Ten Ways To Think Rightly About Murderous Rampages

First Fort Hood in Texas, now Gateway Center in Orlando. Back to back. Crazy men lock and load and blow folks away - the last episode striking far too close to home, right in our own back yard. How are we to think in light of all we feel? I ask the question in light of Jesus' response to certain horrific tragedies in His day in Luke 13:1-5. When informed about Pilate's murderous rampage in mingling the blood of Galileans with their sacrifices, Jesus asked, "Do you think." It matters greatly what and how we think in the face of such things. Thoughts give way to feelings ...

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A Nasty Trick

More like a dreadful scare actually. I thought I had oral cancer again. Two months ago a sore developed in my mouth on the same side where tongue cancer hit four years ago. After it didn't go away for two weeks, I played it safe and made an appointment with my ENT to check it out. This week I saw him for the third time. No sign of the thing anywhere.  Your mouth played a nasty trick on you, he said. We're not sure what it was. I might have accidentally bit my cheek. It could have been a canker sore. Turns out after radiation treatment of an area in the mouth, sores ...

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Another IDOP for the Persecuted Church

As with every year, this Sunday we will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. All 9:30 Hour classes Middle School and above are cancelled for a prayer meeting in the fellowship hall on Nov. 8 for our brothers and sisters in chains. Here is this year’s world watch list of the ten worst countries in the world for persecuting Christians. This comes from Open Door’s website. This year’s number one on the World Watch List is no stranger: North Korea has topped the list for seven years in a row. There is no other country in the world where ...

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What True Practical Holiness Is

In chapter three of J. C. Ryle's Holiness he offers these twelve marks of true and practical holiness in the believer. Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. A holy man will endeavour to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, government of his tongue. A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial. A holy man will follow ...

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An Acts 9:31 Birthday Wish/Prayer for OGC

Our church turned 18 on Sunday. Thanks be to God. We sang Happy Birthday to Us the previous Sunday night. Different, but sweet. This is my personal birthday wish/prayer for our church. My hope is you will join in making it with me. It comes from Acts 9:31. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. By peace Luke means rest from persecution. The previous chapters record the hits taken by the fledgling church throughout Palestine in the ...

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