DUNCAN/Out of the heart comes evil

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 15:15-20. Christ takes the matter of the heart with the utmost seriousness and so should we. In this passage He shows us the origin of sin in our own experience.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/Don’t be surprised at suffering

In Acts 23:11, the apostle Paul is in the Roman barracks to protect him from the Jews, who again had threatened his life.

HARSANYI/California’s Green New Deal

If California, our most populous state, were its own nation, it would rank as the world’s fifth largest economy and boast the highest average household income (outside a handful of “countries” like Monaco or Luxemburg).

DUNCAN/Tradition or commandment?

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 15:1-14.  This passage has important lessons for us.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The first mission team sent

Luke records for us in this passage the first mission team sent off by a church, taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

RENO/Politics of Jackson water should end

In 1998, when I was a new member of the Jackson City Council representing Ward 6, the City of Jackson received orders from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality directing the city to address the long-standing inadequacies of its water and sewer system. The state’s orders, which came with hard deadlines for action, addressed a myriad of issues. To name a few, the Savannah Street treatment plant was discharging untreated waste and odor, the Fewell water-treatment plant was leaking waste into the Pearl River (a violation of the federal Clean Water Act), and broken sewage lines were leaking due to massive infiltration and inflow.

WHITE/A father in the home is essential

Kids who grow up without an engaged father in the home are more likely to go to prison (especially boys), less likely to graduate high school, less likely to be healthy, and young girls are more likely to become pregnant as teenagers.

LOWRY/Who says bipartisan cooperation is dead?

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are proving that even sworn enemies can cooperate to promote one another’s political interests.

DUNCAN/Jesus walks on water

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 14:22-36. This passage focuses our attention on the powerful, providential protection of the Lord Jesus Christ for His people.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/Paul speaks to misery of darkness

In Acts 22:1-23, Paul is at the temple in Jerusalem, and he has almost been beaten to death by the Jewish crowd. Nevertheless, he has been given permission to speak to them by the Roman tribune who rescued him from death.

CARSWELL/Why no water in Jackson?

An American city of 150,000 people is without running water. Pumps at the main water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi failed this week. Low water pressure means that many homes and businesses can’t even run the taps. Those that are getting a trickle are advised not to clean their teeth with it, let alone drink it, since it is likely contaminated.

HARSANYI/Biden’s cynical abuse of power

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”

LOWRY/Biden’s student debt debacle

It's hard to top President Joe Biden's Afghan withdrawal for reckless policymaking, but his student-loan forgiveness scheme is a contender for his second-worst decision.

DUNCAN/Five thousand fed

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 14:13-21. At this significant point, Jesus performs what is perhaps His most famous miracle–the feeding of 5,000+ in the midst of his ministry on the northeast shore of Galilee. 

GETTING THE MESSAGE/Suffering for the name of Christ

In this passage, Acts 21:15-40, Paul has completed his third missionary trip and is in Jerusalem.

HARSANYI/Iran still leading terror state

Last week, a man stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed British author Salman Rushdie in the neck as he was being introduced.

LOWRY/No, Liz Cheney isn’t Abraham Lincoln

“It’s a slip, not a fall,” Abraham Lincoln said after his loss in his legendary 1858 Illinois Senate contest against Stephen Douglas.

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.

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