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The Man of God

Summer is officially here.  The kids are out of school, graduations have come and gone and Jersey heat will say, “Hello!”  LOL! As to this week’s sermon, here’s an excerpt from the introduction: “The man of God” is a phase common to the Old Testament, but only found once in the New Testament.  I have found it to be a phrase uncommon to church jargon in America—at least in the circles in which I travel—but common in many foreign countries.  For instance, my dear friend Dr Samuel Verghese often—more often than not—greets me with the words, “Man of God.” … Clergy friends that...

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Family News & Father's Day

Let’s talk my wife, Sheryl’s b-day, family, and Father’s Day in lieu of this recent Father’s Day weekend.  Two Friday's ago was Eden’s day in court so to speak.  Noelle, our daughter, has had her since she was 6 days of age. All indications are she will be adopted by fall of this year.  We are blessed, and I’d like to believe she is too.  TGBTG! Last Monday was our oldest grandson’s gym show (AJ age 11).  I must tell you (as my Dad would say), he was pretty amazing. If you have a few seconds go to my Facebook page (Joseph Bruce Sofia) and watch his...

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Things God Doesn't Know

Greetings from the Adirondack Mountains in Lake George, NY! I wasn’t sure which subject line to use.  How do you word, “Contrary to traditional thought, God doesn’t know everything?” I think the gentlest approach to this subject could be worded, “Things God Doesn’t Know.”  You ask, “What are they?” The subject was provoked by a discussion at the ROTL Cabin in Cleverdale, NY, eight miles north of Lake George.  It started out as a discussion about the heart and God saying, “The heart is deceitful above all else, who can know it” (Jer17:9).  That led to the times in the Bible when God...

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God & Country

I’m not sure that I thoroughly understand the relationship between God and country, but without question there is a connection.  Listen to what King David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said in Psalm 33:12:  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance. No matter how you slice that bread, it clearly says that the LORD desires a connection between Himself and Country.  Some of our forefathers got it; I mean truly got it.  Listen to the words of James Madison the 4th President of the USA: We have staked the whole future of American...

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When Faith Transcends Doing Wrong

Greetings in the name of He who honors “faith!”  I was scheduled to preach in Pakistan (via Skype) the other day at 11am EST.  Literally, the moment we were about to air, a text came in that said, “Service dismissed due to ‘death’.”  Please pray!  The nature of the message was “disturbing.”  These were Pastor Amir’s words.  Thanks for the prayers. As to this week’s sermon, this was my post addressing the subject: "When we pursue the things of God our faith transcends wrong (HOW we do WHAT we do), and God ultimately REWARDS that act of faith." #jacob #rahab #brotherandrew #midwives #obadiah #raoulwallenberg hijackedlife.com The hash tags—Rahah the prostitute, the Hebrew...

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