Midweek Wake-Up, June 26th, 2019

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In the midst of an argument between two very influential groups, the disciples and the Scribes comes one of the remarkable responses we read about in the Bible.  Commentator James Edwards describes it as one of the greatest responses in all of Scripture from an honest man, and one of the most transparent in all of Scripture.  A man who’s faith is rather imperfect, struggling, weak, and yet an honest plea for help from the only one he knows that can help him.

Midweek Wake-Up, June 12th, 2019

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It’s rather amazing how we can answer, a question, while still be somewhat off base with what the answer actually means.  Two verses after correctly answering Jesus’ question about who he is, correctly stating that “Jesus is the Messiah”, Jesus is calling Peter ‘Satan’, stating that he does not have the things of God in mind.

Midweek Wake-Up, June 6th, 2019

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Good Morning NSC!  As you begin your day, if it’s like mine, I suspect that several questions have already popped into your head.  Will this beautiful weather continue on for more than a day or two?  Will those meetings at work, derail or energize me?  Could the Raptors actually beat the Warriors?  What should I have for lunch today?  How will the children fare in their final exams this year?  Will my finances hold up for another year?

Midweek Wake-Up, May 29th, 2019

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We are in desperate need of God opening our eyes to reality. We all like to think we are living in light of reality but like the disciples who were only focusing on the very real fact that they only had one loaf of bread (Mark 8:14) we as well often have a very limited vision of reality.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 23rd, 2019

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It might seem a bit strange after reading of yet another incident of feeding a multitude of people on a hill, that perhaps the most intriguing words in Mark 8:1-13, I find to be in verse 13.  It’s here that we read “And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side”.  This comes following their request for a sign from heaven, that would finally verify his claims to be the Messiah.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 15th, 2019

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If you tuned in last week, I wrote about the spiritual battle that rages inside of us, on a daily basis, in so many areas and facets of our lives.  One of those areas, I believe, is the battle that rages when we take up God’s Word to read and delight in.

Midweek Wake-Up, May 8th, 2019

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Certain times reading Scripture, I am reminded of the intensity of the spiritual battle that you and I live in, on a daily basis.  In Mark 7, as we saw on Sunday, we see one of the rare times of agreement between Jesus and the religious leaders of his day

Midweek Wake-up, April 27th, 2019

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This week we looked at Mark 6:1-6 where Jesus returns to His hometown. He doesn’t exactly get a hero’s welcome. In fact, many were offended by Jesus.

Midweek Wake-Up, April 20th, 2019

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The woman described in Mark chapter 5: 25-34 is a social outcast who is desperate for healing, cleansing and peace. For twelve years she has been subject to continual bleeding.  In her Jewish context, this meant that she was unclean. She couldn't go to the temple to worship the living God, she couldn't enjoy normal relationships.

Midweek Wake-Up, March 14th, 2019

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There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased with both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
(C.S. Lewis preface to the Screwtape letters)

Midweek Wake-Up, February 27th, 2019

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If you were here on Sunday you heard the quote from Richard Coekin who writes: ”For God to allow someone to swap places with us is grace; for God to provide that person is amazing grace; for God to be the person who swapped places with us on the cross is grace beyond measure!

Midweek Wake-Up, February 10th, 2019

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Have you ever wondered why life can be filled with such ecstatic joy along with such deep pain and misery all at the same time?

Midweek Wake-Up, January 30th, 2019

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In 1st Kings 18, we have the famous confrontation of Elijah with the prophets of Baal.  The showdown is ultimately about their worship of Yahweh, and whether or not God’s people will remain faithful, and will remain God’s people.

Midweek Wake-Up, January 23rd, 2019

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On Sunday we heard of the infamous heretic Marcion, such a successful heretic, that he was excommunicated from the church in and around the year 144.  Marcion, the man who disregarded the Old Testament, believing it only portrayed a God of wrath and justice.

Midweek Wake-Up, January 10th, 2019

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Daily we’re reminded that in a spiritual sense, ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’, as Dorothy once stated, realizing that she had ended up in the land of Oz.  Whether it be the continual decline in church attendance, the growing rates of biblical illiteracy, or the decline in holding to any absolute truth, the signs are all around us.