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.

Midweek Wake-Up, January 3rd, 2019

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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!

Midweek Wake-Up, December 19th, 2018

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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.

Midweek Wake-Up, December 12th, 2018

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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.

Midweek Wake-Up, December 6th, 2018

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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.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 28th, 2018

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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.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 15th, 2018

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Jesus never, ever smiled.  Nor did Jesus ever laugh.

That was the sincere opinion of a friend and fellow theology student - Colin.

Midweek Wake-Up, November 7th, 2018

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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.”