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The Lord's Supper 2013

Posted onApril 8, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

On the evening prior to His death, the Lord Jesus Christ gathered His disciples to celebrate the Passover meal. At the heart of this ancient feast was the remembrance of God's redemption of His people from Egyptian bondage. On this night Jesus turned to the future and to His imminent redemptive death which was to fulfill not only the Passover but all previous sacrificial rites. No longer would His disciples look back to Old Testament types and shadows. From that night they would remember Him and His perfect, final sacrifice which was given for them....Keep Reading

Easter Thoughts

Posted onMarch 29, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

The resurrection of Christ is not a fable for the foolish.The resurrection of Christ is not a crutch for the weak.The resurrection of Christ is not a rabbit's foot for the superstitious....Keep Reading

Palm Sunday

Posted onMarch 24, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

The iron boot of Rome was firmly planted on the throat of the Promised Land. Israel was choking on the indignities she suffered. A deliverer seemed long overdue. Every Jewish mother hoped and prayed that she might give birth to a son who would be that deliverer. Theirs were not vain, empty hopes. God had, more that once, promised such a deliverer. Even the manner of His coming had been described. The prophet Zechariah had written, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass." Zechariah 9:9....Keep Reading

"His Last Command - Our First Concern"

Posted onMarch 17, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Sometimes the Old Testament is like a huge, dark, foreboding house. Fear and uncertainty keep us out. But, if we dare to open the door, we will find the people who live there will not only welcome us but will also find amazing similarities between the lives they lived and our own lives....Keep Reading

"Where Did It Begin and What Is It All About?"

Posted onMarch 14, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Christian missions find their origin in the heart of God. More than once the Bible affirms the truth that God sent His Son into the world. In John 3, we find those familiar and beloved words, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." The great Apostle Paul said, I/But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son. .."...Keep Reading

"Priority One"

Posted onMarch 7, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Buildings are important. Furnishings are of great consequents. Stained glass is elegant. Sound systems are valuable. Musical instruments are imperative. All these things and a host of others are designed as aids to our corporate worship. It is my conviction that we should have the very best of all these things. Yes, we could worship without them. They did in the days when the New Testament was being written. But it is still true that items like those just mentioned enhance our worship services. It is the blessing of God that we have them available to us....Keep Reading

Let’s Go Fishing!

Posted onMarch 6, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

I have discovered that fishermen are a most interesting group of people. They are more avid than golfers, which is hard to imagine! Fishermen will drown their bait, whether it be real or made of rubber. They will fish when it cold. Or when it’s hot. Or when it’s neither cold nor hot. They will fish when no one had had a bite for hours. When the water is turbulent. On any day of the week. At any time. You get the idea?...Keep Reading

Doubting Thomas - John 20:24-29

Posted onFebruary 24, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

One of the most intriguing characters of the Bible is a disciple by the name of Thomas. As long as earth exists and time continues, he will forever be referred to as “doubting Thomas.” He was a very pragmatic person. If he could not see it, he was not going to believe it. In loving and tender fashion, Jesus accommodated Thomas. He said, “Thomas, reach here your finger, and see My hands; reach here your hand and put it into My side...” When proof was evident that could be seen and touched, then Thomas believed and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God.”...Keep Reading

Are You a Discourager?

Posted onFebruary 12, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

A soldier was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the army of a foreign country. This followed a brief engagement of that army in war. The man was not discharged for treason, desertion or sleeping at his post of duty. He was accused of being a “discourager” of men....Keep Reading