We really like Jesus. He’s kind of a big deal. Jesus is important and what Jesus teaches is equally important. So ask yourself this question: “What does Jesus talk about the most in the Gospels?” Some people think Jesus talks the most about love. Others think that He talks the most about ethics. Others think that it's money. All those topics are definitely important, but none of these ...
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Matt explains why we're doing our current sermon series.
At any given point in time, there are approximately 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. An estimated 293,000 children are at risk of being sexually trafficked in the United States. In 2011, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty.
Remember Magic Eye? Those fuzzy pictures that, if you stared at them long enough, would suddenly form into a razor-sharp 3-D image? I loved those. Actually. I hated them.
Something shifted within me three years ago. My heart was moved in entirely new and different ways upon the birth of my son. Truth be told, I’m more easily emotional than I used to be. I now have to steel myself to prevent weepiness at the stop light when Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children” comes on the radio. Those other drivers just wouldn’t understand.
As a church, we strive to be transparent in all that we do. We also seek to be good stewards of the resources that God has graciously given us. This fleshes itself out in a variety of ways in a variety of areas. For example, when it comes to finances, we make our financial data available online and regularly review and analyze monthly financial statements to direct the mission of our church.
Where are the days of duty and promise, pledges and vows, oaths and formal agreements? Contemporary Western cultures are enthralled by choice and committed primarily to preserving the freedom to withdraw, move on, reconsider and renegotiate. We are faithful to our spouses until fidelity is uncomfortable and inconvenient. We are loyal to our employers until we get a better offer.
One of the most difficult books of the Bible to interpret is Revelation. Luther called it a “moot prophecy.” John Calvin, though he wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible, wrote of Revelation, “I don’t understand it.”