Midweek Wake-Up, August 10

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One of the concerns that has often been raised over the years with regards to such teaching is:  "Is it really right to seek treasure and reward from God?

Midweek Wake-Up, July 26 2017

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On Sunday morning we continued our series on spiritual gifts by considering the gift of teaching.

Midweek Wake-Up, July 19, 2017

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How awesome our God is!   Our loving heavenly Father rescues us from His righteous anger against our outright rebellion against Him (whether we were shaking our fists at Him in anger or completely ignoring Him).

Midweek Wake-Up, July 6, 2017

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On Sunday we wrapped up our series on James. Throughout the book, James brings a number of encouragements, challenges, rebukes, and exhortations to the Body of Christ to whom he writes.

Midweek Wake Up, June 28, 2017

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This morning I took out the trash, another solemn reminder that every week thousands of pounds of garbage find their way to the Brady Landfill.  Yes, some of this is the usual household garbage that necessitates the dump, but much of it at one point in our lives held such a draw, as we gazed upon our new possessions with awe.  And now the garbage truck takes it away to rot and waste away at the d

Midweek Wake-Up, May 31, 2017

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I am ashamed to say that I did the very thing I said I would try not to do. On Sunday I spoke out of James 3 about the importance of our words, and that we should all be careful with the words we use. We should take a good, hard, and honest look at the words we use to make sure they are lining up with our faith. Then as I was driving home from church I used some words in response to another driver that do not represent the belief I have in Christ. It was an awful experience. Just as the words were coming out of my mouth I almost gagged. I knew exactly what I had done. I was fully aware of my hypocrisy in that moment. I hope you are reminded that we all stumble, even pastors.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 25 2017

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One can only imagine what went through the minds of the readers of James letter to the churches.  Do we have more faith than the demons?

Midweek Wake-Up, May 17, 2017

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Time and again in the book of James, after being exhorted to dig deeply into the word of God, we’re exhorted to live our lives as evidence of having read it, of having grasped this to be true.  The litmus test of our faith appears to be in how we live out the very things Scripture calls us to.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 10, 2017

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On Sunday, as we heard the testimonies of God’s grace and work in the lives of individuals, we sang the following lines: “what love could remember no wrongs we have done; Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum; Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more; What riches of kindness he lavished on us; His blood was the payment, His life was the cost; We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 3, 2017

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Seems you don’t have to go very far to receive the latest tips and information about experiencing life to the fullest.  Buy this vehicle and it can take you on the escape needed.  Buy this lottery ticket, and if lucky enough to win you can dream about life the way it was meant to be.  Get this gym membership, and in no time you’ll experience the thrill of living as you were meant to.

Mid Week Wake-Up, April 27, 2017

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The Bible tells us some things that at first blush seem pretty crazy. Take for example how James tell us to consider it pure joy when we face the various trials of life.  Financial struggles, family break-down, life threatening health concerns, betrayal by friends or the just the humdrum boredom of doing the same thing day after day - pure joy???   (I'm sure you can add other trials to the list too).

Midweek Wake-Up, April 20, 2017

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One can only imagine the intensity of that first Easter for Jesus’ followers.  On Friday they watch with pain and agony as their leader is nailed to a cross.  They return to their jobs, only to have Sunday come around, and discover that Jesus is alive and soon they’re talking around a table with him, enjoying a meal together.

Midweek Wake-Up, April 12, 2017

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As they enter Jerusalem, in their celebration they shout out the words of Psalm 118:26:  "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD."  If we look back at the context and content of the whole Psalm and what it teaches us about the coming Messiah, we may be guarded from the fickle faith of the crowd that was on display on that first Palm Sunday.

Midweek Wake-Up,

Written by: on: March 16, 2017

As time goes on the more and more I realize that we all will experience adversity at one time or another. Pain is inevitable. Hardship is inevitable. This is all a product of a broken world, and when we try to find our joy and satisfaction in the things of this world, we are going to eventually be disappointed every time. I guarantee it.

Mid Week Wake-Up, March 8 2017

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Paul writes in Romans 1:16 that “he is not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God to save everyone who believes”.  Occasionally I find myself asking how much I actually believe this truth?  As we’ve heard about the reality of the abortion issue the past few weeks, hearing the alarming stats of children being killed while still in the womb, hearing about the incredibly painful and lonely journey this can be for women and men involved, wondering how we respond as a church, it can be easy to feel despair.  Or to wonder what really can we do?