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DO. NOT. SEEK. THE TREASURE!

May 4, 2017 | by: Bill Burns | 0 Comments

In Sunday School the past few weeks, Pastor Dale and I have making our way through the Book of Job. Talking with a couple of folks from class, we all agreed; Job is a book we don’t tend to read very often. To be honest, it’s a bit depressing, and if you’ve read even the first two or three chapters, you know it starts out grim and just goes downhill from there…until the end, of course. In between the ‘bookend’ chapters recounting the troubling circumstances (to say the least!) of Job’s predicament and its resolution at the very end of last chapter, there are about 39 chapters of poetry to wade through. Poetry! Ugh! The Book of Job raises some of the “Big Questions™;” ‘Why do we suffer?’ ‘Is God in control of all things in our lives?’ ‘Why do wicked people seem to prosper and good people go about as paupers?’... Keep Reading

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Early in the life of Abraham, when he was still ‘Abram,’ and Sarah was still ‘Sarai,’ we read about Abram’s call by God to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) In the great “Hall of Faith” chapter of the New Testament, we read that, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise…” (Hebrews 11:8-9a). Elsewhere in the New Testament, we read how Abraham is the Father of the Faithful. Paul puts it famously: “In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.” (Gal. 3:6-8 NLT) One of the things I love about the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is how the characters of the great men and women of the Bible are real, living people like us. ... Keep Reading

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What I Think About While Cleaning the Church

August 4, 2016 | by: Bill Burns | 0 Comments

Every other week, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening, Mrs. B & I and often my mom, and Cody, and even Kacey, trek down to the church to get the place spiffed up for Sunday morning worship. Everyone gets to work as soon as the doors are opened. We flick on the lights, one of us sets up some tunes, or tunes in the Royals game, and we all grab a mop, or a broom, or vacuum, and head to our respective ‘areas.’ When we first come in, it’s usually pretty dark. But even after the lights are mostly all on there are still a few dark corners, especially the hall behind the pulpit. There just aren’t many lights there. Funny thing is, the vacuum’s always the noisiest when you go over the carpet in those areas. You can tell debris collects here because it’s hard to see unless you turn on a light, or shine one there, or run a vacuum. That got me thinking a few weeks back while working in one of those places. How many ‘dark corners’ do we have in our little worlds that we inhabit? You know the places. It’s all that stuff we’re talking about when we get to the section of the Sunday morning service where we confess our sins.... Keep Reading

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