Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....Keep Reading
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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?...
Wisdom isn’t really learning information and reciting information like on a test, but wisdom is drawing out the skills to navigate life well. Wisdom is to be skillful at honoring God in such a way that it produces a beautiful life. I know that is a little abstract, so lets jump into Proverbs 3 to draw out what that looks like practically to live out wisdom....
How does Jesus want us to steward 2019? This life is not our own. We have been purchased for a price (1 Corinthians 6) through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection our life belongs to Him, therefore, how can we honor God with our lives in 201...
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, "If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength." How many times do we just run into life swinging an axe and we forget to sharpen our axe? How many times do we start working on a project, but we forget to get our tools? We start working on homework and we forgot our notes. We start cooking food and we are missing an ingredient. We want to prepare! ...
Follow your passion! It is a common message you hear in the 21st century USA. Get excited and run after your dreams! It is exciting even to type that out. Find the thing you are good at today, the thing you really enjoy doing and make your life about that. I could never tell someone not to do that, but what if the thing I enjoy isn’t the thing I am good at? What if...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...Keep Reading
In Malachi 4, verse 2 we see the word, “but,” because in verse 1 the Lord says, "Behold a day of judgment is coming" but "for those who fear His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healings in its wings."...Keep Reading
In the book of Malachi we see the people in Malachi going through difficult seasons. They are being ruled by a foreign government. They are rebuilding their homes. They are restarting their economy. They are going through decades of difficulty....Keep Reading
The people in Malachi were blessed by God to enjoy His blessing and in addition bless other people. ...Keep Reading
We are studying through Malachi on Sunday morning at North Village Church, and the people in Malachi have found themselves in a place of less confidence in God’s promises....Keep Reading
Immigration is a popular topic in our culture today. There are two topics that need to be held in tension when you hear people talk about immigration, love and law....Keep Reading
In our culture today there is a hash tag going around called #metoo. The hash tag is an attempt from our culture to bring awareness to the injustice committed against women today....Keep Reading