Sundays in Lent

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Rethinking Devoted Commitment

Life Guide (John 12:20–33) 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told […]

Worship the LORD your God

Life Guide If we could keep the first commandment, we’d keep the rest automatically. How? If we really did believe, love, and trust in God above all else, every other instruction from God would fall into place. What is a “god” anyway? A god is that upon which we rely for all needs, that which […]

Christian, Carry Your Cross!

Life Guide 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus […]

Ours in Christ

Life Guide If only we could more fully realize the degree to which these verses are true for us. We’d walk around without a care in the world and people would think we’re bonkers. Let’s pray for a little earthly off-our-rocker-ness, then. Let’s pray for an otherworldly knowledge of just how true the things this […]

God’s Goodness Has the Last Word

Good things often bring with them some bad. Imagine kids asking for a dog. They envision only the positives; it will be great. “Yes, we know it’s a big responsibility. Yes, I’ll take care of it, feed it, walk it, clean up after it, please please please!!” Then the novelty wears off, reality sets in, […]

God’s Work Revealed

What’s a mirage? Usually something someone sees in the desert when longing for water. Off in the distance, there is a pond, a small stream, water, so the person runs to it and diving in, realizes it’s sand. Sometimes, they give way to the mirage and dig frantically at sand hoping beyond desperation to find […]

Jesus Gives Living Water!

(John 4:4-26) 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about […]

A Late-Night Evangelism Visit

A Late-Night Evangelism Visit 1. Nicodemus had some wrong ideas 2. Jesus had some good news to share 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no […]

And So It Was

And so it was that God completed heaven and earth in all their vast array declaring them to be, “Very good.” In that goodness, God gave the man made in his image the task of naming the animals. And so it was as he named the animals that the man came to understand that even […]