Rebekah

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Rebekah.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Genesis 24:1-26   I.         In archaeology, historians at times notice odd gaps in the records             A.        Even in well preserved records, there will be missing time periods.             B.        Monuments are clearly defaced.             C.        Typically what it indicates that something happened during that time which later generations did not want to remember. Perhaps a…

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The Life of the Apostle John

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/LifeOfTheApostleJohn.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 20:20-28   I.         Early life             A.        Matthew 4:21-22                         1.         His father’s name was Zebedee. His brother was James.                         2.         He was a fisherman by trade, working with his father and brother.             B.        Mark 1:20 – His father was prosperous enough to have hired servants             C.        Luke 5:10-11 – They were partnered with two other…

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The Character of the Wicked

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/CharacterOfTheWicked.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalm 10   I.         Is there any doubt that wicked people live in the world?             A.        We see the evidence daily in our news.             B.        We have direct contact more often than we could wish             C.        And then we wonder, as did the Psalmist, why doesn’t God do something about them? – Psalm…

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Character Matters

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CharacterMatters.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 5:1-5   I.         Suppose you needed to hire someone for a job. What would you look for?             A.        You probably need someone with the skills to do the job, but what other things would you look for. Given several candidates with equivalent skills, what would set one person out above…

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Jamaica Patois Wisdom – Character

by Jefferson David Tant The Jamaican Patois dialect is colorful, unique, and humorous. It is my desire to share some of the philosophy shown in this mix of colorful phrases that are witty as well as thought-provoking. I hope the readers both profit and enjoy. In my quarter-century plus of teaching there, I have come…

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What Made Hezekiah Great?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/WhatMadeHezekiahGreat.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 18:1-6   I.         Our reading tells us that Hezekiah was a great king of Israel.             A.        There was no king like him before in Judah. II.        The question, though, is what made Hezekiah great?             A.        It wasn’t his father, Ahaz                         1.         Ahaz was a wicked man – II Kings 16:2-4                         2.         Later we…

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

by Jerry D. Curry via The Sunny Hill Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 8, April 15, 2001. God’s people have always been called upon to take action. As Joshua made his farewell speech he exhorted Israel, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Haggai exhorted Israel, “Go up to the mountain, and bring…

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Consistency and Character

by James R. Cope via The Preceptor, Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1951. Reputation and Character Character is what we are. It is the sum total of qualities that distinguish one person from another. Reputation is what is said about us — that which others think we are. Character and reputation are sometimes the same: perhaps…

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Character: The Essential Quality of Leadership

by Jim Deason via The Jackson Drive Reporter, Nov. 15, 2009 He saw it happen but somehow it didn’t register in his mind. The peanut butter was in the cart, but somehow it never made it to the conveyor belt that carried it by the cashier. The bag boy just picked it up, unpaid for,…

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