Short radio reflections

  1. Blaming God
  2. Saying thanks
  3. Flow Charts 
  4. Human Depravity
  5. Counseling essentials
  6. Content
  7. Construals
  8. Evidence for God
  9. The will of God: Giving Thanks
  10. Community
  11. Debatable Matters
  12. Dress code for Church?
  13. Culture and community
  14. Enjoy Worship
  15. Favoritism
  16. Prayer
  17. A little Wad
  18. Creation
  19. Worship
  20. Get Wisdom
  21. Awesome and Awful
  22. Three relationships
  23. Men and Women
  24. End times
  25. Live an examined life
  26. Facing Divorce
  27. Help your kids prepare for marriage
  28. Broken people
  29. Should evil makes sense?
  30. A Man after God’s heart
  31. Give Thanks
  32. Fallen from Greatness
  33. Blessed (Take 5)
  34. Ecclesiology 101
  35. Leadership
  36. Does God control the weather?
  37. Appearing before Christ
  38. Blessed life
  39. Theology & Life
  40. Be encouraged
  41. Bible and an engagement ring
  42. Heart: a storage bin
  43. Heart, mind and emotions
  44. Counseling
  45. 18 year factor
  46. What do you want your Church to be? (Or, what does God say the Church is?)
  47. Antagonistic people (Warning about dangerous people)
  48. Loving another (A word from the wedding season)
  49. Leaving Your Church (Some guidelines to help you)
  50. Farewell to God (Lessons from Charles Templeton)
  51. Worldview: Can you explain a Christian worldview to others? Where would you start?
  52. Young Leaders: I am a little nervous for younger leaders going into full-time ministry.
  53. Attitude Check: Words to repeat before entering your Church.
  54. Elders: Counsel for Church leaders.
  55. Contentment: Are you discontent in your current place?
  56. Jesus (1)
  57. Jesus (2)
  58. Jesus (3)
  59. Jesus (4)
  60. Jesus (5)
  61. Jesus (6)
  62. Jesus (7)
  63. Jesus (8)
  64. Jesus (9)
  65. Jesus (10)
  66. Jesus (11)
  67. Jesus (12)
  68. Son’s first song – My Life

by Steve Cornell

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Heaven – A place beyond compare

I have friends in heaven. I am very sure they’re in a far better place, but I miss them.

I am more sure that if God allowed me 30 seconds with them, it would change how I feel about their absence.

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I have friends in heaven. I am very sure they’re in a far better place, but I miss them.

I am more sure that if God allowed me 30 seconds with them, it would change how I feel about their absence. I would come back to earth filled with gratitude for their comfort and joy. But I would still miss them. 

What is it like in heaven?

Heaven is a place of great joy. I don’t mean superficial happiness, but joy — profoundly deep joy! 

Three sources of joy in heaven

1. God’s creative work

When we observe so much beauty and glory in this world; the beauty of seasons, mountains, forests, skies, oceans, lakes and the vast number of creatures, it’s breathtakingly awesome to consider the variety, beauty, and order. Since this creation is a reflection of God’s glory (Psalms 19:1-6), one should expect the new heavens and new…

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Why? – a question we all ask

“Lord, Your Name and Renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).

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the-big-questions-quoteSome things defy explanation.

Yet we still ask “Why?”

It’s a question we feel compelled to ask. One that goes beyond the public façade we put on for others.

It looks for reasons, for purposes, for motives. Why? is a question that demands an explanation for the reason things are as they are.

  • “Why?” was a question God asked in the earliest days of human history. To Cain—“Why are you angry?” To Abraham—“Why did Sarah laugh?”
  • Moses asked, “Why is the bush not burned up?”
  • Nathan asked David, “Why have you despised the word of the Lord?”
  • Job asked, “Why did I not die at birth?”
  • Jesus repeatedly asked, “Why are you anxious?” “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye?” “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” “Why do you not believe me?”  “Why have you forsaken me?”

Why…

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MEET ME @ BARNES & NOBLE

41riFO7MGmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_WHEN? – FEBRUARY 17 (2-5 and 6-9PM)

WHAT? An 18 Year Factor open forum and book signing

WHERE? – Red Rose Commons 1700 H Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601

QUESTIONS – 18yearfactor@gmail.com

Please support this event!

Steve Cornell

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Why Pray? (10 reasons)

We make requests to God and then we wonder whether they made any difference. We ask ourselves, Is God answering my prayers? If not, why not? If he is, how is he doing it, because what’s happening isn’t quite what I asked for? Did I ask wrongly then?

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Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” kept a running dialogue with God (a sort of lament). He credited God for good things and lamented things that went wrong or that he wished were different.

In one of his well-known laments, Tevye is feeding his horse, looking up at God saying, “You made many, many poor people. I realize, of course, it’s no shame to be poor. But it’s no great honor either. Ahh, so what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?”

Then he launches into the song, “If I Were a Rich Man.” At one moment in the song, he sings, “Lord who made even lion and the lamb, You decreed I should be what I am. Would it spoil some vast eternal plan if I were a wealthy man?!”

In another lament, Tevye sits dejected by the side of the road with his lame…

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Resource for you (or group use)!

Two-month devotional guide – “Meeting God in His Word– 

Meeting God in His Word is a reachable two-month guide that could change your life. It’s also a great gift for someone you care about! It’s a 15-minute plan for each day.

Here’s how it works

Meeting God in His Word

Step 1 – First five minutes… in praise and giving thanks

It’s best to enter God’s presence with praise and thankfulness. We honor God by declaring His greatness: “Father in heaven, your name is exalted, and you are worthy of praise. Today, I praise you because you are the only true God. I specifically praise you because of your:

Focus on one attribute each day (a long list of attributes is provided)

  • Love: sacrificial giving for my benefit
  • Mercy: withholding the judgment I deserve
  • Grace: goodness to me when I only deserve judgment.
  • Patience: bearing with disobedient creatures like me
  • Kindness: thoughtful actions for my good
  • Faithfulness: loyalty and trustworthiness
  • Holiness: complete uniqueness and separation from sin
  • Power: your ability to do all things
  • Salvation: provider of forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Sovereignty: absolute authority and rule over your creation

“I praise you for salvation through my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus alone, I come to you. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is your gift of love to me as an unworthy sinner. I thank you that through Jesus I have been…

  • Forgiven of my sins
  • Justified in your sight
  • Reconciled to you
  • Adopted as your child
  • Given the Holy Spirit who lives in me
  • United with the body of Christ, the Church
  • Assured a home in heaven”

“I acknowledge that (apart from Jesus as my Savior), I am unworthy of you and your love. I ask you to teach me how to live a life that pleases you. Open my eyes to see and my ears to hear as I enter your Word. I humbly ask you to use your Word in my life to change me more into your likeness.”

Step 2 – Second five minutesspecific Scriptures

Carefully read the chosen verses and underline keywords or phrases

Consider the following example.

John 14:1-3

“Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (NLT)

The underlined words and phrases are the ones that make connections with your life.

Re-read the verses several times and pause to think about the words and phrases you underlined. Think about ways that these words connect with your walk with God.

Step 3 – Final five minutes… responding to God through His Word          

Talk to God about the connections you’re making in the words and phrases. Perhaps one or two key ideas speak to your walk with God in deeply needed ways. In the passage above, we could talk to God about our tendency to be troubled or our need to grow in our trust in God’s plan for us. We could also thank God for giving us assurance for our future. We could tell him how much we look forward to being in that place Jesus is preparing for us. Finally, through this Scripture, we could express our longing to always be with our Savior.

TWO DAILY EXAMPLES

Meeting God in His Word

Date __________

Time __________ 

Scripture

Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

  • 5 Minutes of Praise and Giving Thanks

 

  • 5 Minutes in the Word (underline key-words and phrases)

 

  • 5 Minutes Responding to God through His Word (focus on the underlined parts)

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 Meeting God in His Word

Date __________

Time __________ 

Scripture

Romans 5:8-10 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” 

  • 5 Minutes of Praise and Giving Thanks

 

  •  5 Minutes in the Word (Underline keywords and phrases)

 

  • 5 Minutes Responding to God through His Word (Focus on the underlined words)

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Order Today!

Purchase a 5×7 nicely spiral bound copy ofMeeting God in His Word” (with two months of the examples above 70 pages). Send your name and mailing address to s.cornell@millersvillebiblechurch.org

Great for use with other people! We ask $ 8.00 each to cover production and mailing costs. A bill will be enclosed with the book/s you order.

Steve Cornell 

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Begin early the process of dying

Is it wise to begin early the process of dying? Should it be part of the maturing process as a follower of Christ? How can we be ready for the end of our journey on earth?

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sunrise-c.jpgWe (in most western cultures) are more insulated from suffering and death than any previous people (and we like it that way).

Aging parents are no longer completing their final days in our homes. We visit our elderly in convalescent facilities and hospitals We prefer not to allow the realities of suffering and death to be part of the ongoing experience of life.

Previous generations welcomed aging parents into their homes to finish their time on earth. This came with hardships and sacrifices, but it also educated young people in what earlier generations called, “The art of dying well.”

It’s one thing to teach loved ones how to live well; another, to teach them how to die.

A wise teacher once said, “Death is the destiny of every person and the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2).

We cannot deny or escape the universal truth “From dust we…

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