The Two Questions that He Keeps Asking

After the resurrection, Jesus returns to the disciples and sets his attention on Peter. You remember Peter. He’s the cussing disciple. The sword wheeling, water stumbling, denier whose tongue sprinted a few miles ahead of his brain on any given Sunday. Jesus gives the disciples a little fishing advice that produces a record catch and then Peter more »

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Saviors will Arise but…

Saviors will ascend Mount Zion to rule over the hill country of Esau, but the kingdom will be the LORD’s. Obadiah verse 21 We live among people longing for saviors. How great would it be if someone would ascend the hill and plant a flag of victory over the world’s conflict and injustice? We cry out, “Give us prosperity. Give us equality. Give us revenge against the poorly measured more »

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Prayer of a Messy Follower

Thank You Jesus… You’ve been so faithful to this messed-up follower. You restore my sanity on a weekly basis. You reach into the nothingness and give me everything I need. You’ve been far greater and more powerful than everything I’ve faced. If I did anything good, it was because of You. You have never given more »

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What Kind of Church is It?

We often categorize our churches with fancy titles: Relevant, emergent, classic, reformed, fundamentalist, traditional, contemporary, liturgical, purpose-driven etc…  The list is really endless and the subtleties of each model vary. But what kind of church are we? Really… Some churches are more like a country club, complete with secret handshakes, special membership privileges, and perks for more »

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6 Keys to Victory: Heb. 13:14-21

  1. Perspective (Verse 14)

For there is no permanent city for us here on earth; we are looking for the city which is to come.

  • How do you see your marriage partner? (Also see verse 5)
  • How do you see your money?
  • How do you see your future? (Also see verse 8)
  • How do you view your enemy?
  1. Worship (Verse 15)

Let us, then, always offer praise to God as our sacrifice through Jesus, which is the offering presented by lips that confess him as Lord.

  • Worship that is not sacrificial is just an event and a bad one at that!
  • Worship requires an investment.
  • Worship requires confession.
  1. Service (Verse 16)

Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.

(Also see verse 2)

  1. Submission (Verse 17)

Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness, and that would be of no help to you.

  • In the home
  • In the church
  • In the workplace
  1. Prayer (Verse 18)

Keep on praying for us. We are sure we have a clear conscience, because we want to do the right thing at all times.

  1. Reliance (Verse 21)

May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen.