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Written by: Joey Sanchez on: March 27, 2019
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.
Written by: Andy Porter on: March 20, 2019
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.
Written by: Andy Porter on: March 14, 2019
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)
Written by: Al Letkeman on: February 27, 2019
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!
Written by: Al Letkeman on: February 13, 2019
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?
Written by: Al Letkeman on: January 30, 2019
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.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: January 23, 2019
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.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: January 10, 2019
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.
Written by: Andy Porter on: January 3, 2019
No wonder the disciples were more terrified after the tumultuous storm was calmed by Jesus then than they were when the storm raged (Mark 4:41). After all, it was one thing to be in the boat with a life-threatening storm raging against it, but another thing altogether to be sharing that boat with the man who was in complete control of the storm!
Written by: Jason Friesen on: December 19, 2018
On Sunday, I spoke from Mark 4. Jesus talks about a lamp that is being revealed, and I spoke about how this lamp is Jesus and the coming kingdom of God. The challenge for us as Christians is to reflect the light of Jesus well.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: December 12, 2018
Nothing has changed over 2000 years. People responded to Jesus in very diverse ways. Back then, everyone was in awe of his power to heal or his command over violent storms. People were intrigued by his authority to teach. Others were amazed at his authority over evil.
Written by: Joey Sanchez on: December 6, 2018
We were reminded through the mouths of some of our children on Sunday, that 700 years before Christ came to this world, ‘the mountain of the house of the Lord would be established……and all the nations shall flow to it’ (Isaiah 2:2). Yet ever since Jesus came, we have attempted to redefine him and his church.
Written by: Al Letkeman on: November 28, 2018
I wonder if at the undercurrent of much of our thoughts each morning as we awake is the struggle between what I want and what I most need. If you’ve never wrestled with this, then I simply invite you into the anguish of my own soul this morning.
Written by: Joey Sanchez on: November 15, 2018
Jesus never, ever smiled. Nor did Jesus ever laugh.
That was the sincere opinion of a friend and fellow theology student - Colin.
Written by: Joey Sanchez on: November 8, 2018
Responding to Rosario Butterfield’s latest book “The Gospel Comes With a House Key”, UK pastor Sam Allberry writes the following: “hospitality is one of the most overlooked or misunderstood commands in Scripture. We either ignore it or mistake it for what our culture calls ‘entertaining’…..hospitality pulses with the beating heart of the gospel itself. We know a God who sought us out, took us in, made us family, and seated us at his table….I wonder how different our homes, churches and culture would look if we took it to heart.”