Abortion. It is a subject that can produce a wide range of emotions. The purpose of addressing this topic is to give each side of the debate a glimpse into what the other side is thinking, not to start a debate or stir up anger. Moreover, we want to be clear that what follows is in no way intended to produce guilt or shame. The purpose of this blog is not judgment. ...Keep Reading
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Throughout the life of Jesus we see Jesus inviting us to live in His Kingdom in heaven and on earth, because there is freedom in His Kingdom. Outside of Jesus’ Kingdom there is bondage, slavery, oppression, and death, but in Jesus Kingdom there is freedom and life, and that freedom and life is eternal and completely secure in Jesus....
In Luke 9 and 10 we see Jesus describing what it is to be His new people, reconciled to the Father, indwelled with the Spirit to love their enemies, love their neighbors, take up their cross daily, and in Luke 12 it is as if Jesus is slowing it down so as to say, “We need to talk about money.”...
Historically, did you know in the 1800’s pastors in the local church in Western Europe, and the United States began to say, “We don’t really need to listen to Jesus.” The thought was that Europe and the U.S. was growing in education, which is true, and pastors thought educated people would never believe in the glorious parts of Jesus, so they literally just removed those glorious parts of Jesus from the pulpit. They removed things like the virgin birth, the miracles, the power, the transfiguration, the cross, resurrection, and simply reduced Jesus to a good role model, but in verse 35 the voice of the Father rings out, “This is My Son. My Chosen One; listen to Him.”...
What does it look like to become new people in Jesus?...
It would be easy to look at the good news of Jesus, and simply think, "Good that I know Jesus. I will just study the Bible until Jesus returns, and pray nothing horrible happens until then. But, in 1 Corinthians 15 the Apostle Paul points us to the living hope we have in Jesus. ...Keep Reading
What do you think about your body? What happens to your body when you die? Is your physical body important to the God of Scripture? In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 we see the Apostle Paul walk us through the importance of our physical bodies. ...Keep Reading
Can you imagine a time when you were completely satisfied and at peace? There is no trying to squeeze purpose out of your career, or what others think about you. No confusion about who you are, and what defines you. In the midst of all brokenness, both internally and in the world around us, God sends promise after promise that things won’t always be as they look....Keep Reading
Perhaps you have always thought the resurrection of Jesus is unbelievable, but it is just one of those things you have to take as blind faith. But, 1 Corinthians 15 is written out by the Apostle Paul as eyewitness evidence. ...Keep Reading
Do you believe there is life in Jesus? Do you believe the greatest pleasure we find in life is in Jesus? The Apostle Paul did, and in verses 1 and 2 he begins to describe how that is possible. ...Keep Reading
Don't see Sunday mornings as a day you need a "break" from morning prayer just because you are going to church. Make Sunday mornings part of your daily prayer life and use that time to pray for your own heart, your time at home, the church body, and your pastor. Each moment we aren't in scripture and prayer are moments we lose to the desires of the flesh....Keep Reading
While God’s fingerprints are all over creation, revealing to us some of His character, they were not created to bear His likeness as you and I are. Take a moment and look at your skin. Take a moment and think about the color of your eyes, the texture of your hair, the size of your feet, or the shape of your nose.Think about the parts of you that you love, whether interna...Keep Reading
Why do we spend so much time working IN our life, and completely overlook the importance of ON our life? Celebration is a huge part of our life, and we want to look for every opportunity to celebrate God's good work in our lives. ...Keep Reading
If you don’t get to exercise freedom in your own specific life, is it really worth anything? God deals with mainly individuals and not groups.The idea of personal forgiveness before God or personal judgment seen throughout the Bible is the philosophical basis for what we call individualism. If God deals with individuals, then we should deal with other people as individu...Keep Reading