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What’d You Expect?

Last week we talked about the purpose and the function of marriage and where marriage comes from. We can say all day that we know marriage comes from God, we can strongly fight against some types of marriage, and we can defend the sanctity of marriage, but do we really have a biblical idea of marriage? Do we have our expectations in line with the biblical design for marriage? Where do we get our expectations?   In Ephesians 5:21-33, Paul outlines so much about marriage that gets lost or glossed over when we hit the word “submit.” How can we align our vision of marriage with...


Purpose and Function

Ahhh marriage, such an easy thing to enter into and yet so much harder to stick with. It is the dream of so many little girls when they think about their wedding day with the location, the dress, the amenities, it is all so festive and beautiful. Then comes the reality…1 year, 5 years, 15 years, etc…why did I spend so much time preparing for a singular day of my life when I should have been preparing for the thousands of days to follow and having to live with this barbarian? Then we have the male species, who let’s be honest doesn’t really put a lot...


Pain and Kindness

This Sunday we will step into the realm of understanding Jesus take on pain and suffering. We will see how He views it and how it might differ with our views. We will be reading out of John 9:1-12. Take some time to read the whole chapter if you get a chance and see that what Jesus is leading us into is a greater knowledge of who our creator is. I want to leave you with the excerpt from C.S. Lewis from his book, The Problem of Pain: By the goodness of God, we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this, we may be...


A Tale of Two Fathers

With this Sunday being Father’s Day, I think it is timely and appropriate that we are in the second half of John 8, where the whole rest of the discourse between Jesus and the Pharisees is on the subject of Fatherhood and sonship. There is so much pride and ownership on who a man’s father is that they find their identity as men in this understanding. They claim to be sons of Abraham but Jesus refutes this claim by calling them sons of Satan, who is the father of lies. All the while, He is from the one true Father, the creator of heaven and earth...


The Meek Shall…

What comes to your mind when you hear the word majestic? What about when you hear the word powerful? What do you picture when you hear the word mighty? No doubt all three of these words conjure up images of grandeur, of incredible men and women, landscapes, animals like the Lions, elephants, or maybe the ferocity of a large storm. I am guessing no one thought of a worm, or a small kitten, no one pictured a sewer or landfill. And that is accurate because those things do not describe the three words represented. So what comes to your mind when you hear the word meek?...


All the Poor & Powerless

“We serve an all-powerful God!” That is a line many Christians will quote and proclaim in times of trouble and uncertainty, we use it to encourage other believers when they are struggling with understanding or going through a difficult situation. However, do we really believe it? Jesus, all throughout His ministry was more interested in seeing his power, as God, working through people, than he was showing off what he could do. This is especially evident in John 6 and the miracle of Jesus feeding the masses with just a few loves of bread and two small fish. It is the only miracle along with His...


Jesus & the City

Last week Christy and I celebrated 15 years of marriage by traveling to New York. We spent the week walking around the city and enjoying the sites, sounds, and beauty of Spring in one of America’s largest and most diverse cities. If you have ever watched a romantic comedy or action thriller, most likely many of the scenes were filmed at locations in New York. It is fun to walk and take pictures in spots where some of your favorite movie moments have occurred. Central Park was especially beautiful this time of year and was probably my favorite part of the trip, especially when you’ve juxtaposed...


How will we know?

There are churches all over the place with preachers who claim to be speaking the truth according to God. On the internet we’ll see video after video of men and women who offer moving and heartfelt sermons that make us feel great about who we are and how we should go about our lives. Books abound—written by Christian authors—telling us the way to live and hear God’s voice or how to know His will for our lives. There are pastors so concerned about filling seats they will offer lighter preaching or even biblically incompatible preaching to make people comfortable so they can hear the gospel. On...


To Choose or Not to Choose

The subject of predestination is often a hot button topic in the church. It is considered to be a theological debate best reserved for those who enjoy engaging in that kind of thought and leave the rest of normals alone. However, Jesus talks quite a bit about the Fathers choosing who is his and who is not. Rather than just ignore this concept we are going look at the words of Jesus in John 6:41-48. Throughout all of John, Jesus is using the imagery of bread to get across the necessity of His character and Lordship. I have been saying this extensively over the series in...


God is Speaking…Can you Hear Him?

Many people, both believers, and unbelievers of Jesus have stated, “if only God would speak clearly to me, my faith would be unshakable or my belief solidified.” This is a common thought because we long for empirical physical proof that we may place our trust and validation in something more than a feeling or hunch. This, of course, begs the question, “how do I know God is speaking to me?” This is precisely what we will be looking at this week in our Sunday sermon. In John 5, Jesus heals a paralytic man and is questioned by the religious leaders about the authority to do this...