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Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us continue to praise, to worship, and to learn more about our God who loves us.

It is Sunday December 13TH 2020 – the 3RD Sunday of Advent with just 2 more Sundays remaining in 2020. I’m not preaching this morning. I get to watch my Lead Pastor preach for the first time since 4 Sundays ago. I love his preaching style. He is never boring, and I always walk away from his sermons educated, enlightened, informed, and (most importantly) – closer to God. I usually walk away with new ideas for future sermons. He gets me into the Bible to take-in more of God’s wisdom.

I love to preach, and I will never turn down an opportunity to do so. It is an honor and a privilege to share God’s Good News with my brothers and sisters of my church family, as well as anyone else who will listen to me. But an important part of my ministry is hearing, listening, and absorbing God’s Word as told by others – my Lead Pastor, my Praise & Worship Pastor, the Christ-led musicians who I feature on here every Monday, and a few select TV preachers who I enjoy watching every week.

This past Wednesday night a bunch of us gathered together at our church building to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. We got it all done in just about an hour, and now it looks a lot like Christmas. We did a good job, but the most important part of that hour was the fellowship of our church family.

On the home front I’ve begun writing my next (untitled) sermon which will cover the second-half of John Chapter 16. It’ll be the follow-up to “Spirit & Truth” – my sermon of 2 weeks ago which covered John 16:5-15. I’d also like to simultaneously write my next Malachi sermon. (I preached on Malachi during the final Sunday of August. There’s more to reveal there.)

You see as Jesus hung on the cross the world thought it had won. The world rejoiced over what it saw. The world thought it had conquered the light. Meanwhile His disciples wept and mourned over what they saw, but Christ had revealed and promised that their grief would be short-lived. Their grief would become joy over what would soon happen.

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us continue to praise, to worship, and to learn more about our God.

It is Sunday December 06TH 2020, and for the 2ND Sunday in a row I’ve been asked to preach a full sermon to my church family. This morning I’ll be preaching on “Satan & Hell”. It’s a sermon that I wrote during the peak of the pandemic in April and into May when everything was shutdown, and everyone was in quarantine mode.

It’s been “sitting on the shelf” since then, and since I wrote it I’ve preached 4 other sermons. The time is right to preach it today. I’ve updated it, enhanced it, and even brightened it up a bit.

Last week I preached almost entirely on John – the “Apostle & Elder”. My sermon today includes a lot of Paul and Peter.

Scripture includes: Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 11:6-7, 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 2:26; and 2 Peter 3:10-18

Here’s a short excerpt from my sermon today:

… There’s a lot of people that are perishing in this world. They are good people. They are God’s children. Some of them are in our own families. Some of them are our friends, our coworkers, our acquaintances, and our neighbors. But they are perishing. They remain in darkness. But we love them. And we want them to see the glorious light of God.

Satan – the god of this world – has blinded the minds of those who don’t (yet) believe, so they can’t see the light. Satan is at work – doing his – dirty deeds done dirt cheap …

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends ! This is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us be thankful for this new day that our God has blessed us with.

It is Sunday November 29TH 2020, and I am back home in South Florida from vacation with my family in North Texas ! I was there for 8 days, and as always it was filled with food and fun. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together – known in our family as #ThanksChristmasGiving – a tradition that goes back about 15 years every traditional Thanksgiving Day. I got some great gifts this year !

My return trip back home via American Airlines was quite the bumpy ride. It was also a longer than normal ride. It took a more northerly route than its usual direct flightpath due to severe weather along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But the ride – even at 35,000 feet above southern Arkansas, northern Mississippi, and northern Alabama – was quite rough – with the A321 Airbus jumping up-and-down and swaying back-and-forth in the ferocious winds along both sides of a strong cold front. A few passengers got sick. I was worried for a few minutes that I was getting sick as well, but luckily I was OK.

Once we got above North Florida the ride suddenly became smooth and trouble-free. It remained that way for the rest of the trek to Miami International Airport.

Well just as I have done for the past 3 years on the Sunday after Thanksgiving or the first Sunday of December – I’m preaching a full sermon to my church family this morning. I got the word late this past Wednesday night in North Texas, and I was actually writing a brand new sermon in-between my family-time. I finished it late yesterday here at home. I’ll be preaching on “Spirit & Truth” today – mostly from the first-half of John Chapter 16.

When the Spirit of truth comes – He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring Me glory by telling you whatever He receives from Me. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. This is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever He receives from Me.’ (John 16:12-15)

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Sunday Scripture

Every Sunday at my church I officially open our service after a cold opening first song of Praise & Worship. I greet my brothers and sisters, and I present Scripture – almost always from the Psalms.

This is one of my favorites – and one that I’ve probably quoted most often over the past few years:

Those are the final two verses of Psalm 100, and I always read the entire Psalm starting with Verse 1:

Shout with joy to the LORD – all the Earth ! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him – singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God ! He made us, and we are His. We are His people – the sheep of His pasture. AMEN.

Give thanks to our God with each new day. Praise and worship Him !

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