456 Curving Out

January 26, 2017

If this life of faith has made a dent in your world... live differently.

Philippians 2

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453 Not Before

January 6, 2017

"God does not help us to face theoretical situations but real ones." Russian follower of Jesus

 

Link to art used in picture study

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450 Advent: Joy

December 16, 2016

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)


Real and lasting joy is found in the presence of the Lord.  We see this in play through the a story of King David found in 
1 Chronicles 16.

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449 Advent - Peace or Sword?

December 7, 2016

Peace?  Did Jesus come to bring us the absence of conflict or something else?

Matthew 10:34  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

Jesus came to uproot the things (priorities, family, agendas...) that we put in the place only the Sovereign God can hold.

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448 Advent: Deeper Hope

December 2, 2016

The story of John the baptist's lost hope call us to a deeper, messier, truer hope in Christ.  Not in what we believe God should/must do, but in who God is and what he has done. 

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447 Our Stories: Gideon part 4

November 23, 2016

Judges 7 Can we be thankful even when God takes us through the thinning?

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446 Our Stories: Gideon part 3

November 23, 2016

Judges 6

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445 Our Stories: Gideon

November 9, 2016

Judges 6 Before moving to deliever the Israelites, God calls Gideon to "Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it."  Rescue started with a return to right living.

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441 Our Stories: Jephthah

October 13, 2016

Judges 12 opens with the close of the story of Jephthah, judge of Israel.  He was used by God...but he cannot be seen as a hero apart from the consequences of his weak theology and insecurities.  Jesus came to bring us into a different type of kingdom, one Jephthah could never have imagined.

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440 Our Stories: Jephthah

October 7, 2016

Judges 10 & 11

Strong faith and weak theology has serious consequences.
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