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01-17-16 Born Again to a Living Hope

We all need hope. Without hope we do not see purpose in life and are prone to just give up. Proverbs 13:12 beautifully expresses this, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” The message of the Bible is about hope, true hope which is found in God alone. When we feel dead inside, God’s living hope offers us newness of life and sustaining joy and abounding love. The message of 1 Peter is for us to be born again to a living hope.

01-10-16 Encouragement for Resident Aliens

Today we start a series on the First Letter of Peter. Written in the mid 60’s AD, Peter addresses Christians who were displaced and being persecuted for their faith. While we don’t face such a strong opposition, our culture is changing and Christian values and morals are no longer the norm and not always welcome. In any era or any place, while on earth we are exiles or resident aliens. We are sojourners on our way to our true home. This letter speaks to us.

01-03-16 Choose This Day!

Near the end of Joshua’s life he assembles all Israel and its leaders. He declares on behalf of the LORD a short history of God’s faithfulness in delivering them from bondage in Egypt, providing for them in the wilderness and securing for them the Promised Land. He then puts the challenge before them to choose whom they will serve. Joshua then affirms, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” The start of a new year is an appropriate time for us to affirm that it is the LORD we choose to serve.

12-27-15 The Significance of Blessing: Peace

The Significance of Blessing: Peace
Luke 2:22-38

Bless- to praise, glorify, speak well of, to invoke divine care
Blessing – the act or words of the one that blesses
Forty days after Jesus’ birth, Mary, Joseph and Jesus go to the Temple for the rite of purification. There they encounter Simeon and Anna and we learn important things about blessing.

12-20-15 The Weight of Wonder: Love

The Weight of Wonder: Love
Matthew 2:1-12

The wise men (magi) from the east (probably Babylon) were a class of priests, scholars, astronomers, astrologers, and advisors to the nobility. Their quest was to seek further knowledge and to express their devotion in worship. Their commitment to mind and heart teaches us to:

12-13-15 The Glory of Celebration: Joy

The Glory of Celebration: Joy
Luke 2:8-21

Every culture throughout all of time has celebrated special occasions. There are many things worthy to celebrate, expressing and completing our joy. The birth of Jesus is certainly one of the greatest events in history and meant to bring us joy.

12-06-15 The Magnitude of Miracles: Faith

The Magnitude of Miracles: Faith
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38

Miracles are not common. We sometimes call wonderful things like the birth of a baby or a splendid sunset a miracle, but they are normal occurrences. Even the reconciliation of a broken relationship is more an act of grace than a miracle. A miracle is something that happens outside of or contrary to the physical laws of nature that could only be attributed to the intervention of God. One of the most glorious miracles in the Bible is the virgin birth of Jesus.

12-06-15 The Magnitude of Miracles-Faith

The Magnitude of Miracles: Faith
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38
Miracles are not common. We sometimes call wonderful things like the birth of a baby or a splendid sunset a miracle, but they are normal occurrences. Even the reconciliation of a broken relationship is more an act of grace than a miracle. A miracle is something that happens outside of or contrary to the physical laws of nature that could only be attributed to the intervention of God. One of the most glorious miracles in the Bible is the virgin birth of Jesus.

11-29-15 The Importance of Connection-Hope

The Importance of Connection: Hope
Matthew 1:1-17
The Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’ genealogy, showing us his humanity and connection to the past. God’s purposes and timing are woven into history and perfectly carried out according to his plan.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Like Jesus, our connection to the past is important and should be understood in light of God’s plan of redemption.

11-08-15 Calling Jesus Lord-Finance

Calling Jesus Lord: Finances
In Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” To call Jesus Lord and do the will of the Father impacts everything we do and are, including our finances. Viewing and using money from God’s perspective (stewardship) liberates us spiritually and also in a very practical manner. When we respond to God’s grace with faithful stewardship, we find it: