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Contributed on Dec 8, 2019
Jesus came as our Messiah, our Christ, fulfilling a 700-year-old prophecy of deliverance. In so doing, he still today brings us understanding, justice, and peace.
Isaiah 11:1-10 Hope Born at Christmas Christmas is about miracles. Christmas is about hope and peace and love. Christmas is prophesied here in the book of Isaiah, written some 700 years before Jesus’ birth. Times were hard then. The 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom had already fallen to the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2019
Jesus shares illustrations to show that his return will be sudden and unexpected. His call on us is to be ready at any moment. The First Sunday of Advent reminds us that Jesus came, and Jesus is coming again!
Matthew 24:36-44 Maintaining Readiness The military has a readiness system of green, amber and red, to illustrate threat levels we might face at any given time. When you go on base or on post, you’ll see a Force Protection Condition, or FPCON, ranging from normal to delta. Likewise, the president ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2019
When trouble strikes, whether it be through natural calamity or human conflict, the psalmist reminds us to slow down, stay calm, and lean on God. He will get us through.
Psalm 46:1-11 When Trouble Comes Trouble comes to everyone at some point. No one escapes it. If you’re not having a bad day today, you will one day. And what will you do then? Will you fall apart? Will you give up on God? On the world? On yourself? The psalm writers, these sons of Korah, speak ...read more
Contributed on Nov 5, 2019
What will life be like in heaven? We'll have bodies that are physical, permanent, recognizable, and spiritual. We will have relationships so vital with Christ and each other that marriage will no longer be needed.
Luke 20:27-38 Relationships in the Hereafter Sometimes we are forced to say good-bye to those we love. And in those most trying of times, we hold onto the biblical idea of a great reunion of all believers in a place called heaven. But in today’s scripture Jesus tells us there won’t be marriage as ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2019
Jesus reaches out to the smallest and the evilest among us with a very personal invitation. He calls us by name. He invites himself over. He desires nothing less than a radically changed life, submitted to him, and all for our good!
Luke 19:1-10 When a Little Guy Meets a Big God Today’s passage is a very popular children’s Bible story, but it’s a lot more than that. It reveals the very heart of God: one who pursues each one of us to draw us into a loving personal relationship with him, and in so doing, to change our entire ...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