Tag: Jesus


23
May 2018

Join us Sunday mornings as we explore popular sayings that miss the point. They are simple phrases, such as: Everything happens for a reason God helps those who help themselves Love the sinner, hate the sin and others. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard them.  Maybe we’ve even said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Discover the whole truth by comparing Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture.1 From 10:00 – 10:30 am......

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01
May 2018
Love is Connecting the Dots

  I love God. I don’t just believe in God. I love God. And I’m pretty certain that love is more important than belief. After all, one of the most significant and celebrated passages of the Hebrew Bible (which Jesus quoted when asked about the greatest commandment) is Deuteronomy 6:4-5… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV) Yet even on the best of days, I tend to question my love for God. I ask myself, How do I......

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19
Apr 2018
A Little Behind

My sixth month reading plan is looking more like 7 to 8 month reading through the Bible now.  I confess that I have gotten a little off track over the past few weeks. However, my commitment remains and my journey continues.  Today, we move into the fourth gospel. After reading the first couple chapters of John, here are a few things I’ve noticed: The Word became flesh and called his disciples!  John wastes no time.  We have this great philosophical beginning, the preaching of John the Baptist and then bam-John sees Jesus......

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13
Mar 2018
Luke--From Fear to Praise

For those reading through the New Testament together, how is it going?  What are you learning/re-learning by going through the book of Luke?  How are you being changed? I have made it through the first 8 chapters of Luke.  I realize that I have missed out on a lot of Luke’s passages before.  We dwell a lot of the popular stories of Luke such as the stories of Jesus’ birth, Jesus as a boy in the temple, John the Baptist, the temptation in the wilderness, and the healings.  As I have begun......

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20
Feb 2018
Mark raises questions

I have now finished the first 11 chapters of Mark.  Re-reading the gospel of Mark is leaving me with more questions.   Some points that Mark makes are leaving me confused or wanting to know more.  Some things are standing out to me that I had never paid attention to before.  Here are some of the thoughts and questions I have had over the last few days. Mark’s chronology of events in Jesus’ life are interesting.  Mark seems to jump around. For instance, in Mark 9-10, we go from the Transfiguration to teaching......

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19
Feb 2018
A Lent of Serving

“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.” On Sunday, Pastor Jason challenged us to see this Lenten season as an opportunity.  During this season of self-reflection and repentance we are asking you to consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.  We encounter people everyday that are hungry, thirsty, homeless, and......

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12
Feb 2018
Talitha cum

He took her by the hand and said to her “Talitha cum”, which means “Little girl, get up!” There are so many new things that stood out to me this time I read this story from Mark 5.  The fact is, there are not many accounts of Jesus healing children.  We know Jesus’ love of children and he taught us how important they are in the Kingdom of Heaven.  But, we only get a handful of one of one experiences with children and this is one of them. The image from this......

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05
Feb 2018
Matthew and Mark

I have just begun the book of Mark.  Whoah!!  The differences between the two gospels stand out immediately.  Have you noticed them as drastically this time, too? Here are a couple of my observations after re-reading the first chapter of Mark. Mark doesn’t have a birth narrative. Mark’s gospel assumes that we have already heard of Jesus.  He does not spend time building up Jesus’ credibility like the gospel of Matthew.   Mark doesn’t spend as much time on details…he gets straight to the point. Because Mark proclaims Jesus’ authority upfront, Jesus jumps......

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29
Jan 2018
You serve, you are great!

Technically, I am on day 19 on the reading plan (Matthew 22).  We are moving right along.  Just a few more days in the gospel of Matthew.  But today, I want to reflect on words from Matthew 20 that spoke loudly to me when I read it this time. In Matthew 20:20, Jesus is approached by the mother of James and John. She asks him to make a special spot on each side of him for her sons in his kingdom.  Jesus tells her that isn’t really his responsibility.  And then the......

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22
Jan 2018
A Rocky Relationship

All lovers of contemporary Christian artist from the 80s and 90s, Sandy Patti, this one’s for you!  As I was reading Jesus’ words to Peter in Matthew 16:17-18, I couldn’t help but start humming her song “Upon this Rock“.  I read a few more verses and then I came back to v. 17-18.  And even as I finished chapter 16, I kept coming back to Jesus’ words “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Those are......

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