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Ron . . .

Ron is his name. Like so many of our personal friends, Ron had always been a morally good person. He was a contributor to our society, had held a job since he was 16 years old, volunteered with a local charity, didn’t have any bad habits, a good neighbor to all, and a new father as his first child had been born a few weeks prior to me meeting him for the first time.  Like so many of our personal…
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Go and Make 

We have probably heard sermons or classes on Matthew 28:18-20 for years. In this verse, Jesus said the following: “… All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”…
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John Doe

I was overcome with a feeling of sadness. I was standing in the section of the city-owned cemetery, Potter’s Field. It was a rugged, uphill rocky area that was not desirable to families purchasing a burial plot so the city gave it to be used for people who could not afford a place to bury their loved one. The area was dotted with plastic markers signifying the location of graves. I was one of only three people at this graveside…
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A question of Why 

Throughout the Gospels, we see an overview of the life of Jesus as He lived here on this Earth. According to the inspiration of God in John 21:25, the world in which we live cannot hold all the books about Jesus that could be written. As you and I study the life of the Perfect One, we often ask ourselves: “Why did He do that or why did He do it that way?”. In my opinion, it is questions like…
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Your 2020 Resolutions

 If this past Wednesday was like most New Year’s Days, about 60% of Americans made a New Year’s resolution. In terms of improving oneself in the here and now along with eternity, here is the most important resolution one can make: READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE DAILY!  This being the most important resolution one can make has been demonstrated by lots of studies and it is taught by the Word of God itself. Studies have been conducted on thousands of…
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A Difference in Evangelism 

We have been taught for years the lost are out there, somewhere and we need to be searching for those people. The other end of this spectrum is that we need to make sure we convert our young ones. Both of these statements are true but they are not the only times that evangelism is needed. I believe that evangelism is the most under-followed command of God for the individual Christian. God has not been specific on how we are…
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What is Your Vision?

 Today is our last Sunday of 2019. Lord willing, we will gather next Sunday in the new year 2020. The number 2020 is often connected to the standard of good vision. What is YOUR VISION for the 70 West family?  In your vision for 70 West, do you see us doing a better job in reaching out to our community? If so, how will you help us all fulfill that vision? Do you see 70 West as a caring family,…
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Three Great Resolutions

As we approach the new year, many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Let me give you three resolutions that will help you grow closer to God and closer to His church.  #1-Resolve to really get into reading and studying God’s Word in 2020. Have a plan and stick to it! For me personally, studying the Bible each morning around 5 and then capping off the night with a simple reading of God’s Word works best. I prefer a…
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A Difference in Organization

We are placed into a certain category by other people. The Lord’s church is often put into the category of “Christianity”. The religious world has only a few distinctions: Christianity, Jewish, Muslim and a few others. Do you realize that there are at least 4,000 different versions of “Christianity” as it is known by the world. However, God has only designated one church. A difference between the church for which Jesus died and the rest of the religious world is…
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Be an Encourager

Once again you have humbled me with your tremendous love and encouragement. Thanks to all who attended the annual Open House event last Sunday. I was staying up with the count until the midway point around 4 o’clock and then lost all ability to keep up as there was a fairly constant stream of folks stopping by to enjoy the fellowship. At the midway point the attendance was already 79 so I know the final count was in the hundreds…
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Thanksgiving

 As Christians, we are so blessed! We are blessed to have God as our Heavenly Father and Jesus as our older brother. We are blessed to have the church as our spiritual family. We are blessed because we get to experience ‘thanksgiving’ 365 days per year. Instead of only celebrating the spirit of ‘thanksgiving’ once a year as most Americans do, as Christians we offer up our ‘thanksgiving’ praise to God every day in songs and prayer.  Unfortunately, in our…
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The Lord’s church is different…

We live in a world that hears the word “church” and the image that explodes into the mind of the world is a building with a steeple. The world sees the building as holy. It is almost impossible to change the mindset of 7 billion, however, it needs to be realized that the church is different. As we explore this idea, notice that the church is different due to her worship. The church is different when we see her worship…
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