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Loving the sojourner

April 29, 2016 | Christ, foreigner, God, jesus, love, sojourner, stranger, surprise

“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19 ESV). What is a “sojourner?” The dictionary defines it as “one who resides temporarily in a place.” Other Bible versions translate it as “stranger,

Two tombs that point to resurrection life

April 1, 2016 | Christ, Gary Combs, God, Israel, jesus, Lazarus, life, resurrection, tomb

“Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again. ‘ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you

Easter means… hope

March 24, 2016 | Christ, easter, God, hope, jesus, living hope, resurrection, return

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3 ESV). “My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest

Proclamation follows passion

March 11, 2016 | Christ, evangelism, Gary Combs, God, gospel, jesus, passion, proclamation, sharing, witness, witnessing

“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV). “What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45 NLT).

Gospel-centered living

March 3, 2016 | Christ, church, easter, Gary Combs, God, good news, gospel, jesus

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:5-6 ESV). Over the next few weeks we will be discussing how making the gospel the center focus of our lives will

Generous ears

February 12, 2016 | generosity, generous, gift of listening, God, hear, jesus, listening

“Who among you will give ear to this,     will attend and listen for the time to come?” (Isaiah 42:23 ESV). “Lend me your ears” (Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar). Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give another is the gift of listening. In a world where everyone is busy expressing their opinion on social

Displaying the selfless generosity of God

February 5, 2016 | Christ, generosity, generous, give, God, grace, jesus

“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity” (2 Corinthians 8:1-2 ESV). “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give.

Rank strangers

January 22, 2016 | Gary Combs, God, heaven, jesus, ralph stanley, rank stranger, Wilda Dillon Combs, willow branch quartet

This album made in 1969, was one of their later recordings. (Pictured from L to R) Tommy Hall, J.C. Leonard, Wilda Combs, Ettie Dillon and (seated) Ralph Bays “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.In My Father’s house are many mansions;if it were not so, I would have told you. I go

What do Muslims think of us?

January 15, 2016 | attitude, Christian, community, God, jesus, love, Muslim, relationships, Spirit

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind… Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:1-2, 5 ESV).

That we might become His righteousness

January 8, 2016 | Christ, God, jesus, righteous, righteousness, sin, sinful

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV). How is this possible? How can we possibly be called the “righteousness of God?” The truth is, it isn’t possible through human effort, but God made it possible through