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Can I Get a Witness!

May 13, 2018
John concludes his letter about the testimony, or "witness", we have in Jesus. Jesus, through his death and resurrection, served as a witness to God's redeeming power. But still further,…

Victory in Jesus!

May 6, 2018
In his letter, John says the following: "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith" (1…

Love, Again

April 29, 2018
This week, we continue to walk through the last half of 1 John. Continuing last week's emphasis on love, John once again takes up the topic, and, if anything, turns…

The Demands of Easter

April 22, 2018
Age old writing advice says an author should "show rather than tell" what he or she wishes to say. John is a good author. Rather than explaining to us with…
On the evening of Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples could be found hiding in a locked room, frightened by the world. And when Jesus appears among them, they were frightened by…

The Difficulty of Belief

April 8, 2018
After the resurrection, Jesus appears to all his disciples at the same time while in a locked room. Well, all disciples but one. Thomas. Poor Thomas was not present when…
Mark's Gospel is not the fanciest, the most polished, or the most theologically rich of the gospels--and this is certainly true concerning the resurrection account. However, the simplicity of Mark's…
It's Palm Sunday, the day Jesus enters into Jerusalem, the city of kings. But his entrance isn't like that of most kings. He is not riding a stallion but a…
John 3:16 is the most famous passage in all of Scripture. It has become so common that we might think we have tapped all of its potential. And yet there…
With a power outage that lasted two days, many in our congregation have been scrambling all weekend to get their houses in order. And though we are technically in the…
Mark 9:2-10, the transfiguration of Jesus, is a story of the confusion of Peter and the disciples. While Peter understands that Jesus is the Christ (i.e., the long-awaited King), he…
We have all been in a spiritual wilderness at one time or another. It is a time of testing, of temptation, and of trial. But our times in the wilderness—if…
Throughout Jesus’ life, he is routinely breaking down barriers that keep us from true communion with God and true communion with each other. In the case of the man with…
Mark 1:29-39 tells of Jesus building a successful ministry in which people were coming to him in droves, people were being healed, his disciples were active and engaged, and, as…
In Mark 1:21-28, Jesus meets a man possessed by an unclean spirit. Jesus does not make the mistake that we often make. He understands that the battle is not with…
We all follow something with a passion. The news. Our favorite sports teams. Political leaders. But how passionately do we follow Jesus? Mark reports that when Jesus called the disciples,…
While it is true that Jesus is "King of Israel” (as Nathanael confesses in 1:49), it turns out his anointing and kingship means even more than the disciples are ready…
Over the next few months, we will bridge the birth of Jesus (Christmas) and the death/resurrection of Jesus (Easter) with a deep dive into the person, work, and teachings of…

The Presence of God

December 31, 2017
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