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

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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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Giving, Pride and the Eye

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A religious hypocrite is someone who intentionally creates an illusion. He wears a disguise. He wants people to perceive him to be much more religious and spiritual than he really is. And the way he does this is by making his religious deeds visible, even ostentatious. The problem with the...

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...Until He Comes Back Again

Posted by Doug Gamble on

Jesus’ parable in Luke 19: 11-27 is told in the context of Jesus bringing salvation to Zacchaeus, culminating in Zacchaeus’ change in character from selfish to generous and finding his treasure in Christ. Jesus declares here that he came to “seek and save the lost.” Then...

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Rich but Leprous

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2 Kings 5 tells us the story of a Naaman, a successful military leader of the Syrian army—enemies to God’s people. The text tells us that God had given Naaman his success, and so we are forced to consider why this would be so. As it turns out, this successful man has leprosy and is...

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King David was called "a man after God's heart", not because of any external factors, like physical appearance or personality traits. His frequent times of distress caused him to live in reliance on his heavenly Father. And most of all, David was a delight to God because he loved God and stayed...

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Snippets from Jeremiah

Posted by Nate Foreman on

This Sunday we looked at three different stories from the book of Jeremiah. In the first story, the prophet stands on the threshold of the Temple and speaks out against Judah's empty religion. The people thought they were safe because after all, "This is the Temple of the Lord!" In reality, they...

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