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Jesus Paid It All

Jesus did not die by lethal injection behind closed doors. Jesus died on a cross. No one sought to make his death as comfortable as possible. Far from it.Man in his darkness had conceived of the most painful ways possible to put another person to death. Nail him to two rough-cut pieces of lumber, drop the thing in a hole and then watch the victim suffer before he died. To ...

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Sports

If you know much about me, you know that I love sports. Just about any kind of sports, it doesn't have to be the highest level of any particular sport. I love the camaraderie, I love the competition, I love the storylines, and most of all I just love watching "my team" with my family. Win or lose I love those times. You know the old saying, "the family that enjoys the high...

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“Weltenshauung” Part 1

Everybody has one. No, it's nothing private it's a public matter. Everyone has a "worldview." Informally, "worldview" describes the lens through which we see all of life. Formally, Webster defines it as, "a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint." Ultimately our worldview shapes everything about us.If you have repented ...

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Easter Changes Everything

Next Sunday afternoon, we, as a church, will be putting door hangers on most residences in Weatherford as a way of inviting them to Easter worship services. The message on the hangers is brief, positive, and informative. Each person receiving one will know that they are invited to celebrate Easter with us. Door hangers can become bridge builders.Some who receive the door h...

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"Weltenshauung" - Part 2

A whole host of home renovation shows have flooded TV these days. Among the masses, Chip and Joanna Gaines have risen toward the top of that niche. The appeal of their show, "Fixer Upper," goes much deeper than their ability to renovate and redesign houses (but that is another discussion). However, they are wonderfully good at renovating and redesigning houses which need i...

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Using Your Gifts

Our Brittany Spaniel, Gus, was hit by a truck and killed on January 20. While the 45th president of the United States was being sworn into office, I watched my dog die. It was a tough day. Had he lived, my brother would have turned 50 years old on that same day. Clouds covered the sun. Sadness gripped my heart.The sun did come up and did shine on the following day. Life co...

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Life Goes On

Freckles has become a part of our family. Nancy and I picked her up in Ponca City when she was barely eight weeks old. She was born as one of five females in a litter of eleven Brittany Spaniels. A friend of mine had reserved her for himself but let me have her after our dog Gus was killed. How kind of him! How fortunate for us.Nancy picked out the name "Freckles" long bef...

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Thank You!

Since late September 2015, I have enjoyed serving as the Preschool and Children's Director, starting with the Interim position and then transitioning to the permanent position. What a rewarding experience it has been! It's no surprise to me that we have seen growth in our Preschool and Children's Department.We have been incredibly blessed by the countless men and women who...

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Weep With those Who Weep

Nancy recognized the food editor's picture on the front of The Daily Oklahoman. She reads what he writes, and I am grateful. Bad recipes rarely make it into print in a major newspaper."Oh, no. His son died. He was only nineteen. I wonder what happened?"I left the room to brush my teeth before heading to the church. When I returned, she had tears in her eyes."He had struggl...

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The Latest Worship War - part 2

So does worship and my response to God's goodness have more to do with me than the atmosphere of the room? Does a congregation's lack of singing have more to do with the people of God and the worship leadership than the selection of songs? Could it be that in an attempt to diagnose reasons for the lack of participation, we need to look beyond aesthetics and look to where G...

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