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Do the opposite

December 19, 2013 | Christ, christmas, consumerism, Gary Combs, generosity, give, give more, giving, God, jesus, materialism

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV). I started watching the sitcom “Seinfeld” only after it went into syndication. I guess the daily dose of reruns finally got me interested. If you know anything about the show, you know that the character played by Jason Alexander, is… Read more »

Don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas!

December 12, 2013 | Advent, Christ, christmas, Gary Combs, jesus, less, money, more, satisfaction, satisfy, spending

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2 ESV). Now, before you panic… Read more »

Who will win the battle for your worship?

December 5, 2013 | Advent, advent conspiracy, Christ, christmas, consumerism, culture, Gary Combs, God, jesus, materialism, money, spending, worship

“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11 ESV). The word “worship” comes from the Middle English, “weorthscipe,” literally meaning to “ascribe worth.” We were created to worship. From dandelions to dinosaurs, no… Read more »

F.A.T. from Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 | available, F.A.T., faithful, full, fullness, Gary Combs, God, jesus, teachable, thanks, thanksgiving

“Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty” (Acts 6:3 ESV). “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.… Read more »

Experiencing FLOW

November 15, 2013 | bible, flow, fulfillment, Gary Combs, generosity, giving, God, happiness, jesus, joy

“Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37-38 ESV). “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8 NIV). “Flow is… being completely involved in an activity for… Read more »

The Davion Effect

November 8, 2013 | an orphan's hope, Davion Only, Gary Combs, jesus, orphan, orphan care, orphan conference, WCC

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 ESV). “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (James 1:27 NLT). This past September, 15-year old, Davion Only made the news… Read more »

Jesus – the Vine

November 3, 2013 | John 15:1-11 | jesus

In this last sermon in the “I AM” series, Pastor Gary helps us understand Jesus’ claim to be the True Vine. Are you connected to Jesus? Are you drawing abundant life from the Vine?

Jesus – the Way, the Truth and the Life

October 27, 2013 | John 14:1-14 | jesus

In this, the 6th I AM statement of Jesus in the book of John, Jesus makes an exclusive claim to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pastor Gary helps us understand how Christ makes it possible to send out an S.O.S to God in response to his claims.

Crown five is here!

October 25, 2013 | birth announcement, crown, Gary Combs, God, grandfather, grandparent, jesus, Samuel

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…” (Proverbs 17:6 ESV). Our fifth grandchild arrived this week! His name is Samuel Abbott Mitchell and he was born at the Wilson hospital at 9:14 AM this past Wednesday, October 23, 2013, weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Both of his grandfathers (me and Stewart Mitchell) and his uncle… Read more »

Jesus – The Resurrection

October 20, 2013 | John 11:17-44 | jesus

In the 5th installment of our “I AM” sermon series, we look at Jesus’ claim to be the Resurrection and the Life. What do you need resurrected in your life? Is it you? A relationship? A dream? Respond to Jesus and let him raise you to abundant life in him.