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01-31-16 Prepare Your Minds for Action

Everything about our bodies suggests we are made for action. We want to make sure that our actions are focused correctly so that we are living as faithful disciples of Jesus. In order to do this, we need to prepare our minds and be alert and ready, because our decisions direct our actions.

01-24-16 Things into which Angels Long to Look

In the preceding verses, Peter talks about hope that is found in God and obtains salvation for our souls. He then focuses on how salvation was revealed through the scriptures. My aim is to have us connect salvation to God’s word; honor, respect and delight in God’s word; and know, study and obey God’s word. For in scripture we see the glory of Christ and God’s offer of grace, hope and joy. It is these things into which angels long to look!

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.