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Phillip Dancy

Re-evaluating Success and Failure

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:10 The Guilty Burden of the Success Syndrome Most people, but 21st century Americans in particular, are...

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A Journey Through Israel: Day 5 – Holy of Holies

For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, not to appear in the presence of God for us; nor was it what He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that...

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Cultivating The Gospel Through Gardening

The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:8 Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either...

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Journey Through Israel: Day 4 – An Oasis

For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God...He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me upon my high places. (Psalm 18:31, 33) A Brief Sketch of the Day On day four our team climbed Mt. Masada. It is a place rich with historical significance,...

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The Morning The Lights Went Out

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) The Back Story for Those Not There On Sunday, April 6, at approximately 10:15 a.m., the power at Sylvania Church went out. So, about...

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Journey Through Israel: Mt. Carmel – Day 1

"It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, 'Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.' So they cried out with a loud voice and cut themselves...

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My Journey Through Israel – A Retrospective

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left desolate! For I say to...

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On The Shoulders Of Giants: My Year With Augustine

"I may venture to say that I know and unreservedly believe the doctrines pertaining to our salvation. But my difficulty is in the question how I am to use this truth in ministering to the salvation of others, seeking what is profitable not for myself alone, but for...

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The Habit of Reading As An Expression of Love

"'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Jesus - from Mark 12:30-31 Love and Goal-Setting Often, when...

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Now What? | Fooling Ourselves, Part 10

Do not enter the path of the wicked and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; turn away from it and pass on. (...) But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines down brighter and brighter until the full day....

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The Fool and His Bed | Fooling Ourselves, Part 9

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the...

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The Fool and His Money | Fooling Ourselves, Part 8

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ?I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,? (Hebrews 13:5, NASB). The Love of Money - A Tough Topic Scripture teaches that confessing...

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The Fool and His Tongue | Fooling Ourselves Part 6

The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. Proverbs 10:14 The "Unheld" Tongue The other day I had the great misfortune of hearing one of Miley Cyrus' new songs, entitled Can't Stop. One line in particular caught my attention. In the midst of...

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The Fool and His Feet | Fooling Ourselves Part 5

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. Proverbs 4:14-16...

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Would You Listen?

I am attaching a file to a sermon I listened to this morning. I am not going to tell you the young man's name. What I will tell you is this: he is not a "senior pastor", he does not yet have his seminary degree, he is in his early 20s. While not a "big-name",...

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Coronavirus Action PlanWhat's happening at Sylvania

Corporate worship will happen at 10:20am, but there will be no Sunday school, children's church, childcare during corporate worship, or Wednesday night activities for the next two weeks.