Humble And Authentic Faith

  • June 18, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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What happens when our religious activity is motivated by the wrong reasons? In this passage, Jesus provides a critical word of caution: outward religion without inward relationship leaves us dead inside.   Mathew 6:16-18

Praying Like Jesus: Deliverance

  • June 11, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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How does our view of sin affect our prayer life? In this passage, we discover three affirmations we should make as we pray: we affirm that sin is evil, that we are vulnerable to sin, and that God desires to help us overcome the temptation of sin.   Matthew 6:13

Praying Like Jesus: Forgiveness

  • June 4, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Have you ever expected God to forgive your sins, but struggled to forgive others? Forgiveness is an often-forgotten fundamental of our faith. Jesus reminds us in this passage to refrain from asking God to do what we don’t value in our own lives. Forgiveness is not only a vertically oriented activity (between us and God) … [Read More…] Praying Like Jesus: Forgiveness

Praying Like Jesus: Reliance

  • May 29, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Have you ever felt anxious about something? We all have, whether it’s for provisions, jobs, relationships, you name it. Human beings are prone to worry, and this produces unholy anxiety. Jesus teaches us how asking God for “our daily bread” refocuses our tendency for self-reliance towards reliance on God. The result is Jesus meeting us … [Read More…] Praying Like Jesus: Reliance

Praying Like Jesus: Submission

  • May 21, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Do you ever feel like your payers aren’t heard or answered? In this passage, Jesus teaches us to how pray so that we have assurance that God joyfully hears us. It all begins with submitting our will to the Father’s. When we pray “your kingdom come”, we are praying that God will be glorified through … [Read More…] Praying Like Jesus: Submission

Praying Like Jesus: Adoration

  • May 15, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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How should we begin our prayers? Jesus demonstrates a model for prayer that pleases God. In this passage, we learn about the importance of adoration in prayer. Our human inclination is to reduce God to a deity that is there for our needs; but what we need to realize is that God loves us as … [Read More…] Praying Like Jesus: Adoration

Faith in Ourselves or Our Father

  • May 7, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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How does our view of God as Father shape the way we approach prayer? Pastor Stetzer reminds us that self-centered faith distorts our view of God and receives only a temporary reward. Father-focused faith receives a lasting reward.   Matthew 6:5-8

Acting Rather Than Being

  • April 9, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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There is an unmistakable difference between righteousness for the sake of self-praise and righteousness that causes others to praise God. In this passage, we continue our study of true righteousness; hypocrisy is Jesus’ concern, and He uses giving as an example. Jesus’ goal is to motivate us to be godly, even though our sinful nature … [Read More…] Acting Rather Than Being

Forgiving Like Jesus

  • March 19, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Loving our enemies is antithetical to sinful human nature. Yet this passages encourages us to do just that: forgiving our enemies and praying for those who are at odds with us. This radical revelation once again shows us that the heart of the law is the heart of God. It’s not easy to put this … [Read More…] Forgiving Like Jesus

Turn Down The Outrage

  • March 12, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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Conflicts can escalate quickly, sometimes over things of little to no importance. How we react to injustice is critical to avoiding the consequences of excessive outrage. Old Testament law taught equal retaliation for injustice; the law was intended to limit the level of retaliation, to avoid conflict escalation. In this passage, Jesus teaches us not … [Read More…] Turn Down The Outrage