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The failure of Jacob was to dismiss his place as a second-born. He did not seem to believe that one could be second-born and still be fully in God’s will and providential placement.
We should be known as a people who do what is right, even when it is difficult. More than just telling people about God’s righteousness, we are willing to reflect some of it.
The story of Mary near the cross of Jesus reminds us that the crosses of a mother’s child are the crosses of the mother.
In this community of the Trinity of God, Spirit speaks to Father on your behalf with His knowing and it is received as a Father receives all news of a child.
We must share the peculiar work of the gospel in our own lives.What you and I know of Jesus in unique ways is important.
If God wants us to believe in a resurrection account, be fruitful, and live in Christ, then he has to take doubters seriously.
The call on Jesus’ life was to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God that included death on a cross. The call on our lives is to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God.
The temptation in sin is to feel that you’ve crossed a line and cannot come back. But Jesus calls for us to return.
We may think of God as the great rule maker and punisher of the rule breakers. But there is this other side of God we see through Jesus in the gospels.
There is everything wrong with wanting someone to seize and solve all your struggles, but there is nothing wrong with seeking God for the people who can help with the struggles.
There is a measure of righteousness, or true faithfulness to God, that is an affront to the world, to our community, to our church, and even to our families.
The peace of Christ in our own hearts is the only way we can share the peace of Christ with our home, our church, and our nation.
We need to clean from our hearts this notion that our real hope is to be discovered being faithful rather than just being faithful.
What we give in mercy in this world is tied to the mercy God will give us in the world to come.
Beatitudes require us to put words together that do not seem to fit in the same sentence, and it is hard to put mourning and sorrow in the same box with blessed or happy.
God has set a table before us. It is up to use whether we eat or do not eat. Are you hungry enough to eat? Thirsty enough to drink?
We revisit stories of Jesus’ arrest, beatings, rejection, abandonment, and crucifixion because Jesus has shown us that we have a greater need than for the powers of this world to be on our side.
The Christmas stories remind us that God’s glory is glorious enough. We need not become glorious in the world’s eyes for God’s glory to be glorious enough.
God did not choose the way of obvious power. Jesus was vulnerable when delivered bare as an infant and he was vulnerable when laid bare by his executioners.
We know, on the one hand, the graceful power of familiarity when following God in a hometown.We also know, however, the pitfalls of familiarity when following God in a hometown.
God’s story of redemption through Jesus brought real and full change on those participating in it.When God enters your story, He is bringing you into His story.
When our own children or neighbors watch an act of faith and ask “What does this mean?”, Jesus Christ crucified is the answer. Our gratitude is the answer.
We seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and rest in our anxiety about second things, knowing God will provide them.
There is no such thing as a Christ-less Christmas if we are celebrating the Incarnation, the coming of God in Christ to the world.
If we only walk as far as people will go along, then we’ll never walk as far as God asks. We have to go a little farther.
Is it possible that doing good is not always good? Yes, it’s very possible. And we who take doing good seriously should pay close attention to the parable.
Our question: When does God come in? Is He welcome at the crash? Ironically, we only find God’s great work in Christ when we have truly crashed. Here we find forgiveness.
What can God do with your life in the daylight if He has no influence in your life in the darkness?Walk with Him when you are at the end of your strength.Watch your strength begin to rise.
Unmet expectations are a drag, whether we’re talking about a movie or a marriage, but when you tie expectations to something holy, like God and church, you are not prepared for disappointment.
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Why bother with the messy details of moral change? Why bother with the humiliating details of reconciliation with enemies? Why not just be who I am, beauty or beast?
God’s grace is there and must be explored. But it also a call that requires an answer. Are you ready to answer the call of grace?
Ultimately what we find in Sinners and the sins—be it you, me, or someone else—is God’s reason for coming near. God’s love for Sinners (and sinners) is our first step of faith.
The Book of Life is not a vote for the most faithful among us. It is God’s list, and real people who populate it. It is true, authoritative, and final.There are only two outcomes in this judgment.
Some people speak of faith in Christ as an event that has already happened, Others speak of faith as an event still unfolding. Both are right, but there are risks for both.
Everyday people are inspired to take risks for reward, but nothing like the inspiration in what Christians call the Great Commission.
Familiar ideas and valued identities are regularly exchanged in the process of growing more like Christ. And it is not always an easy exchange.
If ever you have discounted your own faith as “just me” or discounted yourself as one who does not have the right genealogy for the great things of God, you have to read this story.
Change comes, and the inevitable question follows: Now what? Get in, and stay in, the triangle.
Out of pride we are tempted to look for those we deem important, stable, with connections in our way forward. But God very often moves us closer to Him through simple people and simple answers.
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For all that a great dad can do, he cannot know you and interact with you on the level of your heart and your faith. But your Father in heaven can.
In the Final Eulogy, We will face the same two questions Ahab will face. What did we do with our privileges and whose favor did we seek?
It is hard to fully appreciate the role of Elijah in both the Scriptures and in the history of Jews and Christians. From him we can learn that the work of God is larger than your life.
My family is in one of those seasons when we feel like pinching ourselves to make sure we’re not dreaming.I thank you for such grace.This rich family season has happened among you and because of you.
First consider your company as you march, set your eyes on Jesus and follow like those running a race, and remember the privilege of discipline.
Is a believer in Christ secure or are you only as good with God as you are good?
The unique faithfulness in Jesus toward you and me is the reason God expects in return a unique faithfulness toward Jesus.