Archive for February 2013

Lazarus, Come Out

by Chris White
2012-09-02 John 11:28-44
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

by Drew Sutherland
2012-08-26 John 11:17-27
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm |

Extravagant Worship

by Chris White
2012-09-16 John 12:1-11
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

Hosanna

by Drew Sutherland
2013-09-23 John 12:12-19
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

Love It And Lose It

by Chris White
2012-09-30 John 12:20-26
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |

The Burden Of Glory

by Drew Sutherland
2013-10-07 John 12:27-36
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

Jesus Came to Save

by Chris White
2012-10-14 John 12:37-50
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

Servant < Master

by Drew Sutherland
2012-10-21 John 13:1-20
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

And It Was Night

by Chris White
2012-10-28 John 13:21-30
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm |

A New Focus

by Drew Sutherland
2012-11-04 John 13:31-38
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

by Chris White
2012-11-11 John 14:1-7
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

Do You Know The Father?

by Drew Sutherland
2012-11-18 John 14:8-14
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

If You Love Me, You Will Keep My Commandments

by Chris White
2012-11-25 John 14:15-24
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm |

Jesus Makes it all Better

by Drew Sutherland
2012-12-02 John 14:25-31
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm |

The True Vine

by Drew Sutherland
2012-12-09 John 15:1-11
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm |

You Had To See This Coming

by Drew Sutherland
2012-12-30 John 15:18-25
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

To Keep You From Falling

by Chris White
2013-01-06 John 15:26-16:4a
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

This Is a good Deal

by Drew Sutherland
2013-01-13 John 16:5-11
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

The Spirit of Truth

by Chris White
2013-01-20 John 16:12-16
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm |

This Is Eternal Life

by Chris White
2013-02-03 John 17:1-5
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Published on February 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm |

Now You Get It

by Drew Sutherland
2013-02-10 John 17:6-11
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Published on February 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm |

Not out and not of

by Chris White
2013-02-17 John 17:12-16
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Published on February 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm |

Romans 1:13-16

Paul starts by assuring the believers in Rome that he had by no means forgotten about them—he simply had not been able to free himself from prior obligations for long enough to make it there. Travel can be difficult for us, but once we make plans, get tickets, and make our arrangements, we can be anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. For Paul, he had all the same logistical issues we have, but his actual journey would take months or even years. So, though he had a great desire to get to Rome, it was no small task.Read more ...

Published on February 20, 2013 at 1:12 am |

Romans 1:17

The Gospel—the power of God for salvation—is the vehicle by which the righteousness of God is revealed.  God is perfectly righteous—He always fulfills all His obligations. God is never lazy, selfish, distracted, thoughtless, or unkind. He always does what He is “supposed to.” We cannot say the same about ourselves. We are unrighteous.Read more ...

Published on February 21, 2013 at 2:08 am |

Romans 1:18-20

We have seen that the righteousness of God is revealed in the Gospel (good news about Jesus) through faith. Now we learn that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all men who suppress, or push down the truth with unrighteous behavior. Verse 18 is a parallel to verse 17 but it sets the righteousness mercy of God in contradistinction to the self-centered unrighteousness of mankind.Read more ...

Published on February 23, 2013 at 3:38 am |

Romans 1:21-22

Cognitive dissonance is something we have discussed at some length in my church. Writer Kendra Cherry said, “The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.”Read more ...

Published on February 23, 2013 at 3:39 am |

Romans1:23

The previous verse told us that mankind in our “wisdom” has become fools. This verse gives specifics. It says that mankind forsook the worship of our glorious God and traded that for the worship of other things. This verse mentions an illegitimate religious experience involving idols of various shapes. It is easy to dismiss this glibly and roll our eyes while conjuring mental pictures of the people of Israel forgetting God and Moses and building the golden calf. This is a fair and legitimate mental picture, but it is not the whole picture.

We each have our own ways in which we forsake God’s glory for idols. It is simply our idols which differ. Yours may be relationships, money, success at work, recognition from peers, possessions, children, body image, entertainment…the list is endless. The bottom line, however, is that we each have things in our lives which vie for our attention. Those things to which you give your attention, your time ,or your focus are the things which potentially can wrestle your attention away from God.

It is a good thing to be a parent. It is a good thing to be a hard worker, make a good living and take care of your family. It is a good thing to be in shape, and it is a good thing to be a good friend. Yet, each of these things (and many more) can be the thing for which you exchange the glory of God and become a fool.

A well-known Christian leader often says, “When you take a good thing and make it a god thing, that is a bad thing.” That is so powerfully true in this discussion. Let God be God. Keep the other things in your life in their proper place.

Romans 1:23  They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Published on February 24, 2013 at 3:17 am |

Romans 1:24-25

Because the human race (starting with Adam and Eve and continuing all the way to modern day) has rejected God’s plan and followed our own inferior plan, God has allowed us to face the consequences of our actions.Read more ...

Published on February 26, 2013 at 1:54 am |

Romans 1:26-32

The human race en masse has rejected God and his plan and has placed an extravagantly unhealthy level of importance on the things God has created rather than on God Himself. The result of this is that God has let us follow our own choices to their end. Paul describes these as dishonorable passions.Read more ...

Published on February 27, 2013 at 2:42 am |

Romans 2:1-2

The end of chapter 1 supplies a list of sinful behaviors which are the result of rejecting God’s plan for our lives. It is easy to pick one of two and make them the center of your campaign to prove that the people who practice those are “super-sinners.” God warns us to be very careful.

If this passage were really all about one or two sins, some people would be blameless. However, we are told that we all fail in these areas. This does not mean that we all err in every one of these ways, rather the list is varied enough that each of us violates God’s perfection in some of these ways.

So, when we point the finger and say, “I can’t believe that you…” God tells us to slow it down a notch. Paul tells us that God will rightly judge those who are critical and harsh to others while giving themselves a pass.

Remember, we never excuse wrongdoing. We never put our stamp of approval on evil (our own or that of others). We are truthful and explain God’s expectations as clearly as we can. However, we understand that we are all sinful. Each of us needs the grace of God. When we get self-righteous and judgmental, we effectively lie about ourselves, claim personal innocence, and we will receive the judgment of God for that.

Romans 2:1-2  Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.  2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things.

Published on February 28, 2013 at 1:10 am |

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