Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018

  "[Love] is not irritable or resentful." - 1 Corinthians 13:5 When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio.  I can't think of a time I've seen her when she wasn't cheerful and kind.  I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I'm...

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Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018

I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you've done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as...

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Lenten Blog 3/7/2018

Love can make us do things that we wouldn't normally do. I've always found it interesting how things that irritate us when one person does them don't bother us when someone else, whom we love, does them. Patience can definitely be one of those things we give some, but not others. Love is patient." (1 Corinthians 13:4) However, God does...

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Lenten Blog 3/6/2018

I am officiating a wedding this weekend and I have been going through some of the more common Bible passages read at weddings.  One of the most popular has to 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.  As we look at the love of Jesus during this Lent season, this passage seemed very appropriate to reflect on.     If I speak in the...

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Lenten Blog – 2/26/2018

Most of us, at least at some point, want to be known for something.  For some, you may want to be known as a great musician or artist.  For others, it may be as a great teacher.  Watching the Winter Olympics, I see a bunch of people who want to be known not only as a great athlete but as...

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God Promises His Grace Is Sufficient

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 Have you done great things?  Do you have the perfect family?  Have you successfully avoided sin?  Have...

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God's Promises – A New Heart

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." -Ezekiel 36:26 When criminals who have been in prison for a long time are released, they often have difficulty adjusting to their new life and re-integrating into...

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Whatever You Ask in My Name…Seriously?

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -John 14:13-14 I love giving things to my daughter.  I like giving her toys and making her favorite foods.  However, I also know that I need...

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Not My Will, But Thine Be Done – Sermon Follow Up

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” -Luke 22:42 This past Sunday at the North Campus we started a sermon series on The Abundant Life (John 10:10).  In the series we'll be looking at what the abundant life is that Jesus offers and how that abundant life is lived...

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Freed to Serve – Sermon Follow-Up

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. —Romans 7:6 This last Sunday we finished up our sermon series, Invited, as we talked about how we are invited to be free....

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Don't Judge Me! – Sermon Follow-Up

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you...

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Take Refuge in Christ – Old Testament Tuesday

"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you." —Psalm 5:11 Life is full of difficulties.  It may be financial struggles, marriage trouble, the loss of a loved one, or trying to come to grips with a horrific...

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Are You Ready? – Video Wednesday

"...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect," -1 Peter 3:15 This video is going around a lot today because it's the ten year anniversary.  Guy  Goma, a cab...

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Mom, You Are Forgiven – Sermon Follow-up

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” -Luke 7:47-48 Yesterday was Mother's Day.  It's a day when we celebrate Moms and tell them how much we love them.  Hearing how much they are loved can warm...

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Off The Chain!

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward...

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Loving Others in a Time of Need

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. -Philippians 2:3-4 I saw a video the other day on Facebook.  A mother of a 4 month old was taking a class at Baylor University.  At the...

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Unity and Forgiveness in the Church – Sermon Follow-Up

"The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, 'You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.' Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:...When they heard this, they had no...

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Some Have Entertained Angels Unaware

"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." -Hebrews 13:1-2 Look at that guy.  You can just tell by looking at him that he's no good. All too often we judge people based on nothing other than...

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Can I Really Do "All" Things?

I can do all things through him [Christ] who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13 You've probably seen this verse before.  It's one of the most popular verses of the Bible.  There are posters, shirts, bracelets, and even entire books dedicated to this verse.  But what does this verse really mean? (more…)

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Old Testament Tuesday: The Sweet Allure of Sin

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. -Genesis 3:6 Ah, sin.  It's vile.  It's evil.  It's destructive.  It's...so...attractive. When satan tempted...

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

"Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are...

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Christ Lives in Me

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20 On Monday's our blog will go deeper into the topic from the previous...

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Who Is Greater?

He must become greater; I must become less. -John 3:30 One of the things I've noticed over the years raising my daughter is how much her world revolves around her.  She wants to know everything that's going on around her.  When someone gets something, she wants to know she can have it.  When someone tells a story, she immediately relates...

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I Don't Need Your Advice!

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." -Proverbs 12:15 Taking other people's advice can be hard.  We like to think we can handle things, that we most thing figured out and what we don't know, we can figure out as we go.  I recently installed a toilet at my...

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Linens and Things

"Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself." -John 20:6-7 Of all the things described in the Easter account, this is a particularly interesting one.  They...

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He Is Risen!!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," -1 Peter 1:3 He is risen!! Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Today we celebrate the victory...

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The Big Cover Up!

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." -Proverbs 28:13 I heard a speaker the other day talking about an incident form his childhood. He had been playing in a room where he wasn't supposed to play. It was the room his Mom kept her Hummel figurines. While playing he accidentally...

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." -Proverbs 16:3 It's Monday (sorry to remind you).  You probably have your week all planned out.  But did you pray about your plans?  Have you committed them to the Lord? (more…)

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