Matthew is interested in the WHO of the story: ‘WE saw HIS star…’ Matthew is interested in the Ones who saw the star, and the One who sent it! And ONLY when we understand those two characters can we grasp the MEANING of the Star!Read More
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There are certainly parts of our Christian life that happen instantly...but that’s not the kind of transformation I am going to talk about this morning. There is in fact another kind of change, and we don’t like this kind of change as much. We don’t like the kind of change for which we have to wait. The transformations that takes time.Read More
And while we’d all like to get to where Bartimaeus was, sometimes that’s easier said than done. More often, we’re like the other characters in the story who have misconceptions about God that make it difficult to see beyond sight. And those misconceptions, they rob us of the abundant life God intended for us to experience.Read More
We read that, and it seems like an innocent enough question. “Jesus, what do you think about divorce?” But it was actually a loaded question. Here’s why. Because at this point in Jesus’ story, divorce laws had become very, very complicated. This was one of the questions of their time.Read More
While there are many things that positively influence the likelihood of a child carrying their faith on into adulthood, missiologists and sociologists have identified three critical things. Third on the list — making sure that in their church, kids feel the safety and freedom to ask whatever questions they have about life and love and God. The second most important factor in the faith development of children is that someone who isn’t their parent and isn’t their pastor take an interest in their spiritual life. And the very most important factor is simply this — that kids see their parents actively loving Jesus, serving their neighbors, and participating in Christian community.Read More
See in the world of scarcity everyone is a potential opponent. But when there is always enough to go around, when there is abundance, suddenly there is no longer a need to compete. There is no longer a need to label others as an enemy. When there is an abundance, you welcome people to the table.Read More
So even when we win, even when we achieve our goal and get that thing we’ve always wanted, we still don’t have what we really desire or really need….a sense of security at the core of who we are, that we are loved no matter what honor we have or what honor we don’t. Honor is a Race we lose, even if we win, because to “win” the Race for Honors is to destroy all hope of love - love of myself, love of my neighbor, love of God - love, the very thing we’re craving in the first place.Read More
Glory is a promise we are given, but it does not come without suffering and pain; however, God is loyal, trustworthy, and faithful. He knows the road is hard because he has travelled it. Be encouraged this morning that He does provide respite when the road is hard, because He’s good.Read More