June 2011

Upside Down: Christian Counter-Culture

James’ opening instruction to the church makes it clear that this letter is going to turn their world upside down. The opening verses provide an overview of the entire book that exposes fallacies in common thought and practice.



April 2011

Transforming Touch

Jesus can transform doubting, discouraged, defeated disciples into passionate followers.



Bloody Doorposts And Being Set Free

Jesus’ statement that “It is finished” was a declaration that people had been delivered from death to life with Jesus’ sacrifice as the Passover lamb.



Soul Surrender

The greatest demonstration of emotion from Jesus was when he fought a lonely battle over doing God’s Will.



March 2011

Divine Dealings With Disposable People

Jesus was a man who experienced a full range of emotions and feelings. He felt a deep sense of compassion for the hurt and helpless.



Forget About Mike

Christ has character that is worth emulating. He was sensitive to God’s direction even when it conflicted with cultural norms.



February 2011

Hope Is Contagious

God has a hope to make His presence known through us. As we fulfill this calling, His life-giving hope becomes contagious.



Hope Purifies

Following Christ does not mean freedom from the storms of life. Rather, as we hope life transformation takes place.



Hope Is Experienced In Community

God’s design is for hope to be a shared experience within the faith community



Hope Is Discovered In His Word

God’s Scripture redirects the focus of our hope away from the uncertainty of changing circumstances to the peace and certainty of God’s Word. His Word remains true, regardless of whether our life storms subside.



January 2011

The Roller Coaster Called Hope

When we encounter Jesus, His gracious, compassionate care becomes sufficient for the ups and downs of our lives. This intimacy with Christ fills our hope and empowers our love of others.



Who Is Your Barnabas?

We need someone who believes in us and will support our growth even when the evidence is against us.