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  • Hope (Advent Series)

    During Christmas, we talk about a Messiah, a King and Savior who was anointed or appointed as our deliverer. There are a lot of things that need fixing in the world – the song rightly included a whole list of things that Jesus fixed while he was on earth – but the most important thing […]

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  • The Hope of the Resurrection

    The following satirical letter to NYU has been floating around the internet for a while: IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF OUR COLLEGE TO GET TO KNOW YOU BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION  ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO […]

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  • God’s Nature: Revealed in Christ (Colossians 1:15 – 1:23)

    I am a big fan of Lebron James. But as I watched the playoffs this this last week, I thought, “Glory is hard taskmaster.” Lebron promised Miami a handful of championships, and now there is tremendous pressure on him to win. He gets high renown and honor if he performs up to expectations, but he can […]

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  • A Liturgy of Lament

    “Oh, Lord live inside me, 
Lead me on my way
 Oh, Lord in the darkness, 
Lead me on my way
 Oh, Lord heaven’s waiting
; open up your door
  Lead me home.”  – “Lead Me Home,” Jamie N. Commons ________________________________________________________________________________  Reader: As the soldiers led Jesus away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way […]

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  • Embrace Grief and Loss (Emotionally Healthy Church Part 5)

    Gerald and Lydia Sittser and their children were driving through Iowa in 1991 when a drunk driver hit them at 85 mph. Gerald lost his mother, his wife and a four-year-old child in moment. He sat beside the isolated highway and watched them die. He eventually wrote the following in a book entitled A Grace […]

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  • 1 Corinthians 11: Hair, Head Coverings, and Hope

    Who we are is not determined by history, status, or social class. In Christ, we are all free from judgment and shame.

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  • Conquering the Course of Life (1 Corinthians 7)

    In some ways, life is like a slalom course. There are sudden turns that come too fast, rough water, fatigue, sharp turns, wakes that can send you flying or flailing. Success feels fantastic, but failure hurts.  So how do we successfully navigate the slalom course of life? Rough waters show up in many ways: the […]

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  • Faith, Hope, and Love

    “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. .. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-10 “…remembering without […]

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  • Comfort One Another With These Words

    “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen […]

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  • Between Crucifixion and Resurrection: Two Kind of Roads

    (Read Part 1: “Between Crucifixion and Resurrection: A World Without God”)   ___________________________________________________________________________   In Luke Chapter 24 we see an event that takes place in the time between the death and the resurrection of Jesus A time without hope.  A time where it looked like they had been the prophets of a failed Messiah.  A time […]

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