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Contributed on May 20, 2018
God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. And through his vision, we learn to not limit what God can do, to speak life into the lives of others, to allow God's Spirit to fill us, and to give God the glory when he replaces our hopelessness with hopefulness.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 When There is No Hope The prognosis is specific: there is no hope. The relationship is irreparably damaged: there is no hope. The depression wraps around you like a thick blanket of fog: there is no hope. Yet, today’s scripture suggests that, in the most hopeless of cases, God ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2018
Hannah is the mother who gave away her son! Hannah teaches us to: pour out our heart to God, take heart that God hears us, give back to God what he gives us, and receive God's abundance.
1 Samuel 1:10-20, 26-28 The Power of a Praying Mom Let’s give the “Mother of the Year” award to a mom who gave away her son! Yes, that’s the story of Hannah. She promised God that if he would give her a son, she would give him back, to serve God all of his life. And out of her prayer came the ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
The world is in desperate need of love, agape love: willful, purposeful, decisional, sacrificial love. In today's passage, Jesus points us to the source of that love, urges us to choose it as an act of obedience, and sometimes to love until it hurts.
John 15:9-17 What the World Needs Now In 1965 Burt Bacharach wrote a song he didn’t believe in. He and Hal David offered it to performer Dionne Warwick, who turned it down. Bacharach was reluctant to play it for Jackie DeShannon, but he finally did, and she liked it. Together they recorded, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 22, 2018
Psalm 23 gives us God's personal Top Ten list of fulfillment. As we read David's psalm we see how God fulfills all of our deepest needs. The New Testament expands on this to show that Jesus is indeed our Good Shepherd, giving us life more abundantly.
Psalm 23 The All-sufficient God How would you finish this sentence? “I will be happy when _______.” “...when I start feeling better; when that cost-of-living increase kicks in; when I get a better doctor, or the right med; when the food around here improves; when that neighbor moves out; when ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2018
Jesus shows up to the disciples behind locked doors and reminds us: 1) Don't be surprised when he shows up in our lives. 2) Allow him to meet our doubts. 3) Allow him to open our minds to scripture, and 4) Take the witness stand for him.
Luke 24:36-48 From Fear to Faith Rev. Roy Almquist shares a peculiar story from the bloody second Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. Captain Robert Clark and his men were surrounded by the Confederate forces but refused to surrender. In the terrible battle that ensued, Clark’s entire ...read more
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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