Take All of Jesus

In Matthew 21, after Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zech 9:9), he came to the temple courtyard. There he found the scene of a market-place, a yard-sale, or a flea market with a variety of kiosks. Lots of noise. Lots of bartering. Lots of people. Lots of money […]

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Ego vs IHS (Identity in Christ)

In John 13:1-5, the picture of Jesus kneeling and washing the disciples’ feet is so striking to me. The God of the Universe, the Creator of heaven and earth, stoops so low as to literally be the servant that washes feet. It is the literal and complete fulfillment of Philippians 2:7 “… he made himself […]

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Don’t Get Derailed

Recently our Church celebrated 30yrs of ministry – our 30th Church Anniversary. It was good to take a brief look at how God had preserved and provided for this Church to bring us to this day. Although we can celebrate the past and rejoice in what God has done over 30yrs, we cannot pride ourselves […]

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Going Beyond 30

In Luke 3:21-23 we learn that Jesus was about 30yrs old when he began his ministry. By that Luke means his public ministry. And the event that marked the beginning of his public ministry was his baptism. Two things occurred at his baptism: 1) everyone heard a voice from heaven declaring who Jesus was: the […]

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What Comes Out!

In Luke 6:43-45 Jesus paints this picture of the type of fruit that healthy vs unhealthy fruit trees produce. He draws upon this analogy to make us all aware that what comes out of us, reflects what is in our heart. And what Jesus is talking about coming out of us is our actions (what […]

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A Meaningful Life Part 2

When I read Ecclesiastes, I find that Solomon sometimes contradicts himself as he rambles along. I don’t understand a lot of what he writes – meaning that I don’t see how it all ties together. It’s not a logical, sequential treatise on the meaning of life. He doesn’t go from point A to point B […]

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Living a Meaningful Life

When you battle the flu like I did a couple weeks ago – or any kind of worse diseases like cancer or CF or MS or cluster headaches or anything else – there are times when you just feel horrible and want to be put out of your misery as you lay there in bed […]

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What Love Is

John the Apostle has often been called “the Beloved Apostle” or “the Apostle of Love.” He didn’t start out that way! Jesus called John and his brother James “the Sons of Thunder” probably for their temper. But after hanging around Jesus for 3 years, John was transformed. He was part of Jesus’ inner circle. In […]

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God’s Embrace

Imagine what it would be like to be held in God’s embrace. Take a moment and close your eyes. Now, imagine the Lord is there walking toward you. He reaches out with his arms and embraces you with a loving, welcoming hug. Maybe you normally don’t even like to be touched or hugged like that. […]

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Listen Up!

A lot of times when we’re listening for God, we hope that he speaks loud and clear like the sound of a howling wind of a hurricane. Or we’re looking for some kind of ground-breaking revelation or special insight from God into spiritual things that nobody else has ever encountered or discovered. Or we want […]

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