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GETTING THE MESSAGE/Expect difficulties in following Christ

After a summer of different subjects in Scripture, we return to our study in Acts this week. In Acts 21, Paul is on his third missionary trip, and he has been convicted by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem.

DUNCAN/Herod and the murder of John the Baptist

In verses 1-5, we have recounted for us how Herod came to hear of the ministry of Jesus Christ and what his response to that ministry was.

DUNCAN/Jesus, the Christ: Son of David, Son of Abraham

Please turn to Matthew 13:53-58. When we come to this passage, we come to a turning point in Matthew’s presentation of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/God pities sinners, offers grace in Christ

Obadiah writes around the time of Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.

LOWRY/Joe Manchin’s travesty

Congress has never cared much about truth-in-labeling, but even by its standards, “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” is laughably absurd. 

DUNCAN/The scribe of the kingdom

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 13:51-52. We have already surveyed 7 kingdom parables in this great passage, and we refer to them as “kingdom parables” because each of these 7 parables are designed to teach us unexpected qualities of the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God.

LOWRY/The joy of 61

Baseball is a game of numbers, and one of the most iconic of them, 61, is now in play. 

Donna Turley Bryant

Donna Turley Bryant passed away July 28, 2022. 

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The deep, deep love of Christ for you

When Jesus prayed to his Father in John 17, he said this is eternal life: “That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Psalm 12 begins with a lament: “Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone, for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.” There are times when the godly depart from the world and few arise to replace them. The result is that small remnants of believers remain in the midst of a corrupt society, which is good reason to utter laments and call upon the Lord.

Mr. and Mrs. William Keith Bradford of Madison announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Ann Bradford, to Justin Thomas Renfrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubie Renfrow of Madison.

MOORE/NY Times to Biden: Time to Go!

When President Joe Biden retired in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday night, he likely did not expect to find a severed horse’s head under his bed covers.

LOWRY/Abortion isn’t saving the Democrats

Democrats have been looking for a political lifeline and believe that the Dobbs case overturning Roe v. Wade is it.

DUNCAN/Tares among wheat: Told and explained

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 13:24-30.  The parable of the tares is designed to show the disciples that in Christ’s kingdom, the sons of the kingdom and the sons of the evil one are going to exist side by side for a long time.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/‘The faithful have vanished’

Psalm 12 begins with a lament: “Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone, for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.”

MOORE/Media fawned over Merkel

Remember how the world, especially the American media, fawned over former German Chancellor Angela Merkel? 

If you thought Donald Trump represented a unique danger to the American system of government, you obviously haven’t been paying attention to the growing menace from Tallahassee.

DUNCAN/Jesus speaks in parables

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 13:10-17.  In this passage, we have an opportunity to hear from Jesus’ own lips an explanation as to why He spoke in parables. 

GETTING THE MESSAGE/‘Blessed is the man’

Psalm 1 begins with “Blessed is the man.” This is an announcement from the Lord God. He tells sinful men there is a way to be blessed in his sight.

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with

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