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The Fine Print of Faith

We recently signed a new mortgage on property we were buying. The real estate attorney came over and, for a solid hour, he shoved papers at us to sign. I have copies of the paper mound we signed but we’re still clueless about what fine print said. We know it contains explicit instructions and details […]

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The Culture of Confrontation

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Matthew 10:16.   All we have to do is turn on TV, or pick up a newspaper and read the front page. What we see and read about is a culture saturated by confrontation. Spouses confronting each other, kids confronting their parents, teachers, […]

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Graduation Day

Jesus sent the twelve out after instructing them.” Matthew 10:5a   Talk about a life change! Twelve disciples had been coat-tailing Jesus for three years, marveling at His compassion, His power, His miracles and His teaching. Matthew 9:35-36 says, “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the […]

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Radical Sacrifice

This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13.   Sacrificial love has gone out of fashion today. We read heartwarming stories of people doing wonderful things for others, usually in […]

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The Task At Hand

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples…” Matthew 28:18,19a   The command was simple. “Go.” It was Christ’s last. His teaching on earth was complete. His mission finished.Crucified, dead, buried and risen to eternal life. And the word He wanted to leave with His disciples […]

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Can You See It?

It’s out there. It’s waiting for you to recognize it, then commit your life to following it. The “it” is God’s vision for your life. Would your family and friends and neighbors and co-workers say you’ve caught it? His vision for each of our lives is light years away from anything we could think or […]

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Keeping a Core Focus

Gearl Spicer asks the question, do you have a hard time keeping commitments? Keeping a core focus on Christ allows us to keep commitments. This sixth sermon in the Faithful series helps us learn that as CORE believers we can live in a way that allows us to keep commitments and to accomplish our eternal […]

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God Pleasers

“…just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 What do we do to please other people? Many folks wear masks. They walk into church or a crowd or their workplace smiling and glad-handing […]

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Five-Or-Two-Talent Servants

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells the parable of a landowner who goes away and entrusts three slaves with his possessions according to their own abilities; one with five talents, one with two talents and one with only one talent. When he returns the slaves with five and two talents invested them and returned the talents […]

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Celebration!

“But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the tribes of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 Even in the Old Testament we read signs of the coming of Christ. The Old Testament signs even […]

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Christmas at OHC

Christmas 2011 Dear One Heart family and friends, This Sunday we return to our regular schedule with services at 9:30 and 10:50! Please remember to be present at your respective service. As we move towards the Christmas season I want to make sure we don’t forget to be present each week. On Sunday–WAKE UP, STEP […]

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Hitting the Wall

” . . .the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.” Joshua 6:20b Have you ever hit a wall in your life? A better question might be how many walls have you […]

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Markers

Let this be a sign among you so that when your children ask later, saying, “What do these stones mean to you? Then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan; when it crossed the […]

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Taking the First Step

Those of us who have had children remember baby’s first step. We practiced walking with them. They gripped our finger with their tiny hands. We walked. They held on. Eventually, we dropped one hand and walked some more. Then we wriggled our other hand loose from their tight little fist. The child wobbled tentatively. They […]

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God Can Use Anyone

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a harlot, whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.” Joshua 2:1 God can use anyone What qualifies us to be of service to God? As […]

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Working – God’s Way

In all labor there is profit; but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 In our culture Labor Day marks the official end of summer. The tourist season slows, women decide not to wear white any more, and football season usually kicks off during the Labor Day weekend. It’s a time to honor our […]

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Are You Ready?

“All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.” Joshua 1:16b When we prepare for a family vacation, getting ready becomes a major project. Then once we drive off we spend part of the trip asking ourselves, “Are we ready?” “Did we forget anything?” It haunts us […]

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Joshua in Charge

“Moses, my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross the Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel.” Joshua 1:2. God doesn’t mince words or waste time. His command to Joshua to take over from Moses the leadership of His people was direct […]

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Transformed

Transformed – The Amazing Journey to Victory One of the most amazing things about life is the way God meets us where we are and takes us to places we only dreamed of before meeting Him.  As a church we witness the amazing ways God chooses to bless us as we are being transformed by […]

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What Will Last?

“For he [we] will never be shaken; the righteous will live forever.” Psalm 112:6 Do you have anything that will last? If you visit any dump site you’ll discover lots of plastic bags among the refuge. We throw away used plastic bags, but we don’t get rid of them. Scientists tell us plastic we don’t […]

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VBS Week

It is Vacation Bible School Week at One Heart. Would you join me in praying for great blessings in the lives of our children. It’s going to be a great week. Don’t miss this coming Sunday—it’s going to be a great day as we embark on a great summer. Yesterday—I shared about my dear friend […]

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Trust in the Lord

A friend and I were flying across country recently. My friend was not a strong believer. High over Kansas I asked him, “What is the pilot’s name on this flight?” “I don’t know,” my friend responded. “Do you know where he went to flight school?” “Of course not,” he came back. “Do you know whether […]

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Your Legacy

What will our legacy be? “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” Psalm 16:6 “You have made known to me the path of life.” Psalm 16:11 How will your loved ones remember you? At most funerals we hear wonderful things about the deceased, whether they’re true or not. But when the casket’s […]

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Our Biggest Battlefield

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not from the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought […]

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May 14 and 15

I trust all is well in your life this week. I’m truly blessed as I think about all that God is up to at OHC. Our church is making a difference here and around the world. We are living out our vision to be- Authentic followers of Jesus, committed to impacting our world. I’m confident […]

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Place Workshop

Easter 2011 has been celebrated! What a glorious celebration of the Resurrection of our blessed Savior. I am glad you were here and to see many of you accompanied by family or friends or neighbors or associates. It was a GREAT day! Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection has given us life. A Resurrection life that we […]

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Easter 2011 is Upon Us!

Dear One Heart family and friends, Easter 2011 is upon us! The glorious celebration of the Resurrection of our blessed Savior. There is no greater day to be in His house than the day we gather to declare together HE IS RISEN! I’m thrilled by all the reports I’m hearing of folks inviting their friends, […]

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How Heavy is Your Cross?

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side and Jesus in between. John 19:17-18. Easter is a time we remember the sacrifice […]

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Do You Get the Message?

“Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–this man delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” Acts […]

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Peace

Every Miss America hopeful since the contest began tells the world her goal in life is to see world peace. That phrase is an oxymoron, like dull roar, or express mail. The two are mutually exclusive. Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world […]

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Are You Prepared?

“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.” John 16:1 You cannot completely prepare for a tsunami or an earthquake. There is a need for “higher ground.” There is a need for “shelter from the storm.” Without advance warning to evacuate the area, the destruction roars across the […]

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Coming in March

It has been a few weeks since I last wrote and it’s amazing how much has changed. At one moment we found ourselves in the middle of winter and now we feel the breeze of spring. Isn’t that just like life? We are moving along in a difficult chapter and all of a sudden we […]

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A New Challenge

Dear One Heart Family and Friends, I rejoice in all I see God doing in our midst! Yesterday we experienced another great day in His house. Usually I write and encourage your participation in the many exciting activities at OHC but today I want to simply challenge you as we move toward the end of […]

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Cabin Fever

Dear One Heart family and friends—Has cabin fever hit you yet? What an unusual week to live in Atlanta, Georgia! I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m confident I’ve never read so many students express a desire to go back to school! I have the perfect solution for this fever—a melt off over the […]

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One Service Sunday

Dear OHC family and friends, These two weeks of mission work have been so rewarding. I’ll be back Sunday, November 21st, to share with you some of the amazing testimonies of how God has moved. I’m so thankful for your prayers and love. I’m so grateful our church is focused on impacting the world. Don’t […]

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The Mission Field

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13. In a large local church a huge sign spans three sets of exit doors. As members of the congregation leave the […]

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Evaluate Your Heart

“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31. The bottle of cough syrup medication carried this prominent label: “Shake well before using.” We had to shake the bottle […]

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God of Second Chances

“Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?” 2 Thessalonians 2:5 Most everyone has received a second chance at something in life. When we bruise relationships loving people are often willing to forgive us for a second chance. Our children are often the most willing to […]

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3-4-ONE@5 This Sunday

Dear OHC Family and Friends, We are now entering our very special three week emphasis on 3-4-ONE@ 5! This three Sunday emphasis gives us the opportunity to highlight three wonderful areas of our ministry and rejoice in His blessings over these last five years. Let me remind you that we are asking you to be present […]

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Only Believe

Only Believe The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the […]

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Never Give Up

Finally, then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk) that you excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Brother Gearl’s’ message Sunday had an underlying theme: Don’t give up. When […]

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Fall Faithfulness

The Fall is coming Dear OHC family and friends We experienced this weekend the beginning of Fall as the temperatures dropped and the breeze began to blow.  It is an exciting time of the year that refreshes us and reminds us that with every change come new opportunities. I wanted to remind you that this […]

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A Precious Gift

If you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of […]

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Cross Examination

The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God […]

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Life Changing Faith

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Someone who is balanced knows how […]

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Rebuild Those Walls!

Whose idea was it to rebuild the Jerusalem wall? “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most […]

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Ministry Opportunities

Dear One Heart Family and Friends, This past Sunday was totally awesome! I have spoken with many of the visitors and they loved OHC. This fall is going to be great! We have some very important ministry opportunities coming up for OHC. First, We are blessed to host a special simulcast of the Beth Moore […]

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Passion’s Reach

“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.” Acts 12:5 “But when Pricilla and Aquila heard him,  they took him aside and explained to him the ways of God more accurately.”  Acts 18:26. How could a story told at a class reunion in […]

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