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Forming a Gospel Culture (Part 1)

Forming a Gospel Culture (Part 1) What is a Gospel culture? It is a good question, and it is likely you have not really heard that phrase before. Perhaps it is more helpful if we start with the word “culture” itself.  It is a word we easily take for granted in our conversation. We speak of various ethnic cultures, ancient culture, high-culture encompassing the… Read More

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 God’s Providence and Stopping the Chain of Violence

There are few things more puzzling in Jesus’ teaching than his radical call to non-violence and forgiveness. It seems counter-intuitive to nature to not return violence with violence. The principle of lex talionis— “an eye for an eye” is fundamentally the law of nature. In fact, in many cases, violence seems inevitable, and sometimes it is. One is immediately prompted to ask, what about… Read More

Abba, Father – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

dear god and father be with us today may your word go out for the purpose for which you’ve sent it and may not return to you empty plow up our hearts today lord especially mine as we look into your word to understand you your son jesus and your holy spirit i ask this in the name of our lord and savior jesus… Read More

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“HATING HATE” AND THE RADICAL ETHICS OF JESUS

Today I found myself stopped at a light. Being the momentary captive audience that I was, I could not help noticing the political sticker on the vehicle in front of me. It sported a background formed of an assorted variety of revolutionary fists raised together in the air. What was particularly interesting to me was the moniker splayed across it which read: “Vote Against… Read More

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How do We Measure Discipleship?

A Big Question on Discipleship How many of us feel we are really hitting it out of the park in our Christian growth? I think most of us don’t. And if we did, that might in fact be a bad thing. Nevertheless, most of us Christians tend to live with a gnawing sense of constant failure, insecurity, and self-consciousness. If we are truly growing… Read More

No Not One – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

No Not One –  The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost TRANSCRIPT Our Lord our gracious King our Father thank you that you have brought us together today this fourth Sunday in the Pentecost season for us to come together and worship you thank you that you are merciful that you are holy that you are gentle and that you receive sinners into your kingdom father… Read More

Circumcision of the Heart – The Third Sunday of Pentecost

Circumcision of the Heart – The Third Sunday of Pentecost Transcript let us pray Heavenly Father we come to you in humility and did we ask your spirit to move on our heart and humble us more come together in prayer and worship we come to meet with you and come to do business with God we come to keep short accounts father please… Read More

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What is True Discipleship?

What is True Discipleship? What is true discipleship? The question sounds obvious at best. But that is precisely the slippery little problem of discipleship in the modern church. Discipleship SHOULD BE clear; it should be obvious, it should be so well understood by the Church that its definition can be taken for granted. The difficulty is that in reality, true discipleship is in fact… Read More

Seeking Immortality – The Second Sunday of Pentecost

Seeking Immortality – The Second Sunday of Pentecost TRANSCRIPT  good morning family of God so good to see everybody’s eyeballs this morning well let’s just take a moment and ask God’s blessing on our study of the word of God in Romans this morning Heavenly Father we just thank you that you are so gracious we thank you that you have brought us together… Read More

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The Visible Church & Its Leadership

The Visible Church & Its Leadership What is the visible church? It is the theological language for the Church that exists in the present world. This may be compared with the invisible church which comprises those who have already gone to be in the presence of God. Each is often referred to as the church militant (the church as it still struggles in the present age) and the church triumphant (those… Read More