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July 8, 2015

Called to Stand Out

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  James 2:18 In the lessons for next week we see three examples of believers whose faith was visible to the world. Amos was called to speak […]

July 7, 2015

What is Jesus Worth to You?

 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she […]

July 7, 2015

A Guaranteed Inheritance

Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 1:3-14 Wait. You’re telling me that the Holy Spirit is like “money in the bank”? Actually, yes. That’s exactly […]

April 22, 2015

Our Comfort Here and Now

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  John 20:21-22 Looking for a story that would help us see the meaning of Easter, I […]

April 22, 2015

Jesus Came…

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came…  John 20:19-31 This text is referring to the day of Easter, when the news about Jesus’ rising was still new. The disciples had heard from others that Jesus had risen, but they […]

April 20, 2015

Something More Precious

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life… we proclaim also to you… 1 John 1:1:2:2 I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, but I have only looked at […]

April 20, 2015

Of One Heart and Soul

Now the full number of those who believed was of one heart and soul… And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus…  Acts 4:32-35 Great events have a way of bringing people together and focusing all their minds on one great purpose. After Pearl Harbor the entire […]

March 30, 2015

What Do You Expect to Find?

Easter Sunday Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. It’s Easter Sunday at last! It is the end of a long, dark week. We’ve followed Jesus through scenes of conflict, foreboding, accusation, torment, death, and sorrowful waiting. […]

March 30, 2015

In Silence

Holy Week: Saturday Once again there is no Scripture for this day. Saturday was a day of silence among those who had loved Jesus. The Sabbath began with the appearance of the first star at sunset on Friday evening. Jesus’ friends and disciples had scattered. They were in hiding in the homes of friends, or […]

March 30, 2015

Let Me Never Forget This Day

Holy Week: Good Friday After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Did you sleep last night? After a good meal – perhaps after attending worship on Maundy Thursday evening, you climbed into bed and found the rest […]

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