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Lent is Good for Me

March 6, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

Lent does not lend itself to commercialism or emotion. Instead it calls for a long, self-reflective, obedience best practiced in community. ... Keep Reading

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What is Church Membership good for?

February 27, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

We think of a member as someone who comes to meetings and pays dues. But the bible talks about membership as being a part of the body. If I were to cut off your finger, I would have dismembered you. A church member is a connected part of Christ's body. No honor could possibly be sweeter than that. ... Keep Reading

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What is Glory?

February 19, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

Christians struggle to describe heaven. We do not really understand what God is calling us toward, therefore we don't really understand what we need to be doing now to get there. Jesus calls us to enter his joy. The joy of losing ourselves in the activity of making someone else happy. In heaven, we will be in Christ bringing joy to the Father and the Son. By making their joy complete, we will be complete. ... Keep Reading

When God Shows Up

February 3, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

God powerfully blessed our baptism service yesterday. Maybe He blessed it because the service required a couple of rather huge compromises. Or maybe God moved two men to make huge compromises because he wanted to bless a service. Either way, when God shows up you are glad. ... Keep Reading

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Can I Take Pride in My Spiritual Growth?

January 8, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

When we accomplish some goals and conquer some bad habits we feel a healthy sense of joy. How do we keep pride from ruining those accomplishments?... Keep Reading

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Sermon Topics for 2014

January 3, 2014 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

In 2014 we will have four Sermon Series plus our Easter and Christmas celebrations: Christianity Works, Unsearchable Wisdom, By Request, and The King and Kingdom. ... Keep Reading

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One Redneck's Take on Another

December 19, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 8 Comments

Your words matter. And how you say them matters just as much as what you say. If you insult someone, then you should not be surprised when they get offended. ... Keep Reading

The Sobering Realities of Hell and Self-Deception

December 17, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 1 Comments

Jesus teaches that many who will eventually receive God's wrath will be shocked. They will not believe that they deserve it and will assume until the moment of judgement they are safe. That teaching should force us into some serious self-reflection. Don't judge yourself by your own assumptions. Would an objective by-stander say you are on the pathway of life or the path toward death?... Keep Reading

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Making God Happy

November 27, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 0 Comments

God prescribed eating, resting and rejoicing as the best way to celebrate, and I am going to take his word for it. Plan a huge feast. Thank God in the grocery store as you shop. Thank him in the kitchen as you cook, and thank him at the table when you feast. In every step, know that when you bite that pecan pie and smile, He is smiling with you. You have blessed the Lord. ... Keep Reading

From Slaves to Sons

October 24, 2013 | by: Ricky Jones | 6 Comments

Too many Christians live lives dominated by fear, insecurity and shame. We must begin to enjoy the spirit of Sonship. We are no longer slaves judged by our performance. We are the children of God, secure in his love and in our inheritance. From that secure position we can see repent of our sins, and love others with a healthy independence. ... Keep Reading