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We thank the Lord

Posted onNovember 3, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

"He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me." Psalm 50:23a The desire of God’s great heart is that His people be characterized by thankfulness. His invitation is forever “Come ye thankful people come”... Someone observed, “Many people observe on Thanksgiving Day and 364 days complaining.” If and wherever that is true - shame on those folks! Let’s reverse those figures. If we must complain, then let’s crowd all our grumbling into one day and celebrate 364 days of thanksgiving. That’s when people will see our good works, our love and appreciation for each other and for all those things God has bountifully supplied and then they will glorify our Father who is in heaven....Keep Reading

Measuring Our Love

Posted onOctober 30, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Love may seem a subject too ethereal and too emotional for the application of weights and measures. Such standards are far too mundane to be applied to the subject of love. Right? Well, maybe not. Elizabeth Barrett Browning didn’t think so. Remembers her words “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Whatever else might be said of her poetry, she was indeed applying some measurable standards to the subject of love....Keep Reading

Sinners and Worse Sinners?

Posted onOctober 21, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

I am not certain my title is accurate theologically. Sin is sin in God's sight. He makes no distinction, for example, between little white lies and big black ones. Sin is sin. Yet Jesus reserved His most stern condemnation for the Pharisees. These were people who were correct in some areas of their faith and practice. They were better acquainted with the Old Testament than any other group. And they were zealous....Keep Reading

Encouragers

Posted onOctober 14, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ...Keep Reading

The Lord's Supper

Posted onOctober 8, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Based on a common participation, by faith, in Christ’s death and the salvation thus provided, there is also a communion of believers in the unity of His body. These two thoughts of remembrance of Christ and fellowship with the members of His Body are the focal points of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper....Keep Reading

Business As Usual

Posted onOctober 2, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

God has wonderfully blessed the United States of America for more than two hundred years. One of the reasons being this nation’s stated trust in the living God. Throughout such documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to our Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the original formation of our Constitution - all of these, along with the Christian confession of many of our early leaders, helped to form the strong moral fiber of this nation....Keep Reading

Psalm 42:1-2a

Posted onSeptember 23, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."...Keep Reading

My Age Church

Posted onSeptember 1, 2012 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

When pastors get together the subject of conversation may be the weather, hobbies, a recently published book, the cost of gasoline, a new restaurant and almost anything else. Routine stuff. But before long the subject will inevitably turn to church matters....Keep Reading