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Archive for the Bible Studies Category


Religion Addiction

Religion Addiction Scripture Lesson: John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing […]

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Doing “Evangelism” Starting With Grace

For those who preach, teach, or otherwise share the Gospel…we should always lead with GRACE. Consider these words from Baxter Kruger:  “We make a mistake when we start the Gospel with, ‘we are sinners separated from God,’ instead of starting with Jesus–Who is the Father coming after us to embrace us.” The FIRST way – […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

We’ve been getting ready for Christmas around here. We’ve got a new Christmas tree in the education building. We’ve order and will place poinsettias in the sanctuary next Sunday. We’ve even got a new crèche for the church.  You’ll notice it in the display case in the education building.  The crèche  (and the new Christmas […]

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The Prophet – Matthew 3:1-12

The Prophet Here’s another older sermon about John the Baptizer – based on Matthew 3:1-12! A seasoned member of the clergy spoke about the difficulties associated with serving the church.  “In the typical ministerial setting you will be expected to serve several different functions.  At times you will be called to be a priest.   There […]

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Moving Beyond Belief

Read Luke 5:1-11 Oswald Chambers wrote:  “There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Hundreds of people today are devoting themselves to phases of truth, to causes. Jesus Christ never asks us to devote ourselves to a cause or a creed; he asks us to devote ourselves to him.”  At […]

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God Emptied Himself – Advent Reflection

God Emptied Himself Philippian 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,     did not regard equality with God     as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,  [/highlight]   taking the form of a slave,     being born in human likeness. And being […]

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When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes

When Your Life Passes Before Your Eyes “Have you ever been in one of those situations where it seemed like your life has passed before your eyes?”  That FEELING is one of doom and dread, darkness and despair – the fear that the end is near.  We explored this idea on the First Sunday of […]

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AUTHORITY From The Cross

Authority From The Cross – Luke 23:33-43 The sermon was preached on November 24, 2013, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can read the manuscript below, or watch the video (the link comes up after this little note.   You may also visit the church website at http://www.pattersonavenuebaptist.com […]

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Can God Love Somebody Like Me?

In the last several post, we have explored the challenging questions Jesus face from the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees – all recorded in Luke 20.  “Who gave you the authority to do what you are doing?”  “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?”  “If a man marries a woman and dies, and his six […]

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Dumb Questions

Why do they call it a “Television Set” when there’s only one? How fast do you need to cook for it to be considered “Fast Food”? Why do they imply the ‘birds and the bee’s’ get up to something together? Why aren’t Blueberry’s blue? Do Butterfly’s make Butter? Does the Queen Bee have a King? […]

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