Living What We Believe

Philippians 1:27 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. The most difficult part of being a follower of Jesus is doing what we know to do. The knowing is important, otherwise we wouldn't have a standard for behavior; but the doing is the evidence that we believe what we know. That's why claiming to be a "Christian" can be empty and baseless. Anyone can make a claim. In fact, many do. But how we live is the evidence that we are followers of … [Read more...]

Biblical Perspective

I know we were all saddened by the news of the violence in Charlottesville, VA this past week. And I believe this is a good time to affirm that we, as followers of Jesus, do not condone or in any way excuse the actions of those who promote or act in such evil ways. So with that in mind, I want to remind you of some Biblical truths which can help us remain focused upon what is most important in such troubling circumstances. In the midst of all the mess we observe around us in the world, it's … [Read more...]

Living Light (not living lite)

Light is a fascinating subject. We are drawn to light because our eyes naturally respond to light stimulus. Light is energy and, as many people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder will attest, (Is it proper to even suggest someone has a disorder these days?) light has an emotional and physiological impact which gives us energy. Light overwhelms darkness, but never the other way around. When you flip a light switch off, you're not switching on darkness, your removing the source of … [Read more...]

Looking Back

Luke 9:57-62 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go … [Read more...]

Small World…Big God

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Genesis 11 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Astronomers conservatively estimate there are between 100 and 200 BILLION galaxies in our observable universe. Our galaxy, the Milky Way is about 100,000 light year (LY) across (a light year is roughly 5.9 trillion miles). The largest known galaxy, labeled IC 1101, is so vast (5.5 million LY in diameter) it would take approximately 50 Milky Ways to span across it. These basic statistics give you some sense of how … [Read more...]

No Resurrection…No Savior

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We read in the Bible about a man named Lazarus who the scriptures tell us was a beloved friend of Jesus. Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha whom Jesus knew as well. The story of Lazarus is found in John, chapter 11 and it is significant because Lazarus became sick and died, but after he has been dead four days Jesus arrived at Bethany where Mary and Martha lived and where Lazarus was buried and performed a miracle. The narrative of the story recounts the pain and grief of Lazarus' sisters … [Read more...]

The Final Days of Jesus

The following is a chronology of the last week of Jesus' life with key verses which highlight those events. Sunday Crowds which were gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover feast heard Jesus was approaching town and went out to meet Him with palm branches which they waved and laid in his path in celebration of his arrival.           "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (John 12:13) Wednesday Two days before Passover the chief priests conspired to have Jesus … [Read more...]

First Things

Every one of us lives life according to a set of priorities; things we do first before we do anything else. These priorities may not be written down and posted on the refrigerator, but they exist. Of course, there is also a hierarchy of priorities which overrule the normal everyday priorities. For instance, it is one of our household priorities to clean the kitchen after preparing and eating a meal. No TV, no social media, or other distractions before the kitchen has been cleaned. It's a small … [Read more...]

Gifted for a Purpose

The Bible teaches that each of us is a creation of God. Even though each of us comes to be as a result of a biological process, every one of us is uniquely and divinely endowed. Each of us has been given gifts, talents and abilities. And that which God has entrusted to us is intended to be used to bring glory and attention to Him, not to ourselves. As humans who are sinful, flawed and intrinsically selfish, we often get this wrong. We mistakenly appropriate as our own that which has been … [Read more...]

Our Quiet Refuge

The last time we were together I encouraged you not to become overly distressed due to the many external noises and distractions so prevalent in our connected world. As followers of Jesus we are to be examples of good citizenship and calm reason in the midst of a world which seems to panic over relatively minor events. But what about those things which distress us which do not originate externally but from within? What about that inner crisis we often find ourselves losing sleep over and … [Read more...]

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