The Pride of Uzziah

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Uzziah was sixteen…

…when he was made king in Judah. And for a while things went very well. Uzziah sought the Lord and the Lord blessed him with a rich and powerful country defended by an advanced, strong army. 2 Chronicles 26.15 says, “his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.”

But as the very next verse records, “when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God…”

This lesson looks at the seven steps of pride, and how we can avoid this deceptive, subtle and destructive sin.

(March 24, 2019 — Sunday AM Sermon)

Tear Down the High Places

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God commanded Israel…

…to destroy the “high places” when they conquered the land of Canaan. But they didn’t. They left those sites of pagan worship and ultimately began to use them in the service of other gods. Generation after generation suffered because Israel did not completely eradicate these traces of sin.

When we do not destroy the “high places” in our lives, we risk our faith and even the faith of those we love, potentially for generations to come.

(March 10, 2019 — Sunday AM Sermon)

Living Stones in a Spiritual House

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Being a Christian…

…is about being a dwelling place for the Lord, a temple in which he is glorified. Being a part of a congregation of Christians (as well as the world-wide population of Christians) is about being living stones that magnify God as they are added to the great house of God that grows higher and grander with each new soul; a spiritual house that continues to stand tall and strong and gloried, pointing others to God.

(March 3, 2019 – Sunday AM Sermon)

Building Up Others

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In view of God's mercy…

…we should be merciful to others. This lesson puts forth God's own lovingkindness to us as the greatest motivation for not only loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind, but also loving our neighbor as ourselves.

(May 1, 2018 – Tuesday Evening)