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Sep
2008
Bernie Powell
  Every sermon is based on a Bible passage. And not just as a jumping-off point. No, the sermon is an exposition of that passage to show how its truth applies to our lives today. The worship service includes other Scripture readings, and those Bible truths are regularly absorbed into the prayers we lift to God. We even vet the songs we sing to make sure they faithfully represent the truth of the Bible. Some are virtually the singing of Bible texts set to music.   Children... + read more
Jul
2008
Bernie Powell
  As I write this, our region is still basking in the glory of the Boston Celtics, mighty champions of the NBA. Our Red Sox are gloriously marching toward another potential championship. And of course, we still have high hopes that the Patriots will have the post-season victory this time that matches the kind of peerless season we saw last fall. O Boston, is there any city so glorious as thee?   Yes.   The answer is clearly yes. For those who love champions,... + read more
Jun
2008
Bernie Powell
  The young minister was admonished by one of the matriarchs of a rural church: “I don’t see how you can leave us to take a vacation, pastor. You know, the devil never takes a vacation!”   “How true, sister. And you know your pastor would become just like that if he didn’t take a vacation either!”   Summer is a time ministry changes at The Fellowship, but ministry doesn’t cease. One of the great ministry opportunities... + read more
Apr
2008
Bernie Powell
  Customer: Could you show me where the self-help books are? Clerk: I'm sorry, but that would defeat the purpose.   How much should we help other people? If we help too much, will we create dependency? Questions like these come up as we walk downtown streets . . . as we try to raise teenagers . . . as we discuss public policy . . . or as we simply see a friend in need. Seen in the context of local church life, it becomes a riddle in Galatians chapter six:... + read more
Mar
2008
Bernie Powell
  Israel, camped on the banks of the Jordan, contemplated a task so big that even today it still staggers the imagination. They were going to establish a new kind of civilization, the likes of which the world had never seen. They were not merely immigrants, moving from one place to another, to be absorbed into the new locale. No, they were going to establish a civilization from top-to-bottom – families, business, diet, ecology, worship, arts, whatever – a civilization that... + read more
Feb
2008
Bernie Powell
  As the escalating Presidential campaign fills the news, we look into the faces of a half dozen or so individuals. Each of them wants to hold the most powerful position of authority in the world. We are asking ourselves how each one would use that authority.   Will authority be used to resolve the great issues of our nation and world? Or will that authority be squandered on the interests of K Street, of party and ideology, of ego? Will authority be used to continue... + read more
Jan
2008
Bernie Powell
  Variety is an understatement when it comes to our television options: newscasts, news magazines, action-drama, reality, sit-coms, cartoons, religious, sports, infomercials, nature, educational, game shows, and so on. Variety: Anything and everything. Why? Different strokes for different folks. Have you ever considered the variety we find in the Bible? There's history, letters, military battles, simple parables, genealogies, a love song, philosophy, prophecy, case law, worship... + read more

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