Mar 2, 2015

No Trespassing!

Matthew 6:12
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us first to pray for “daily bread” and then right after to pray for the “forgiveness of sins.” Jesus wants us to connect the two and understand that life is both a physical and a moral experience. We need to be as hungry for...Read more +
Mar 1, 2015

Faithful Stewardship

Matthew 25:14-30
It’s easy to label ambition as destructive when the focus is on our individual gain and success, often at the expense of ignoring our neighbors and our community. But ambition isn’t about our personal goals and gain. It’s not about success. It’s about stewardship. American culture values a strong, individual...Read more +
Feb 28, 2015

Minimizing Risk to Maximize Comfort

Luke 9:1-6
I was a Girl Scout during my younger years. I learned a great deal through my experiences with scouting. One key lesson I learned was to always be prepared . Being prepared and accurately calculating risks are two abilities that are highly valued in our culture. Minimizing risk in order...Read more +
Feb 27, 2015

Why Were You Born?

Romans 3:23-26
For the past three days, we’ve been talking about God’s invitation to Abraham in Genesis 17. Abraham discovers why he was created, what his purpose is, and his future destiny. The great American writer Mark Twain supposedly said, “The two most important days of our life are the day we...Read more +
Feb 26, 2015

A Life of Purpose and Meaning

Genesis 17:1-2
In the opening verses of Genesis chapter seventeen, God extends to Abraham a stunning offer of redemption: to restore lost intimacy, integrity, and influence. Yesterday, we talked about how God invited Abraham to a new life of intimacy and a new life of integrity. Finally, God invites Abraham to a...Read more +
Feb 25, 2015

A New Level of Integrity with God

Genesis 17:1-2
In the opening verses of Genesis chapter seventeen, God extends to Abraham a stunning offer of redemption: to restore lost intimacy, integrity, and influence. Yesterday, we talked about how God invited Abraham to a new life of intimacy. God also invites Abraham to a new life of integrity. God says...Read more +
Feb 24, 2015

A New Level of Intimacy with God

Genesis 17:1-2
What will God do about his broken Humpty Dumpty world? The good news is that God decides to redeem rather than obliterate his disfigured and disintegrated creation masterpiece. God sets out a plan to preserve a remnant and redeem his broken world. God extends grace to a man named Noah...Read more +
Feb 23, 2015

The Life We Long to Live

Genesis 3:8-13
As a young boy, I remember my mom introducing me to an egg-shaped character by the strange name of Humpty Dumpty. The words of this popular nursery rhyme still echo through my mind. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and...Read more +
Feb 22, 2015

The Price of Risk and Reward

Matthew 4:18-22
As a wide-eyed 20-year-old new believer, I was ready to conquer the world. I was also a young woman on the verge of becoming a young professional. Because of this, during a conference I attended, I listened attentively to Luci Swindoll, an incredibly wise Christian woman. Luci’s resume is noteworthy...Read more +
Feb 21, 2015

An Imperishable Inheritance

1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the beginning of this week, we reviewed 1 Corinthians 7:17 and 24, in which Paul instructed the Corinthian parishioners to “lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him,” and to “remain in the situation God called him to.” Paul, it seems, was encouraging the members of the...Read more +

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