Kingdom View and Kingdom Lives

  • March 12, 2017
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Sometimes we need reminders of things that are easy to forget. The result is we get off track in our relationship with God. Paul, in this passage, is reminding us how to live a kingdom-oriented lifestyle with three important lessons. To have a kingdom lifestyle, we must look to Godly examples, we are cautious of … [Read More…] Kingdom View and Kingdom Lives

Hope for Helpless Hypocrites

  • March 5, 2017
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All of us are hypocrites at one point or another. We hear the Word of God but we walk away from the truths we’ve seen. We often hold others to standards we don’t and can’t maintain ourselves. What hope is there for us? The key to overcoming hypocrisy is to let Jesus make you, to … [Read More…] Hope for Helpless Hypocrites

Religion Versus The Gospel

  • February 26, 2017
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Human propensity is towards religiosity and not the gospel. Religion functions on legal equation: obedience brings about God’s acceptance, a prospect that results in people feeling like they can never do enough to gain God’s approval and always fall short. The gospel reverses human machinations about our individual efforts and places the emphasis on what … [Read More…] Religion Versus The Gospel

Partners of Character: Epaphroditus

  • February 19, 2017
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What are the characteristics of Godly partners in the gospel mission? In this passage, Paul describes admirable characteristics of his partner, Epaphroditus. Paul’s purpose in writing is to show us what it looks like to live a life in the image of Jesus; Paul is giving us a model to follow. We learn two important … [Read More…] Partners of Character: Epaphroditus

A Faith Family that Serves

  • February 5, 2017
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We’ve all been inspired by stories of partnership. What makes these stories so satisfying? It’s the deep satisfaction that people find when they have partnered with one another in a journey of service together. In this passage, about a travelogue, Paul brings forth a powerful message about his partner in the gospel, Timothy. We learn … [Read More…] A Faith Family that Serves

Knowing Jesus: The Great Exaltation

  • January 15, 2017
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How did God the Father respond to Jesus’ humility? Jesus’ name is often dragged through the mud in our sinful world. But what Satan intends for evil, God will ultimately glorify. The Father has an infinite delight in the Son, because the Son esteems the Father and chose to suffer the worst of deaths rather … [Read More…] Knowing Jesus: The Great Exaltation

The Magi and Us

  • December 25, 2016
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Its easy to miss some of the central stories of Christmas. Most of us know the common story of the Magi: we enjoy seeing the magi in nativity scenes during the season, and we are familiar with the gifts they brought to Jesus’ family. But what’s Matthew’s main purpose in telling the story of the … [Read More…] The Magi and Us

Putting Others First

  • December 11, 2016
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What does it look like to model Jesus’ selfless humility? Paul points us to a reality that we are naturally selfish and supernaturally selfless. Selfless humility grows in two ways: we have to believe that others are more important, we have to act like others are more important. If we put these things into practice, … [Read More…] Putting Others First