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April 2017

There Are No Perfect People

The rules say: don’t tell them too much, don’t be real or vulnerable. Yet these rules keep us stuck.
 
God has changes the rules: His new family is a family of authenticity that helps us discover what God really intend for us.


Come As You Are

Grace is the centerline of Christianity. When we don’t embrace grace it causes us to continue to be trapped in a cycle of sin-death. But God embraced us with grace, and called us to be channels of His grace through acceptance of others.



Resurrection Hope

The cross is not the end of the story. Although Satan may have thought he had the victory. Sunday was coming. The Sunday hope of resurrection is a message for us.



King: To Whom Your Allegiance Belongs

Jesus did not come to be Savior. He came as Savior to be Lord.
 
His rule and kingship in our lives was first foretold in Genesis 49, and celebrated in his coronation on Palm Sunday.


March 2017

Presence

God met Jacob in Bethel and that place became a place of worship. God promises that since his presence is always with his people everywhere we are can be a place of worship.



Deceit

Many of the characters of the Bible are subject to deceit. We are as well. But the comforting truth is that God’s plan is never hijacked by deception. His purposes will always be worked out.



Chosen

Our culture says choose the best, the brightest, the fastest, and the biggest. But when God chooses He tends to choose the unconventional, the unlikely. That is the pattern of the Kingdom.



Sacrifice

God still provides a lamb so his people will live.

 
Abraham’s one and only son whom he loved was delivered from the ultimate sacrifice. God’s Son was not. But by His sacrifice we were delivered.


February 2017

Covenant

Every covenant includes a rite of admission. For Abraham that right was the act of circumcision for all the men who were part of his household. In circumcision they showed they agreed to be counted among God’s covenant people. For Christians, we enter into that covenant relationship through the action of baptism.



Priest King

You would think that Melchizedek is an insignificant character in Scripture. He appears in the life of Abram and is gone after four verses. But this fleeting character is unfolded for us in Psalm 110 and Hebrews 6 and 7 as a compelling type for the Messiah, both king and priest. In this type he presents two convincing truths: God can be trusted, and our salvation is sure.



Conquest

God promises to reestablish his kingdom, and He invites his people to take part in advancing that charge. Abram embraces that call in worship. We can continue it in the worship of witness.



Diversity

God introduced diversity to unify humanity in fulfilling its mission. However, humanity tends to interpret diversity as disunity. God reversed this flow through the blood of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ we can experience unity in the midst of our diversity.