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  • God’s Goal In Bringing Hardship Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 20, 2020
     | 112 views

    It's shocking to many that God sometimes is the cause of hardship in our lives. When that happens, what is He hoping to accomplish?

  • Worship That Displeases God Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 15, 2020
     | 132 views

    Israel was worshiping. They were even boasting about their worship. Yet it displeased God. What can we learn from them?

  • The False Security That Our Wealth Brings Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 12, 2020
     | 88 views

    God thunders His displeasure with the wealthy. How can we find our security in God instead of money?

    A GATED COMMUNITY: Money can bring a false sense of security. - Amos 3:15. - Some aspects: a. We use it separate ourselves. - You see this physically in the way in most places neighborhoods are divided by income. We’ve reached a certain level and so we don’t have to hang out with those from ...read more

  • Is God’s Will An Inscrutable Mystery? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 21, 2020
     | 165 views

    Many complain that God's will is impossible to discern. God proclaims here, though, that He is regularly and clearly speaking through His prophets.

    KEEPING US IN THE DARK? Is God’s will an inscrutable mystery? - Amos 3:3-7. - It is a common complaint that God’s will is an inscrutable mystery? Who can discern that hand of God? Who can understand the mind of the Lord? - And so many presume that because it is an impossibility to understand ...read more

  • Unrepentant Sin Of The World Versus Unrepentant Sin Of The Church Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 14, 2020
     | 165 views

    Does God treat the unrepentant sin of the church differently than the unrepentant sin of the world?

    AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE: Amos opens with God’s wrath for everyone. - Amos 1:1-2:16. - Maybe just focus on the nations’ part under this point. - What does the “three sins, even four” mean? - God is not saying, “I would stop if you would do three or four sins,” although it kind of sounds like ...read more

  • Facing Resistance To The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 6, 2020
     | 181 views

    Jesus tells His followers that He is being numbered among the transgressors. What does that mean for us today as we try to follow Him?

    WHAT I DON'T KNOW: What exactly is going on with the swords here? - Luke 22:36, 38. - The references to swords garner the most attention from most readers. They are intriguing statements that are not easily understood. - I wish I could tell you that I have an incisive, succinct explanation ...read more

  • Jesus’ Response To Our False Confidence, Struggle, And Failure Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 31, 2020
     | 335 views

    Jesus predicts Peter's denial. These verses give us three harsh realities and three promising truths.

    - This section comes right after a couple verses about being conferred a kingdom and the ultimate victory that kingdom will experience. In the meantime, though, there are the challenges of real life. Three Harsh Realities in this Passage: 1. The reality of false confidence. - Luke ...read more

  • When Church Seems Like A Fly-By-Night Operation Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 27, 2020
     | 171 views

    It's easy to look at your local church and be underwhelmed by what you see. Jesus' words here point us toward a higher vision of the Kingdom that He is inaugurating.

    AMATEUR HOUR: Sometimes the church can seem like a fly-by-night operation. - We all have stories of churches behaving poorly. We all have stories of churches who were laughably bad at what they were doing. - I remember as a young Christian being preached at by my pastor that we should bring our ...read more

  • How To Be Great In Jesus’ Kingdom Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 24, 2020
     | 208 views

    Jesus calls us to be servant rather than elevating themselves. What exactly should we do if we do want to be great?

    IS IT WRONG TO WANT TO BE "GREAT"? Jesus doesn’t say “don’t be great” but instead tells them how to be great. - Luke 22:24-27. - Matthew 5:19; Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43. - It could have been when the disciples argued over being great that Jesus replied, “No. You will never be great. ...read more

  • When Someone Betrays Christ Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 23, 2020
     | 229 views

    A look at the disciples' response to Jesus' shocking declaration that one of them would betray Him. How do we handle things today when someone betrays the cause of Christ?

    WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO WALKS AWAY FROM CHRIST: There are a lot of casualties along the road. - Luke 20:23. - It’s obviously a tragedy to watch someone walk away from Christ or to betray Christ. What makes that even more of a tragedy is the ripple effect. - It might be someone who gives up ...read more

  • What Does It Mean That Jesus "takes Away The Sin Of The World"?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 18, 2020
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     | 236 views

    A look into the idea from the Day of Atonement of the "scapegoat." Jesus doesn't just forgive our sin - He removes our sin, like a goat being taken away into the desert.

    JOHN'S PROCLAMATION: Jesus takes away the sin of the world. - John 1:29. - This is an Easter truth that we love to proclaim – and rightfully so! - Jesus takes away the sin of the world. - Tell a story that emphasizes only the forgiveness part, not the removal part. - But what if we don’t ...read more

  • Why Is There An Extra Cup In Luke’s Last Supper? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 24, 2020
     | 627 views

    A look at an initially confusing part of Luke's Last Supper passage and the significance of what the "extra cup" means.

  • Seeing More Of God’s Provision And Guidance In My Life Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 11, 2020
     | 333 views

    This is a memorable story of God's provision and guidance for Peter and John. How can we see more of God's provision and guidance in our lives?

    SEEING GOD GUIDE AND DIRECT: Why don’t we see God’s daily provision and guidance much today? - Luke 22:7-13. - We say that we believe in God and that is still working in the world today, but we don’t see as much of His provision and guidance as we would like. - How can we see more? - This ...read more

  • Why Is It Significant That Jesus Died At Passover? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Feb 5, 2020
     | 260 views

    It's an overlooked detail of the Last Supper story that it happened at Passover. What's the importance of that? What's the connection between Passover and the Last Supper?

    AN OVERLOOKED DETAIL: Why is it significant that Jesus died at Passover? - Luke 22:7-8. ISRAEL'S PASSOVER: Enslaved people longing for freedom and to go home are freed by God’s decisive miracle through the Passover lamb. - Exodus 12:1-14. - Unpack Passover in general – focus here on the ...read more

  • Ignoring Those On The Edges Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 14, 2020
     | 683 views

    An overview of how central it is to our Christian faith to care for those on the edges of society.

    LOOKING OUT FOR #1: Sometimes we let an “I got mine!” attitude come into our spiritual lives. - Our society in general has a lot of the “I got mine!” mentality. Everyone looking out for themselves. - That can easily creep over into a spiritual attitude that is simply focused on “me and ...read more