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Waiting on Jesus

Remember Black Friday before the internet? Waiting in lines to get those special after Thanksgiving deals? Even if you aren’t old enough to remember or aren’t a shopper, the concept of waiting in line is universal. It seems like we spend most of our lives waiting on something. We wait to get out of school, then we wait to find a Mr./Mrs. “Right”; we wait to start a family, then we wait for the kids to get a little older;…

Gaius Goes to Church

Before email and text messages, most written correspondence was done through letters. Unlike modern forms of communication, letters didn’t come with a thread of what had already been said by the other person. Reading another person’s letter only gives us a portion of the full story. Third John, the shortest book in the Bible, is more like a postcard written by John to a man named Gaius. While we can’t know everything that was going on in Gaius’s church, this…

Standing Firm in Truth and Love

In the state of New Mexico, there is a small town by the name of Truth or Consequences. The name change happened in 1950 to coincide with a game show hosted by Ralph Edwards. The residents of this town are the first to admit that after the name change, weird things began to happen daily. To this day the town is known as a “Weird Town with Weird Happenings.” There was not a Truth or Consequences town or game show…

Idol Free

We love surprise endings. From the revelation of Darth Vader’s true identity to the shocking ending of The Sixth Sense, Hollywood has made a fortune blowing the minds of moviegoers. While the end of John’s first letter isn’t the script for any major Hollywood motion picture, it can have the same effect on its reader. Join us for the conclusion of 1 John where we learn the secret to understanding God, our true identity, and living life in Christ. I write…

Skeptics

Some people say we are living in the “age of skepticism.” From social media spin doctors to outright fake news, there are certainly many reasons to be skeptical. How do you distinguish those who use religion and faith to manipulate and mislead from those who are proclaiming the truth? This is not a new problem for the Church. From the very beginning of the Christian faith, there have been those who have distorted and perverted the teachings of Jesus. Jesus…

Dim Reflections

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” We gaze into mirrors to see the reflection of the only face we cannot see directly – our own! Some are fascinated with their own reflection (Narcissus), some play the comparison game (Snow White’s evil queen), and some avoid self-reflection all together. As followers of Jesus we are called to be transformed into the image of Christ, but how, exactly, does that happen and what does it look like?…

Are You In Christ

John is calling the Church to walk and live in the light and love of Jesus Christ, so they can witness to the world and help bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. John calls his community not to sin but lets them know if they do, there is grace. However, the goal is not to sin. John lets us know that the only way to live in the light of Christ is by being in Christ. If…

How Do We Know

How do we know what we know? This may seem like a simple question, but it is one with which philosophers and theologians have wrestled for centuries. It is even more complicated when we talk about things like faith and spirituality. John wanted to assure his readers that what they believed about Jesus was true. As one of the last living witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, he was uniquely qualified to offer that assurance. Join us for part 1 of Love Letters as…
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When the City Comes to You

Jesus said to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the field” – the “field” was the mass of humanity – the city – that was coming toward Him. Later, Jesus wept as He overlooked the city of Jerusalem, before issuing His final directive to His disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Join Sunday as Pastor Gary shares three major changes we must make if we are going to be a church that is For…

Hiding in the City

The thought of impacting the city can seem overwhelming. Rather than allowing the size of the task paralyze us, we must recognize that the city begins when we cross the threshold of our house. We change the city by doing for one what we wish we could do for all. The person you stand behind in the line at the coffee shop or the cashier who serves you at the grocery store may be a person in whom God is…

Standing Out in the City

Being in the city comes with unique opportunities and challenges. Jesus called His followers to be salt and light. How are believers called to influence the city by standing out in it? Join us for part six of For the City where we will explore a famous Bible story about three young men made the risky decision to stand up against the culture of their city.  King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He…

Being for the City

It is often said that Christians are to “be in the world, but not of it,” but what, exactly does that mean? How immersed in culture should Jesus’ followers be? How effective would we be if we completely isolated and insulted ourselves from the culture around us? Would we stand out as salt and light if we completely embraced culture? Join us for part five of For the City where we explore God’s directions to the Babylonian exiles and consider what we might learn about relating to our own…