Christian Character Part 8

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Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ The title of the message comes from Romans 1:16, another true measure of Christian Character is whether or not we are ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s read Paul’s words, beginning in Verse 15, “So, as much as it is in me, I am ready to […]

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Christian Character Part 7

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Be of Good Cheer Be of Good Cheer!! Even though the Swine Flu H1N1 has backed way off its epidemic threats, the times and seasons around us are no less tough this week than last week: earthquakes, tsunamis, wars and rumors of wars, financial and economic weakness, marriages and families under stress, illness and aging, […]

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Christian Character Part 6

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Hypocrisy and Judgmentalism In this series of studies on Christian Character, we need to realize that we have looked at a number of issues, but we have not really focused yet on the foundational concept that what defines Christian Character is the commitment one makes, in humility, repentance and love, to live out the admonition […]

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Christian Character Part 5

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Marriage (Valentine’s Day) Yes, today is Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate love, especially the love we share in marriage, and so today, at the risk of some meddling, I am led to share with you about marriage. And while Valentine’s Day is a good day to celebrate marriage and family, it is also a […]

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Christian Character Part 4

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Serving God and Others At a wedding we attended yesterday, we were struck by the gravity of the minister’s admonition to the couple: “Your happiness will be found in your spouse’s well-being.” The quest for marriage, and the right marriage partner is often defined in the question of who makes me happy. This admonition challenged […]

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The Temptation of Sin

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Temptation (Webster) The act of tempting, or enticing to evil; seduction. When the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. – Luke iv. 13. The state of being tempted, or enticed to evil. Lead us not into temptation. – Luke xi. 4. That which tempts; an inducement; an allurement, […]

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Christian Character Part 3

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The Ten Most Wanted List We have started off this year, 2010, in a study of Christian Character, of which this message is the third in the series. We have considered that, as with a New Year and with New Year’s resolutions, a commitment or rededication to Christ is a place and season of New […]

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Christian Character Part 2

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What’s Up, Dude? The question today is the foundation for today’s sermon: What’s up, Dude? You see, God wants us to examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28; Galations 6:4) and figure out where we are in the present of our lives. That means we will be looking back, somewhat, at where we have been, and we […]

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Christian Character Part 1

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New Beginnings When you think about it, New Year’s Day is just another day – yet by an artifice of the mind we decide that it is the advent of a New Year, as the ball descends in Time Square, as the fireworks explode in our neighborhoods, and elsewhere. It is a traditional time for […]

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Honor Thy Parents – A Christmas Story

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How many of us here today have lost their temper with their parents? Or should the question rather be: “how many times have those of us here lost their temper with their parents?” How often do we do things that our parents have expressly forbidden, or even just asked us not to do? How often […]

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