The renewal of all things is good news to the barren. This news is what causes a weary world to rejoice. But here is what I want you to consider today, you won’t feel the fullness of that joy until you take the time to name the things in your life that are painful, barren and broken. So today is an invitation to reflect on the things in your life that Jesus will renew when he comes again. … More Naming What Needs To Be Renewed
The great promise held out in Jesus’ second coming is that Jesus returns to make all things new. He comes to reverse sickness and death. He comes to defeat evil and banish darkness. He comes to usher in a new creation that sorrow cannot enter. He comes to wipe away tears and end loneliness, for God himself will be with us as our God. … More A Time of Renewal
Advent and Hell And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up … More Advent and Hell
Today we are going to prepare to celebrate Jesus’ second coming by remembering that Jesus is an expansive Savior. His arms are open to all kinds of people. At the wedding feast of the Lamb there will be people from every tribe, nation, background, and race. There will be prodigals and prostitutes. Saints and sinners. People we like and people we are convinced won’t be there. … More More Room at the Table
Today we are going to learn how to celebrate this Advent from Zechariah’s song of praise. In our passage for today we see that after an extended season of silence, Zechariah could finally speak. For him, there was no better way to break the long months of silence than by praising God. So Zechariah filled his lungs with air and ended the silence: Blessed be the Lord God…for he has visited and redeemed his people! … More Zechariah’s Song of Praise
Part of the annual celebration of Advent is an invitation to magnify God for what he has done by thanking him for his presence and provision in your life this past year. So today as an act of intentional celebration, think of the great things God has done for you and thank him for his goodness and grace. … More Mary’s Song of Thanksgiving
I haven’t been doing well the last couple of day. I jacked up my foot about a week ago playing Capture the Flag with the middle school ministry at the church. (In case you’re wondering. I led our team to a 2 – 1 victory that night, but I’ve paid dearly for it since.) But victory isn’t the focus of this post. Trial is. So back to the point.
As a pastor, I often get a front row seat to the brokenness in this world because typically no one calls their pastor to talk about how great life is going. Instead, pastors get called when someone is sick or dying or when a couple is struggling to make it or when the loneliness become unbearable. In other words, people call pastors when they come face to face with the reality that life is hard and suffering is real.
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In Matthew 16:13 – 20, Jesus marks Peter. He calls him a rock and tells him that his future will be filled with strength, constancy and stability. Peter is going to be a guy that prevails, even in the face of great evil.
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