Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ecclesiastes 1:3-11   I.         The world seems to be constantly changing.             A.        The one constant seems to be the turmoil             B.        The change is rarely beneficial             C.        Early in the last century a blind poetess, Jennie Wilson, wrote a reminder to us that the world changes but God does not II.        Men are unreliable guides…

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A Trustworthy Statement

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton II Timothy 2:8-13   I.         If we died with him             A.        Related to Romans 6:3-7                         1.         In baptism we share in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus                         2.         Death leads to life                                     a.         New (different) life here on earth – Romans 6:4                                     b.         A life after physical death – Romans 6:5                                     c.         The latter is what Paul…

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Fruitful Christians

by Jeffery W. Hamilton Text John 15:1-8   I.         We know that Jesus’ words in John 15 concerning the vine and branches are dealing with individual Christians and not denominations.             A.        Jesus is the vine, each one of us are branches off that vine, and God is the vinedresser.             B.        But don’t get so caught up in identifying…

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Persecution

Jeff Carter Sentry Magazine, September 2001 In the United States, the church has enjoyed a peaceful existence. Our Federal and State governments allow us to worship freely. However, God does not promise us a carefree, painless life. Very early in his preaching, Jesus promises “Blessed ore those who have been persecuted for the sake of…

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In the Hour of Trial

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 22:54-62   I.         Without a doubt, Peter loved Jesus             A.        When others sat in the boat in fear, it was Peter who wanted to go out to meet Jesus – Matthew 14:28-31             B.        When Jesus spoke of his abandonment on the Mount of Olives – Matthew 26:31-32                         1.         Specifically Jesus told Peter that…

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The Difference Between a Man and a Dog

by Jeffery Kingry Sentry Magazine, June 2000 Mark Twain once quipped, “If you find a shivering, starving dog, take him home to your hearth and make him prosperous, he will not bite you if you attempt to pick him up. This is the main difference between a man and a dog. ” Photo by Jordan Koons…

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Mabel’s Story

by Tom Schmidt (abridged) The state-run convalescent home is not a pleasant place. It is large, understaffed, and overfilled with senile, helpless, and lonely people who are waiting to die. On the brightest days, it seems dark inside and smells of sickness and stale urine. I went there once or twice a week for four…

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Rules for Prosperity and Success

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Joshua 1:1-9   I.         Moses had died and Joshua now finds himself the leader of a nation about to conquer a land to claim as their own.             A.        God appears to Joshua and offers words of encouragement – Joshua 1:7-9             B.        The advise was excellent for Joshua, but it is also useful for…

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But if not …

by Jefferson David Tant In late May of 1940, during World War II, the German army had overrun the tiny European nation of Belgium.  As Hitler’s tanks and troops marched across Belgium, they pushed the defenders–British, French, and Belgian troops–toward the sea. Finally, the Allied forces of Great Britain, France, and Belgium were cornered at…

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