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The Attitude Of Gratitude -- Philippians 4:10-13 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
A group of tourists watched a grizzly bear catching salmon from a stream in one of our national park
God's Wake--up Call -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Everyone who has done much traveling knows what a wake--up call is.
The Mystery Of Christmas -- Colossians 2:1-4 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Affirmations For A New Year -- Isaiah 55:6 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
January is named after the Roman god, Janus.
Meaning Of The Magi -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Some Christians in the world finished celebrating Christmas in January.
The Word Is Near You -- Romans 10: 5-13 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Hear this ancient Japanese parable.
The Light Of Your Life -- John 12:34-36; 42-50 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
This was the beginning of the end. With these words Jesus had no more to say to the public crowds.
A Collision Of Kingdoms -- John 18:33-37 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
The New Testament is full of stories about events which seem turned around, backward, upside down, e
Life's Central Issue -- Deuteronomy 6:1-9 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
These words come as the "commands," "decrees," and "laws" which are given by God for his people.
The Serious Business Of Following Jesus -- Luke 9:57-62 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
A story is told about a small town on the border of Canada and the United States.
A Stubborn Misunderstanding Of Prayer -- Matthew 6:5-8 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
What does the word "prayer" bring to your mind? A regular meeting at church?
Taking The Long Look -- Jeremiah 32 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
What preacher has not stood up to proclaim the word and wondered secretly, "Why am I doing this?
At Christmas Time, Don't Miss Christmas! -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, do
Tempted By Good -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Have you ever noticed that almost every mountaintop experience in life is followed by a valley exper
Struggling With The Truth -- Ephesians 7:10-14 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Aesop told this old story.
A Slice Off The Heavenly Loaf -- John 6:41-51 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Jesus gave himself to hungry humankind as the bread of heaven. Imagine it!
Take Jesus Completely -- John 6:51-58 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Christianity is not a faith for the easily offended.
Living The Servant Attitude -- Luke 17:1-10 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Jesus was a master at knowing the heart of mankind.
Fatal Mistakes -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
"But I meant well!" This defense was given by a convicted forger as he explained that he was forging
Accepting And Rejecting Jesus -- John 6:67 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
One of the strangest aspects of faith is that people can go away from faith as well as come to it.
Riches Are More Than Money -- Mark 12:41-44 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Someone has suggested that the way you can tell something about another person is by examining the s
Searching For Jesus -- John 6:24-35 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Some people say that our generation is becoming godless. But make no mistake about it.
Dealing With Disappointment -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
How do you deal with disappointment? Some of us get angry.
Toward An Active Faith -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Don M. Aycock -- 2000
Faith is active and alive.
BLESSED BETRAYAL -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Don M. Aycock
Have you ever noticed how some things in life sometimes just
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Jesus told a story about someone who was unexpectedly full of kindness and compassion. In our worship today, let us ask ourselves whether we are Good Samaritans to those who really need our help.

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Jesus, sometimes we fail to notice those who are outside our own social sphere.
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O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed,
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
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