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Contributed on Jun 15, 2019
God is always with us through the Holy Spirit. We need to depend on the Spirit, trust in his truth, and serve like him.
John 16:12-15 Noting the Constant Presence of God Today is Trinity Sunday. The Trinity--God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit--is one of the great mysteries of the faith. Our brains struggle to fathom one God in three persons. We have different images to help us. As a kid, I ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2019
The stories of the Tower of Babel and Pentecost teach us to: 1. Guard against prideful uniformity. 2. Cherish diversity as God's gift, and 3. Look to Christ as the source of our unity
Genesis 11:1-9 When Unity Becomes Toxic We tend to think of unity as a good thing. Military units aspire for unity. People in public office wish for it. Marriages hope for it. Churches aspire for it. Yet, sometimes supposed unity masks for uniformity, and can quickly slip into pride and ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2019
We've all been accused of something we didn't do. What should we do about it? Paul and Silas show us we can worship and wait, refrain from revenge, and give glory to God.
When You’re Falsely Accused Acts 16:23-34 Have you ever been falsely accused? I’m pretty sure we all have at some point in time. It really feels bad. If you’re like me, your first impulse is to justify yourself, to assert your innocence, and if at all possible...to get revenge! But that’s not ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2019
On Good Friday, all hope was lost. Yet, Easter Sunday brought hope, forgiveness, and life to all who would choose Jesus as Lord. He is risen, and he rises us to new life as well!
Luke 24:1-12 The Beginning Nature’s seasons remind us of the seasons of life. There is spring, where new growth is popping up out of the earth. The wild flowers are so pretty this time of year in South Texas. There is summer, and later fall, which here is like a slightly milder form of summer. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2019
We see three responses to Jesus' death: despair, deliberation from a distance, and conversion. Which group do you most identify with? The cross confronts us with a decision.
Luke 23:44-49 The End Have you ever felt like you’re at a dead end? Like you didn’t really know how to go forward? Maybe you were in a dead-end relationship. Or a dead-end job. Or a dead-end health prognosis. It can be a very hard place to be. Today we’re going to start at the end. But don’t ...read more
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Contributed on Feb 3, 2019
I just finished reading a book called, “The Shack.” I read it about ten years ago, and something made me read it again, and I’m so glad I did. I commend it to you as a book that captures the very essence of a God who wants nothing more than to have a loving relationship with you. What an incredible ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Christians of all people should lead the way in forgiveness. And some do. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a Bible study group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though he was white, he received a warm welcome from the all-black congregation. When the group closed ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
When I think of drawing on love’s source, I think of Corrie ten Boom. Her family had all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Their crime? Hiding Jews in their home. Somehow Corrie survived. The war had ended, the camps had been liberated, and Corrie was speaking in various churches, sharing about ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2017
Commentator Gordon Fee recalls the famous “miracle mile,” the first time two milers ran under four minutes in the same race. Roger Bannister and John Landy competed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1954. Landy had led all the way, but coming off the final turn toward the finish line he looked over his ...read more