The Sinner’s Place

In Stanley Voke’s wonderful little book, Personal Revival: Living the Christian Life in Light of the Cross, he writes, “The hardest thing for anyone is to take the sinner’s place.” Simply put, “the sinner’s place is where I take blame.” It is the place where I am real, honest, authentic, and vulnerable. “The hardest thing […]

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What Happened to Scrooge?

You know the classic story by Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is a life-long miser. Unmarried. No children. No friends. But lots of money. Loving his fortune, he keeps a close eye on “the books,” making sure that there is no decrease in his personal wealth. When approached with the greeting, […]

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Freshly Broken

If you, like me, have been made freshly aware of and broken over the wretchedness of your sin, the video below from Ray Cortese is for you. If you, like me, are or have been in a state of blindness concerning your self-righteouss pride and hardness of heart, this message will not make sense now […]

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When the Roof Blows Off

What we notice when reading the first two chapters of this gospel is that Matthew very clearly sees the birth of Jesus as fulfilling numerous ancient promises that were foretold hundreds and hundreds of years before the incarnation of Christ a human being. This promise-fulfillment motif is the basis for our current series in Matthew […]

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The Weary World Rejoices

In Matthew 11, Jesus makes an invitation that seems custom made for this time of year.  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]

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The Journey of 7,000 Miles

Last week we were introduced to the Magi, ancient astronomers who travelled 800 miles from the region of modern-day Iraq and Iran to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of the Roman governor over the region, King Herod, asking to see the newly born […]

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O Captain, My Captain

Last week, at the end of Matthew 1, we read about the birth of Jesus, which we discover in chapter 2 took place in Bethlehem, which is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. If you will look at the map, notice the red circle. The focus in Matthew 2:1-12 is the famous appearance of the […]

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The Struggle to Believe

Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I was a senior in college in the spring of 1991. That year a song by the British punk rock band, the Clash, went to number one, although it was originally recorded in 1981.The song? Should I Stay or Should I Go? That is the question being asked to Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:10-24. Should […]

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Free Marriage Advice

Philosopher Alain de Botton provided some marriage advice recently in The New York Times. He claims that for the past two-and-a-half centuries many of us have been deceived by what he calls the Romantic view of marriage. He defines the Romantic view as the belief “that a perfect (human) being exists who can meet all our […]

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Blind Spot Detection

The technology being introduced to new vehicles is quite amazing. Not just fancy things like onboard Wifi and built in navigation with touch screen controls, but safety features such as lane management systems and blind spot detection sensors. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is a form of blind spot detection. Believers throughout history have had blind spots […]

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Sometimes Winning is Losing

ABC’s Wide World of Sports aired on Saturdays from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998. The host for the entire 37-year run of the show was Jim McKay (no relation). 😊 The opening monologue is now iconic. Watch it here. Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and […]

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The Unleavened Life

Message Notes My favorite bread is Promise Bread from Costco – “everything free” bread / you’d think it would cost less! For some, the consequences of consuming gluten can severe. Rash. Swelling. Digestive complications. What Paul is showing us in 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 is that there is a spiritual form of gluten that will cause […]

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What is Your TQ?

In June of 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to his editor Stanley Unwin to explain why he was behind schedule finishing the final draft of The Hobbit. Instead of creating more material, he decided to start over and rewrite the entire first three chapters. His motivation was the feedback of a trusted friend and […]

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I Want to be Free, Too

After my first meeting with Terry, one characteristic stood out. Not a physical characteristic. It was nothing about how he dressed or looked on the outside. He wore ordinary shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. He ordered a normal breakfast and we engaged in non-spectacular conversation. But there was something about him that affected me […]

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