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  • Baptized Into Death – And Life

    I have a short list of things in the Bible that seem unusual to us today that need a context in order for us to understand. 1. The woman washing Jesus’ feet with a tear bottle (Luke 7) Context: In the first century, tear bottles were sealed shut and kept prominently, then buried with you […]

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  • The Training Field Of Grace (Titus 2:11-15)

    We have cause to celebrate because the grace of God has appeared, offering the gift of salvation to all people. Grace arrives with its own training instruction: run away from anything that leads us away from God; abandon the lusts and passions of this world; live life now in this age with awareness and self-control, doing the right thing and keeping yourselves […]

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  • THE PURE AND THE POLLUTED (Titus 1:1-15)

    A little background on Crete is in order as begin our series on the book of Titus. Most of the people there came from a mercenary background. Violence, greed and sexual corruption were everywhere. When Paul said that all Cretans were liars, he was quoting a Cretan writer named Epimenides who said that about his […]

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  • Free Indeed

    "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Gal. 5:1) “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) "Then you will know the truth, and the […]

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  • Free – From Saving Ourselves

    We talked last week about being set free from the eternal penalty and the power of sin because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. When we give our lives to following and serving Jesus, we are no longer slaves to sin, chained to our vices and doomed to patterns or lifestyles of sinful failure. But, even […]

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  • Free – From The Penalty And Power Of Sin

    Over and over in the opening of Genesis, we read that God created and declared  the world ‘good’ (towb, good in the widest sense; some would say it meant the world was prepared or completed,). As opposed to other ancient creation stories where everything was created by an act of violence, this was an act […]

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  • From The Great Physician To The Great Commission (Part 5)

    A Labor Foreign Secretary (1966-68) named George Brown got this response from another guest at a diplomatic reception: “I shall not dance with you for three reasons. First, because you are drunk, second, because this is not a waltz but the Peruvian national anthem and third, because I am not a beautiful lady in red; […]

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  • From The Great Physician To The Great Commission (Part 3)

    Here is today’s leading question: how do we reorder our loves and experience what David called ‘the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’ (Psalm 27:13)? I would like to offer general principles about what I think is the God-ordained path by which our hearts flourish in their new life – and […]

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  • From The Great Physician To The Great Commission (Part 2)

    The classic vampire claim is that they can’t come into your house until you let them.  Kept outside, they can do nothing. Left inside, they will drain your life.  Though Hollywood has turned most vampire stories into gory bloodbaths, this wasn’t always the case. Some of the earliest stories (such as Bram Stoker’s classic work) […]

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  • From The Great Physician To The Great Commission (Part 1)

    While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax […]

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