The Wage or the Gift?


Article was written by Pastor Rod SchorrHow staggering those words we read in Roman 6:23; one of the most frequently quoted verses in the Bible. Have you taken a serious look at it? Well, let's do so now: 

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When Things Fall Apart


Science is usually very bright and alert but, in one instance at least, science was dull and slow and very late in coming to the state of its awareness. 

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Don't Know How To Pray?


 

I heard it again just the other day and I can't count the times I've heard it before: "I don't know how to pray." 

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Dig Deeper!


...a nation of spiritual surface miners?

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Time For Hope!


 

Editor's note: CCOT generously supports the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child and his recent preaching tours throughout America and around the world. Here is the latest prayer letter from Mr. Graham. It is a privilege to share the burden of this important and godly work.   Blackpool, a city in Lancashire on England's northwest coast, desperately needs a message of hope. But some in Blackpool are determined to prevent that. 

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Quite a World


I never thought I'd see the day when Americans would call the Bible a "serious threat" and banish it from public view; but that day is here, dear faithful family of Christ; and by 'here', I mean 'right here' in Southern California.

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He Remembers


Pastor Rod is away this week. We include an article he published on 10-19-2014.

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A Kingdom of Rescued Slaves


Many Christians think that the most important work a Christian can do is to argue with unbelievers and convince them to believe in Christ. Members of our church sometimes express discouragement with the fact that all they've been enabled to do, so far, is love one another and serve one another in the church,"I never 'win' anyone to Christ. I don't know how to argue like that." 

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The Man Who Hit Me



Posted on July 22, 2018, by Grace and Ivan Utomo (see: walkingwithgraceweb.com)

Pastor's note: I mentioned Grace and Ivan's powerful testimony last Sunday in my sermon. What incredible servants of Christ they are. They have endured a kind of 'martyrdom' and still, they "shine like stars". (Phi 2: 15)

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An Agent of Christ


 

In Tony Campolo's great little book—Who Switched the Price Tags—he tells the story of Teddy Stallard: a troubled kid, with a glassy look and a dull mind; who came to school every day in the same set of filthy clothes and with his hair never combed. 

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A Ragtag Navy


One of the most remarkable naval operations in history broke every naval rule in the book, followed none of the established procedures for a naval operation and wasn't even accomplished by navy personnel. And yet, few people will contest that it was the greatest naval operation that ever happened. 

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The God Who Waits


I have no idea why, and I have tried to conceal it as best I can over the years, but the truth of it is that I am easy prey to romance of almost every kind and (dare I say it?) even chick-flick stuff. Surely it can't be a 'feminine side'; Sharilyn insists that I have no such thing, and that's perfectly fine with me. 

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The Balboa Blunder


Isn't it remarkable how reticent we all are to honor people until after they're gone? I think of President Reagan who went through two whole terms of political rancor and wrangling and bitter opposition, only to be greatly remembered and revered after he passed away.  

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The Miserrimus Headstone


The ironic thing about the Worcester Cathedral is that people who tour the famous site are always most interested in one sad, little-unnamed grave that lies among the tombs of kings and princes and other great and noble persons.

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This Dear House of God


This week, rather than search elsewhere for inspirational things to encourage us all, I'm finding so much of it right here at home! It's Tuesday morning; I'm back in the office after a nice day off and a great day of worship with you all. It's quiet this morning; rather uneventful, and I'm just reflecting on how greatly blessed I am to be a part of this dear House of God! I know you feel the same! 

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Saved...by a Fly?


Embedded within all the lore that surrounds America's greatest preacher and evangelist is the story of the man who was saved—are you ready for this?—by a fly, of all things. 

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Who? Me?





So many artists have done the scene—my favorite is Caravaggio—but I love them all actually.

There is one feature that shows up in most of them that especially moves me. Almost without fail, the artist depicts Matthew looking up with a startled expression: he has been interrupted—oh! has he ever!—and now he is pointing a finger at  himself—at his chest—with the most astonished look on his face, as if to say: "Are you talking to me?" 

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The Desert Route


Sometimes it takes a desert to help us see what a real treasure is. Things you've always valued become worthless in the desert, and the simplest, most mundane things suddenly become a priceless treasure. 

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The Name!


It comes across rather sternly, doesn't it? That fourth commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God..." 

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Just Five Little Words


It's amazing what the Word of God can do to a smug, self-righteous heart. I certainly have my own story to tell in that regard. But, rather than talk about me, consider the experience of Myra Langley Johnson, who wrote of her own bitter resistance to the idea of "honoring" her mother. 

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