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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
Contributed on Apr 1, 2018
In his final word, Jesus teaches us how to die well. He points us to an intimate relationship with a Heavenly Father, to a life that continues after death, and to a completion of all that God has for us in this life.
Dying Well Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 7 * Luke 23:44-46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Today we tackle an unusual topic for an Easter Sunday. Usually we talk about life and life everlasting. We’ll get there, but first, let’s consider where that life comes from: death ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2018
In one word in the Greek, "Tetelestai!", Jesus proclaimed that his mission was finished. His death covered all our sins, and the pursuit of his mission to the end motivates us to pursue our God-given mission as we accept his forgiveness from the cross.
Unfinished Business Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 6 * John 19:28, 30 It must be spring! In the last couple of weekends, I cut the grass twice, weeded, helped prepare a gravel and stone walkway, gathered up dead branches, and pruned the shrubs. It felt good to tackle some things, but it ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2018
Only in his fifth statement from the cross did Jesus refer to his physical suffering. In one word, he says to us: 1. God can relate to our suffering, God can redeem our suffering, and God can carry us through our suffering, if we will let him.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 5 * John 19:28-29 Listen to the words of Ray Pritchard as we use our holy imagination to set the scene. He writes, “It was going to be another hot day. You could tell it early in the morning. It was not yet 9:00 and ...read more
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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