Change The World

Change the world.   Isn’t that really what we want to do?   Don’t we see so much evil, so much wrong in the world?  There really is so much we would want to change. Jesus referred to James and John as the “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17).   Why?  Because maybe more than any […]

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Denial University

Human pain is the great unifier.  We all have pain in common.  It’s a part of our solidarity.  To be human is to hurt.   But in our pain, we always look to find our way to Jesus, because if you can get to Jesus everything is going to be alright, amen!! God in Christ […]

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Desiring mercy, not sacrifice

In my message a couple days ago about Jesus being “perfect theology”, I asked the question “does God shun sinners?” To which I answer emphatically NO, he welcomes them. There are many “proof texts” I could use, but the one that comes quickest to mind for me is this from Matthew – But when he […]

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Hail Caesar!

Looking at Romans 13, which is really a continuation of Romans chapter 12 with a very unfortunate chapter break thrown in. Very unfortunate because it leaves Romans 13 on an island by itself, with no context, when clearly the context for chapter 13 is chapter 12, which we looked at the other day, Paul distilling […]

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Losing our Souls

The genealogy of Jesus.  You can’t even begin the New Testament without at least skimming it, putting our best speed reading glasses on and plowing straight through.  At least we might pretend to plow through.  If you’re like me, you might read through, get to the end of it, then wonder if you even read […]

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Let It Burn??

Looking at a prayer of discipleship to Jesus from the Psalms. On trusting in the Lord as our teacher… To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you […]

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Audience of One

No messages the past two days, these two days have possibly been my two worst since beginning my walk with the Lord about 2 1/2 years ago. I began to write this particular message Tuesday morning, and the passage was just screaming at me. I could not write. My spirit was (and really still is) […]

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Just Daydreaming

Back in the Sermon on the Mount today, continuing to trace Jesus’ teaching on what it means to be living in the Kingdom of God. Jesus began by holding up the Old Testament teaching of the law regarding anger, which says, simply, don’t murder anyone. Of course, we bring about all kinds of misery in […]

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Male and Female

Sometimes I read things and it just makes me stop and think. About a month ago my pastor recommended for the church to read a book by Dr. James Garlow titled “Well versed – biblical answers to today’s tough issues.” He had copies available to take, so I took one. I’m still reading the book, […]

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