Blog (Page 2)

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April 5, 2018

The resurrection of Christ is the basis for future hope. How practical Christ’s resurrection is—precisely because Christ has been raised, we can tell those looking into the casket of their loved ones that this is not the end of the story. If your loved ones believe in Christ then even though they have “fallen asleep” they have fallen asleep “in Christ” (1 Cor. 15:18). And…

April 4, 2018

The resurrection of Christ saves. Perhaps the most sobering statement Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 15 is that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (15:17). So often we limit our understanding of salvation to the death of Christ. And certainly the death of Christ, as Paul says in Romans 3:25-26, is the very basis of our…

April 3, 2018

The resurrection of Christ is the fuel that ignites our preaching to a lost world. Ask yourself this: Would your preaching look any different if Christ had not risen from the dead? If your answer to that question is no, then there is a serious problem. For Paul, the resurrection of Christ made all the difference in the world when it came to preaching. If Christ has not…

April 2, 2018

This week’s blog is pulling from a very well written article in the gospel coalition.   Does the resurrection of Christ matter? Does it truly make a difference? The apostle Paul sure thought so. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul was faced with the startling news that some in Corinth denied the future resurrection of the body. Such a view was adopted by many in the…

March 30, 2018

Good Friday We’re taking a step away from our conversation about bringing today because today signifies the cost that had to be paid. Today signifies the day Jesus took on a cross and sin for us. Instead of spending all your personal time reading about what Origins says happened on this day, we suggest you take some private time, read the text below, and remember what God…

March 29, 2018

Why this Sunday? Easter is a huge opportunity. For whatever reason, people are more apt to accept to go on Easter than they are any other Sunday. Maybe all the eggs and bunnies and sugar get people in a better mood and they accept. Maybe it’s not that. Either way, they’re more willing this weekend than any other time. Because we know we’ll have more guests than normal on…

March 28, 2018

So, it’s just about numbers? In a way, yes. And hear me out before you throw your screen and call someone to report heresy. It’s about numbers. It’s about each individual number. It’s about the life each number represents. It’s about the new beginning each number represents. It’s about the changed stories each number stands for. It’s about the numbers because the numbers…

March 27, 2019

Why is this uncomfortable? Sometimes sharing your faith can be uncomfortable. Well intended pastors have made us feel guilty about this, saying it’s because we’re ashamed of Jesus, but is that really true? Telling someone about our faith, inviting them to experience something we value so much, is a scary thing. It leaves us vulnerable. It opens the door to another part of…

March 26, 2018

In this week we’ll be looking at one of our anchors, as we discussed on Sunday morning – bringing. So over the next five days, we’ll look at what bringing really is and why we think it is so important. Monday: What is bringing? I used to attend a church that would go every Wednesday night on “visiting” and “door to door” trips. These people loved Jesus, wanted…

March 23, 2018

Don’t get angry over God’s disciple and direction   In Proverbs 3:5-12, we’re told that we should trust God and not our own understanding. We’re told that God wants more for us than we know and he cares for us more than we can imagine. However, we need to trust him and not grow bitter or angry when he redirects.   It’s easy to get mad when God says no. It’s easy…

March 22, 2018

When God takes something away, he creates space in our lives for more of Him.   Sometimes the thing we want in our lives can pull us away from him. The security we crave pulls us away from trusting him. The excitement we long for is just a distraction from a heart that’s longing. We need more of HIM and so often we settle for cheap knockoffs.   God wants more…

March 21, 2018

Are we more concerned with getting what we want than seeing where God wants us?   In the passage we saw this week, we saw a God who wanted something greater than David could have ever imagine. David was worried about building a house and God was working on building a kingdom. David was worried about what he wanted and missed everything God was trying to do.  …