Soaring is exciting. Running is impressive. But perhaps the most remarkable evidence of perseverance is to keep on walking steadily and not losing heart nor giving up until one is home. Isaiah 40:31 Podcast: Play in new window | Download
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After some harsh words regarding the need for repentance, Jesus tells a few stories about the character of God’s kingdom. Simply put, God’s plan is unfolding, growing, expanding. And though it is big enough for all who enter, the entry point is narrow. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Jesus deals with two issues that the religious establishment was getting wrong. First, they were so bound in the legalism of Judaism that they missed the gift of God in the Sabbath. Secondly, they were so bound in the legalism that they could not show love for those bound up in pain. Observance of the […]
Having embraced disciple-making as a way of life, we tune our ears to our Lord Jesus. In Luke 12:49-59 Jesus wants the people to understand the times-that there will be division, that they need to recognize him, that they need to get right with God, and that grace is extended only for a time. Many […]
Jesus calls us to love one another. American culture calls us to be independent and closed off individuals. Our sinful nature calls us to isolate ourselves and protect ourselves. To be the church means being committed to living in community with others. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Jesus says “Go make disciples” and yet discipleship remains on the fringes of the church, a job for the really serious teacher types. It’s time that changes. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Over the next four weeks we will examine some “First Principles” outlined for us in the scriptures as we understand God’s plan for the church. The first is the primal creed, “Jesus is Lord!” Though simple in wording, this creed packs a lot of theology with implications for how we function as the people of […]
As those entrusted with the mission of God and the Word of God, Christians have a great responsibility to those around us. In this passage, Jesus speaks of his return and finding his servants obedient or wanting. Would that we be attentive to the unfolding plan of God for our lives and communities. Podcast: […]
Americans are fish in an ocean of materialism such that we hardly recognize what is all around us. As Jesus speaks about wealth and want, let us be open to the conviction of the Spirit concerning our own materialism. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
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