Living In The Middle

Jesus wants us to understand the Gospel story, to know and understand why God sent His Son. If we are in a growing relationship with Jesus, we are able to understand, and as we develop as His disciples, our understanding will increase. Jesus shares another parable, but this one is specifically focused on those living […]

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Living In The Margins

What is a parable? Simply, a placing beside; a story with a spiritual point, an illustration from everyday life that all could relate to; taking something that is understood to illustrate something that is not understood. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus is looking for the transformation of the heart. He knows that for […]

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The Look

The way we look at things greatly impacts our lives, whether it’s with a positive view or a negative view, and the way we look at things has a lot to say about who we are and how we react or respond to others. Simon, the look of contempt… He was a Pharisee; He was […]

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Overcoming Doubt

Our story deals with a great man of God who had doubts. What he did with those doubts is what is important for us today. John the Baptist, Luke 3:15-17; Matthew 3:10 Doubt brings discouragement; Doubt brings depression; Doubt brings a loss of direction; Doubt brings the loss of devotion. Lessons from this story that […]

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When Hope Dies

Why not? If we choose to see obstacles, this will stifle our movement forward; if we choose to see opportunities, and seize them, this will activate the Gospel of optimism. But what happens when hope dies? The Setting, Luke 7:11-12 Two crowds…what happens when they meet? Those who were following Jesus, heading toward the city; […]

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There’s More to Your Name

God has a plan… I want to have a people [nation] to call my own to reach all people, Genesis 12:2-3. God begins a new nation… He changes names: Abram (exalted father) to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai (my princess) to Sarah (princess of multitudes). Names don’t tell us all we need to know […]

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There’s More To Your Story

What is wrapped around you that you are dragging along? God’s promises are bigger and better than my circumstance! God says to Abram, “Don’t be afraid,” Genesis 15:1. What does he fear? The promise not coming true. What do you fear? Are you walking in Abram’s shoes? God says, “I am your shield…your reward…I am […]

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Living Right Side Up – Luke 6:36-42

Jesus wants us to learn how to judge correctly. Luke 6:36, Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. If we are to judge correctly, we need to learn from the best…God. V.37, Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will […]

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Living Right Side Up June 4th

Our attitude toward our circumstances: Reliance on the resources of God; Passion for God’s Word, receiving its nourishment and encouragement; Honoring God with the attitudes of our mind and the actions of our hearts. Our attitude toward others, our command…to love, Luke 6:27-30: The people knew the Word, Leviticus 19:18; The teachers emphasized their people, […]

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