The Promise of God

Posted by Jason Wolin on

In our Morning Star Series, we remembered the political situation in which Daniel found himself. Daniel was experiencing prophetic darkness. There was nothing. There was no hope. It would have be easy to look around and conclude that God had abandoned his people and that all was lost. Daniel lived ...

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The Judgement of God

Posted by Nate Foreman on

This week we began our Christmas 'advent' series that we've entitled The Morning Star. The objective is to look at the story leading up to our Messiah, starting in the darkness of the OT exile and ending in the light of his life. We will do this in five messages: The Judgment of God The ...

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The Golden Rule

Posted by Jason Wolin on

Anyone who says “I live by the Golden Rule” has never read it. The Golden Rule says you’re supposed to meet the needs of other people with all of the joy and creativity, with all of the power and intensity with which you meet your own needs. Nobody can do that - ever! It is ...

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What to Ask For

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As we have listened to the words of Jesus thus far in the Sermon on the Mount we run headlong into our own inadequacy and inferiority. We cannot be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect. We are angry people and cannot change. We lust, avenge ourselves, put our light under a bushel, practice ...

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Dying to Self in Marriage

Posted by Doug Gamble on

Dying to self—now there’s a killer topic! But looking at the broad span of the Scriptures, the idea of “dying to self” is nothing new. Joseph, special visionary that he was, was left to die in a hole, and then spent years in dungeons before he was pulled from those graves ...

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Why Jesus Hates Hypocrisy

Posted by Jason Wolin on

If one were to boil down the first 16 verses of Matthew 6 to a point, Jesus is quite simply saying, "I hate hypocrisy." Of course this is nothing new in the Bible. Over and over again, in both the New and Old Testament, we read that God despises hypocrisy - those moments when we pretend ...

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Fundamental Change

Posted by Jason Wolin on

We learned to pray this week, "Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil." This evil Jesus speaks of assaults us both internally and externally. Let's consider them individually. First, we need deliverance from external forces of evil that are too strong for us - attacks of Satan, ...

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Rightly Motivated Asking

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This week we learned to pray, 'Give us this day our daily bread.' This is an expression of our human need for daily sustenance and an acknowledgement of the provider of that need. Sometimes we fear asking God for things, thinking that asking is selfish. But that is not what we learn from this ...

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Kingdom Submission

Posted by Jason Wolin on

The first two lines of the Lord's prayer are lines of declaration and confession, not petition. Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.These two lines confess not just that our kingdom is bankrupt, but that God's ...

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Prayer and Motives

Posted by Jason Wolin on

Matthew 6 begins by warning us not to practice our righteousness before men 'in order to be seen by them.' The main problem with people who serve God in order to be seen by men is that they have the wrong target. What they are aiming for is men's applause. When a hypocrite 'serves God', he's not ...

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