THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week four

September 5, 2017

There’s Always Trouble in the Kingdom We want life to go well and to be easy, especially in church, yet this often doesn’t happen. Today we look at the parable of the weeds and wheat. Wherever you want to grow something good there too are weeds. Why? Scripture Reference: Matthew 13: 24-30

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week three

August 28, 2017

I’m Too Small “I’m too small.” This or some other variation of thinking prevents us from not just serving, but even trying to serve. Today we are encouraged by the mustard seed quality of the Kingdom. Scripture Reference: Matthew 13: 31-32

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week two

August 21, 2017

The Kingdom is Always a Bargain!! We often think of the cost of discipleship. But do we ever wonder about the cost of non-discipleship? In business a delay in buying is called opportunity cost. At any price the Kingdom is worth taking hold of, in fact it is a bargain. Scripture Reference: Matthew 13: 44-46

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week one

August 16, 2017

How Do I Get Into The Kingdom? We can in fact stumble in by our need and faith in God. It is not by a list of do’s and don’ts (correct behavior) or theological accuracy. We enter when we really deal with who we are and who Jesus is. Scripture Reference: Luke 7: 36-50

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PRAYING THE LORD’S PRAYER, week seven

August 8, 2017

Affirming Our Requests in God’s Nature The final part of the Lord’s Prayer is not in, “the earliest manuscripts.” So what does that mean? However, the ending that we recite certainly is rooted Biblically. This week we look at how our feeble words have power as they become rooted in God’s nature. Scripture Reference:  Matthew […]

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PRAYING THE LORD’S PRAYER, week six

July 31, 2017

Keeping Us From Harm One wonders if always testing us and allowing us to be buffeted by opposition is God’s preferred way of teaching us. Can’t we learn the easy way? Asking to be shielded from temptation and evil seems to suggest it. Scripture Reference:  Matthew 6:13

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GRACE IN THE MIRROR

July 25, 2017

This week we welcome Western Theological Seminary student, Sergio Reyes, to CLC. Sergio will help us to reflect upon ourselves and how fallen we are… but also upon how much God loves us. Scripture Reference: Romans 1: 18-32

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PRAYING THE LORD’S PRAYER, week five

July 18, 2017

Forgiveness, A Need as Basic as Daily Bread Forgiveness is key to the Gospel message. To participate in the Gospel and the Kingdom of God, we must learn both to receive forgiveness and to extend it. It’s not “natural” and therefore we need help. Jesus shows us it is every bit as important to life […]

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PRAYING THE LORD’S PRAYER, week four

July 10, 2017

Asking For What We Need. Is There Power In Prayer? Asking is an essential part of prayer. One wonders why we might be reluctant to do so. Today we will look at the dynamics of asking and our confidence in God as we do so. We want to experience the power of prayer that Jesus […]

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PRAYING THE LORD’S PRAYER, week three

July 5, 2017

God’s Partners In Bringing In The Kingdom When does God’s Kingdom come? When does it start? This phrase of the Lord’s Prayer implies that God is coopting us to bring in the Kingdom. Is this the expectation? If so, we certainly need to pray for help. Having said this though, what more satisfying endeavor could […]

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