2017-07-23 The Kingdom is Within

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THE KINGDOM IS WITHIN / AMONG Most of us are familiar with the first verse in the Bible “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1), but maybe not equally as familiar with the last: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Rev 22:21) These two verses […]

2017-07-16 Not Far

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THE KINGDOM IS NOT FAR Jesus was the Master of Irony. The last shall become first. The meek shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the poor. Blessed are those that mourn. There was a sense in which Jesus was saying if you think you have arrived, that is when you are truly in a dangerous […]

2017-07-09 The Kingdom is Near

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Series: The Kingdom is Ironic The Kingdom is Near Matthew 3:2; 4:17 God seems to have an ironic way of trying to draw us ever more deeply into his kingdom. He takes a wild man, like John the Baptist, to help us realize our need for a ruthless self-inventory, confession, and absolution to draw us […]

2017-07-02 Spiritual Heart Exam

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Spiritual Heart Exam Matthew 3:2; 4:17 If Jesus is our great Physician, we must submit to a spiritual heart exam, allowing his words to penetrate our soul (Heb 4:12-13) as we prepare for the rigorous challenge of entering the kingdom of God (Matt 4:17). This message became the main teaching point of Jesus’ call to […]

2017-06-25 Keep First Things First

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Keep First Things First Matthew 6:33  “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” So says Steven Covey and I think Jesus would applaud his sentiments (Matt 6:33). Worry, even about the essentials of life, just gets in the way (Matt 6:25-27), for worry is the antithesis of faith (Matt 6:28-32). […]

2017-06-18 A Kingdom of Fathers

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A Kingdom of Fathers Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Deuteronomy 11:19 – “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie […]

2017-06-11 A Kingdom Perspective

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A Kingdom Perspective John 14:6 If Christianity is based on truth, then which ones of the many different Christian beliefs are true? How can some Christians that I know and respect believe different things than I do? How can someone who believes _________ call themselves a Christian?” No matter where you are, God wants to move you, change your perspective, and show you […]

2017-06-04 Keep All Doors Open

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KEEP ALL DOORS OPEN My dad encouraged me to “keep all doors open.” Don’t be narrow in your thinking or planning so that you have as many options available as possible. Likewise, I think Jesus was an open-door kind of guy. When the disciples locked their doors out of fear, the resurrected Jesus in somewhat […]

2017-05-21 Follow Jesus

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Follow Jesus “Come follow me.” Those three words turned fishermen into fishers of men. They turned greedy tax-collectors into generous donors. They turned forlorn prostitutes into redeemed Sunday School teachers. And they continue to transform lives 2,000 years later. But what does it mean to follow Jesus? To enter his kingdom? One story about Jesus […]

2017-05-14 Be a Kid as Long as You Can

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BE A KID AS LONG AS YOU CAN For a mom who was really big on the importance of taking on responsibility and becoming a man, she had an admonition that has always challenged me in certain ways. She would tell me to “Be a kid as long as you can…adulthood will come all too […]