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Sermon Audio Online!

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It's what you've been waiting for!

Listen to Sunday's sermon online!  Soon there will be a permanent player on the blog page, until then you can listen by navigating the player below, or you can visit http://www.sermon.net/blissfieldeumc.  In the future, the player will be available on our church website as well http://www.emmanuel-godwithus.org.

Every Last Drop - Getting the Most out of Bible Study

Recently I have discovered the joy of eating a fresh pomegranate.  To those who have experienced the satisfaction of successfully retrieving the juicy and succulent juice-packed seeds that form the "meat" of a pomegranate know that every last drop of pomegranate goodness is intently pursued with a great deal of attention given to the preparation of the delicious fruit for eating.

What if studying the Bible was like preparing and eating a pomegranate?  I mean, what if we pursued the "juicy seeds" of Scripture with the same passion and determination as we do for that last drop of juice from our favorite fruit?  Of course, to find out you will just have to come to church on Sunday! (or you can read my sermon outline here).

In the mean time, take a look at these seven reasons to study Scripture:

By studying the Bible:

We receive confirmation of God's promises through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:11-14)We are given life purpose and a foundation (Psalm 1:1-6,  Psalm …

Give Me That Good 'Ol Berean Bible Study!

I love Mountain Dew, it's great stuff (and helps a bit in the ADD department).  I also remember some of the old Mountain Dew commercials, "give me that good 'ol Mountain Dew yeee haaw!"  I think we all reminisce on things like that and wish that we could have that feeling all over again.  As I read over Acts 17:10-15 and the Bereans' response to the preached Word, I can't help but think "I want that Berean spirit when I read the Word".  

This week our church is going to be starting a Bible reading campaign in an effort to read through the entire Bible in a year.  In an effort to encourage this, I am preaching on how we can benefit from reading and studying the Scriptures as well as the importance of reading Scripture in the life of a Christian.  It is my hope that from this, people will receive the Word "with great eagerness" (Acts 17:11) and will learn to examine the Scriptures with passion, just as the Bereans.
How is your personal Bible s…