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August 2020

Blinded to the Light

Imagine if I made some over-the-top, extraordinary claim about myself. You would probably want to see some proof before you accepted what I was saying as true. For example, what if I made the claim that the Queen of England and I were best friends? You would probably be a little skeptical about that. My insistence that it was true would probably not be enough on its own to convince you. So I would need to offer some compelling proofs and credible witnesses to corroborate the incredible stor

Like Father, Like Son

As we open God’s word together we find ourselves at John 5:18-29. As you study His word in your home, we hope you are encouraged by just who Jesus is and where His authority comes from. “Those who hear will live!”

He Had Said

When ordering off the menu at most restaurants, I find myself first eyeing what has passed its way by my table. Not because I am particularly impressed by presentation, but one important factor for me in food decision making is how filling the meal I order will be. Often I stick to what I know for fear of eating and being left hungry. Then scavenging my children’s plates, under the guise of “Daddy’s fee”, I find myself sneaking what I can to fill the void left in my stomach. After ordering

Making Decisions And The Decisions We Make

In this message we hear from the Lord through Ron Kofstad, Jr. while studying Jeremiah 6:16 together. I encourage you to read Jeremiah 6:16-21 as you prepare your heart and mind to receive the Lord’s instruction. May the Lord open your eyes to the compass we should use to make decisions and to the impact of the decisions we make.

July 2020

In Spirit and Truth

Imagine with me the scene. It’s high noon on a hot day outside the Samaritan village of Sychar. The sun is directly overhead, beating down on the head of a woman who is carrying a large, heavy water jar on her shoulder. She is making her way along a well-worn path that leads out of the town toward a well, which, according to tradition, had been dug long ago by Jacob himself.

The other women of the village have already come and gone by this time. It was the practice of most in those

The Wrong Love

This Sunday we’ll wrap up our study of the third chapter of John by exploring verses 22-36 together. This portion of scripture begins with John the Baptist’s disciples complaining to him that everyone is now going to Jesus to be baptized rather than them. They are losing market share on the spiritual pie chart. John the Baptist’s answer to them is powerfully insightful. We have already covered the incredible humility of John the Baptist in our previous studies and we see that again he

Light and Dark

“Drawing a line the sand” is a common idiom in English meant to describe an action which, once taken, signifies a permanent and decisive commitment to an ideal, cause or person as well as a willingness to suffer any possible consequences that might come from taking that stand. This coming Sunday, we will continue our study through the Gospel of John by finishing Jesus’ nocturnal conversation with Nicodemus. In John 3:17-21 Jesus uses words to draw a line in the sand and then encourages Nicodemus, and also us, to join Him on the other side of it. I hope you can join us this Sunday as we study this important passage of scripture together.

Sacrificial Love

My favorite stanza from the old hymn, “I Love to Tell the Story,” is the one that goes:

“I love to tell the story
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest”

If you’re like me than you’re very familiar with the old, old story, but the Gospel is like a piece of chewing gum that never runs out of flavor no matter how much you chew it. Even those who know it best continue to savor and enjoy the truth

June 2020

Born Again

In this message we tackle the first fifteen verses of John 3 in which Jesus has a nighttime conversation with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. For the most part, Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees were pretty contentious, but this time it is different. Nicodemus is a genuine truth-seeker with humility in great enough measure to celebrate what he sees in Jesus rather than feel jealous or threatened by Him. However, in the course of their conversation Jesus makes a statement to Nicodemus tha

Cleansing the Temple

In this message we continue our study through the Gospel of John by studying verses 13-22 of chapter 2 in which Jesus cleanses the temple. This account shows us a side of Jesus that we don’t often see. He is angry. He overturns tables. He takes people’s money and scatters it on the floor. Most shocking of all, He fashions some cords into a whip and turns it on animals and people alike. What does all this mean? And how do we apply it? I hope you can be part of the conversation as we unpack these verses together.