Bread of Life

I love it when my private Bible reading crashes into the public preaching of the Word.  Last night we heard a great word from Pastor Ryan on Exodus 16 with Israel being provided manna from heaven to sustain them in the desert.  He took us to John 6 as Jesus claims to be the “bread […]

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The Word Became Flesh

John 1:1-18 (aka “the Prologue”) is on of the most powerful sections of Scripture.  It speaks clearly of the deity of Jesus.  “the Word” being in the beginning with God – he was not created – rather all things were created thru Him.  In Him was life and light for men…a light that overcomes the […]

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Flipping and Flopping

In 1 Kings 18, we have the infamous Biblical smack down of Elijah vs. the False Prophets of Baal. It is one of the most awesomest (seminary word) stories in the Bible – I highly recommend reading the whole thing.  (In addition to reading the whole Bible itself of course.) When Elijah arrives on the […]

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Do Not Fear

I love it when the readings in various parts of the Bible display common themes. In Psalm 27, we read several references to not fearing. 27:1 – “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” 27:3 – “Though […]

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Seed sowing and growing

In Mark 4, we read the parable of the sower.  Parables were a kind of extended metaphors using the common topics/characters/things of the day in order to teach truths.  Lots of people could easily relate and understand farming analogies. We read that the sower of the seed cast his seed and it fell in 4 […]

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Psalm 25

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the […]

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Bed Repentance

It was one of those mornings where you are laying awake, perhaps the alarm has already gone off and you have it the snooze already. You know you need to get up…you start to think about stuff. Then conviction happens about something and you need to do something about it. You can (1) feel guilty […]

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Divine Wounding

It was one of those mornings where I read a passage and thought “I really want to understand this.” I prayed for understanding and dug in. The story of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32:22-32 seems so bizarre and out of place, that is until you dig into it, of course. For context, Jacob […]

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Who Do You Say that I Am?

In Matthew 16:13-20, we see another important exchange between Jesus and Peter. 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.” […]

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What’s it worth to you?

In Matthew 13, Jesus unloads several parables on his listeners. What struck me this morning were the two short parables in Matthew 13:44-46 – the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl of Great Value: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and […]

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