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Matthew 26- More Than a Slap in the Face

This morning I was reading Matthew 26, the account of Jesus’ arrest and trial before the high priest, scribes, and elders. We are most aware of Jesus’ crucifixion and the visuals of the nails, the cross, and the crown of thorns; they are both familiar and precious to us, especially during this season of the...

March 29, 2013March 29, 2013by
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Our Hairs Have Been Numbered

Maybe it is because I am in desperate need of a haircut, but I have been completely glued to Matthew 10:30 for the past few weeks: “But the very hairs of your head are numbered.” It’s a verse that I have heard read and quoted many, many times. I have to confess though; I have...

March 26, 2013March 26, 2013by
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Hebrews Study 12:25-13:25 “Him Who Speaks”

The end of the book of Hebrews does not only finish the matter of Jesus’ supremacy it actually brings the letter full circle. The author began His letter by writing “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by...

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“Bad” Decisions?

Like most people I have made plenty of bad decisions. Some are now funny to look back upon like bad haircuts and fashion statements (I once proudly wore a mint green “Miami Vice” style sports jacket); some were painful, like asking not to get Novocain before a filling because of my fear of needles or...

February 13, 2013February 13, 2013by
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Hebrews Study 12:5-24 “Disciplined for a New Covenant”

In our last class we started chapter 12. The first few verses show us that the examples of faith that have come before us are to spur us to take off every weight and every sin and to run this race concentrating always on Jesus. When we concentrate on Jesus, when we choose to make...

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Hebrews Study: 12:1-4 “Looking Unto Jesus . . .”

I once had a friend tell me that he believed that the eleventh chapter of Hebrews was completely parenthetical, that it stood in between chapter 10 and 12 as a perfect bridge between the promise of an identity of those who do not draw back and Jesus as our perfect example.  While parenthesis may not...

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Hebrews Study 11:23-40 “Faith is . . .” Part 3

Tonight we will finish Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith. The chapter starts with what has become our definition of faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” From that definition the rest of the chapter filled with examples of faith that illustrate the definition. From...

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Hebrews Study 11:7-22 “Faith is . . . ” Part 2

Hebrews 11 begins by telling us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for , the evidence of things not seen.” The rest of the chapter then reveals faith in action through the examples of the men and women that lived by faith in obedience to God’s voice in their lives. In this week’s...

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Mercy and the Hope Mobile

On Monday night Geannine led us in intercession with mercy being our focus, seeing God as merciful, giving thanks for His mercy and praying for His mercy to be seen, received and rejoiced over by our community. As we worshipped and prayed I was struck by the thought that mercy is not for effect. I...

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