THE “TO BE” LIST, week two

October 2, 2017

 I Want To Be A Good Listener We all like having good listeners in our lives. They are special people. Of course, the short answer to the above question is, “Listen More!!” Yet how do we make a habit of this and what disciplines and habits help this along? Scripture Reference: James 1:19

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THE “TO BE” LIST, week one

September 26, 2017

New Series: The “To Be” List – This series focuses not on what I want to do, but what I want to be. The next four weeks will be a “To Be” list. I Want To Be Wise How do we become wise? Most of us want this quality, but how do we get there? […]

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week six

September 18, 2017

Be Creative, Shrewd, and Intentional in the Kingdom   This is an odd story. How shrewd are we supposed to be? This story tells us that God gave us creativity and brain power to apply ourselves to making disciples. You can be sure that the world is being every bit as cagey in promoting their […]

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week five

September 11, 2017

Be Prepared! The Boy Scout’s motto is, “Be Prepared!” So too is Jesus’ admonition. Of course, the questions then are, Be prepared for what? and, How do I do this? We will look at this parable to help us prepare for the future in a wise and godly way. Scripture Reference: Matthew 25: 1-13  

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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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