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March 23, 2014: “How to See with God’s Eyes” – John 9:14-25

There is a difference between seeing something with your eyes and seeing a deeper reality through the eyes of faith.  Jesus encounters a man who is blind but comes to see Jesus by faith.  The author show that real understanding of Jesus involves more than simply looking at his words and imitating some of his […]

March 16, 2014: “Grace Which Overcomes Evil” – Romans 5:1-11

During the previous week we explored the nature of evil in the world and how it caused a chasm between God and humanity.  This week we will explore the way God chose to bridge that gap through the person of Jesus, and especially through his death.  Paul reminds us that God took the initiative in […]

March 9, 2014: “Good & Evil: Ignorance or Bliss” – Genesis 3:1-8

Our modern world has succeeded in making information about every conceivable subject available electronically from almost anywhere in the world.  The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 raises the question of whether or not there is more innocence in being less aware of the ways of the world.  How do we preserve innocence […]

March 2, 2014: “Managing Anxiety Through Faith” – Matthew 6:24-34

Much of the anxiety that you and I experience in life stems from the gap between our notions of what our lifestyle should be and the lifestyle we are currently living.  Jesus teaches his followers to live simply and spare themselves the stress of worrying about the basic necessities of life.  The life of faith […]

February 23, 2014: “How To Play Fair” – Leviticus 19:1-18

What is the purpose of God’s laws?  This passage is a small portion of the laws God gave to Israel.  This portion deals with questions of poverty, labor policy, and the integrity of the court system.  These laws show that God’s intent is not blind obedience to an arbitrary set of rules, but to teach […]

February 16, 2014: “Legalism or Love?” – Psalm 119:1-8; Matt. 5:17-20

Are Christians required to follow God’s laws? The Old Testament describes Israel as a people who had an eternal agreement with God to follow certain laws.  Did God change that agreement by sending Jesus? Or did Jesus make them clearer for people to understand?  These passages give us important insights about how to live with […]

February 9, 2014: “Get Salty with Others” – Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus taught his followers that their faith was not simply a private matter of personal conscience.  Faith expresses itself to others through our interactions with them.  Christians are God’s light shining into a world dim with confusion.  They flavor a world that is bland in its relationship with God.  We must continue following Jesus to […]

January 26, 2014: “Fishing for People” – Matthew 4:12-23

What does Jesus mean when he tells his followers that they will be “fishing for people?” This passage recalls OT images to speak of a time when life would be abundant for Israel.  Jesus taught his followers that a similar time was about to come – one where people would experience God’s presence in a […]

January 19, 2014: “Come and See” – John 1:29-42

Many advertisers and publicists today encourage a promotion strategy of “many to many.” People who have found answers or solutions to various problems will ask others to also try that product or service.  Jesus’ movement was founded through God’s power along some of the same lines.  Those of us who have been experiencing God’s transformation […]