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Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow 
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 08:00 AM - Podcast
Philippians 4:1-9

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Think About These Things 
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 07:11 AM - Sermon
A podcast in mp3 format of my sermon "Think About These Things" is available. Included is my suggestions of how to be happy.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Philippians 4:8 NIV


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What Matters 
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 11:19 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
A friend of extraChristy was promoting this humble email at breakfast. "You should get extraChristy; what's your email again?" Between them they tried to piece it together.

Suspicious, I butted in and asked our recruit, "Do you use your email?"

"No."

He went on to explain how months go by without him checking email. He had an email address. He just didn't read or write any messages. (Some days, when I look at my unread messages, I think he is wiser than me in that way.)

Some folks are like that about their faith. With effort, they can recite their church's address but rarely go there. The question of how does having that membership affect your daily life is what really matters.

Whether or not you use email is not of eternal importance. Whether or not your life sends a message of your faith...that matters.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. -- James 2:14-17 (NIV)





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Downsizing 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11:23 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
Our new house is smaller than our previous homes. It is only right since our children have moved out. Yet it presents a challenge. Since there is no attic and only a half basement in our new home. We have to reduce our "stuff" by about three full rooms.


I sometimes have to enlist my wife to get rid of "precious" things are of no value(!) that I can't bear to give up and away. Retired computers and books enjoyed years ago make up the majority of the "stuff" I have for no sane reason.

Moving is a great time to take inventory. It forces you to choose. It is either get rid of some stuff or not move! Literally, we would not be able to move in the new house. To move, we need to let loose.

Paul says that in our scripture reading for Sunday, in Philippians he says he was dropped everything he has weighed him down, marked it as rubbish, so like an unburdened runner he can "press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."

What is holding you back from moving forward?


If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 3:4b-14 (NIV)






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Giving Doorknockers 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:21 AM - Extra Christy
When we entered our new house we found a gift from the previous owners that moved there as newlyweds five children ago. A doorknocker with our name inscribed on it. Good people

As I consider how to install the pounder, I related it to my calling. I really am about installing personalized doorknockers for the one who stands at the door and knocks. I cannot open the door for someone else for Christ to enter, nor am I the one to be welcomed in. My place is getting door knockers put in, so folks know that Christ is knocking at the door to their heart.

Hope you hear Christ knocking today. Let me know if I can help.


Here I am!

I stand at the door and knock.


If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,


I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

-- Revelation 3:20 (NIV)





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