Church of the Living God


  • From The Great Physician To The Great Commission (Part 5)

    A Labor Foreign Secretary (1966-68) named George Brown got this response from another guest at a diplomatic reception: “I shall not dance with you for three reasons. First, because you are drunk, second, because this is not a waltz but the Peruvian national anthem and third, because I am not a beautiful lady in red; […]

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  • Christian Character In Three Easy Steps! (You Won’t Believe #2!!!)

    There is a tension in the Christians life between what God does for us and what God expects us to do. God is always at work doing something in us and for us that we can’t accomplish on our own power, but the Bible is also clear that God expects us to participate in the […]

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  • GC:engage – Becoming An Effective Ambassador for Christ

    The Great Commission  When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he told them to go into all the world and preach the gospel. The Apostle Paul would later make the analogy of ambassadorship: we areall representatives of Christ. In order to represent him well, we need knowledge (an accurately informed mind), wisdom (an artful method) and character (an attractive manner).* […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay (Part 2)

    In the previous post, we looked at how the Potter pulls the clay from the ground and prepares it for His use. He “wedges” it to get rid of air holes, then throws it into the center of the wheel. After that, of course,  the shaping begins. “Opening the form” happens after centering.  The potter […]

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  • The Potter and the Clay

    Several months ago, I preached a sermon about the imagery of the Potter and Clay in the Bible. Lately, I have been talking with Amy Gilmore, a friend who actually makes pottery (I offer that in sharp contrast to my complete inability to do anything artistic).   Amy has been explaining to me how the […]

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  • What Happens in Thessalonica Stays in Thessalonica

    (Part One of a Three Part Series on Sex, Purity, and Justice)       One of the most popular ads right now promises us a world in which we can do some incredibly stupid and maybe even fun things in Vegas, and not have them effect us at all. Unfortunately, it’s just not true. Expense tabs, debt, […]

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  • A Christian’s Achilles Heel

    In February of 2006 I  ruptured my Achilles’ Tendon at a men’s retreat.  In one sudden burst of pain I found that I had a great difficulty walking – and you really don’t want to do that if you have a choice.  I remember vividly sitting in the doctor’s office a day or two before the […]

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  • Understanding Hope

    From “A Healthy Sense of Doom”:  Paul said about the church in Thessalonica: “They marvel at how expectantly you wait for the arrival of God’s Son, whom He raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.”Those most aware of certain doom are most inclined to long for the freedom Christ brings.  Those […]

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