of these include religion … health … politics … racial tension … violence. But when it comes to the most difficult conversation you can possibly have, a survey taken not too long ago by Wells Fargo & Company found one clear winner: money…

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Jesus is Lord: Lord of Our Worries

Philippians is a letter written to Christians who lacked unity. They were troubled by all kinds of things (not the least of which was persecution for their faith in Christ). And as often happens when people are hard-pressed, they can occasionally turn against one another (See Philippians 4:2 for the example of Euodia and Syntche). This left many of them in a battle with worry where they could find little reason to be joyful…

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