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September 2020

Unbelieving Brothers

In John 7:1-13 we read about an interesting exchange between Jesus and his siblings. Like everyone else, they are very excited about the miracles he has been working. So, in verses 3-5 they say to Jesus, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him.
Here’s the weird thing, Jesus’ own broth

August 2020

Barrier to Belief

Last October we studied the feeding of the 5,000 as part of our message series on the eight miraculous signs of the book of John. This week we’ll be studying what happened next by exploring the second half of John 6.
The sixth chapter of John is interesting because it begins like a big bonfire and it ends like the uncertain flickering of a candle. At the beginning of the chapter, Jesus has a mega church following. Thousands of people follow him excitedly all over the countryside to hear

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