Have you seen the news about Easter, this year? Have you noticed the overwhelming, relentless media attention that “Resurrection Sunday” has received? Did you see the Presidential picks about what he believes will be the top ten Easter Celebrations this year? [more...]
Do you hear the Holy Spirit? Do you talk to the Holy Spirit? Can the Holy Spirit hear you? Does the Holy Spirit speak to you? What does He say? Our teaching will come from John 16 and Jesus' promise describing the work of the Holy Spirit.Let’s see what He has to say.
Fruit. I love fruit. Juicy, ripe, ready-to-explode, not just in your mouth, but blow-your-mind sort of fruit. You name the fruit, and most likely I love it. Strawberries, apples, cherries, pears–just saying these words launch a cascade of memories and anticipation. We are going to explore what “Jesus fruit” looks and tastes like. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!”
How would you prepare someone you love if you knew that life as they "knew it" was about to cave in around them? What would you tell them? Is there ...
Nothing so astonishes a fractured, lonely, hurting world as a community in which radical, faithful, genuine love is shared among its members. There are many places you can go to find communities of shared interest. There are many places you can go to find people just like yourself, who are connected by a love for sports or music or politics. But it is the mandate of the church to become a community of love, a circle of Jesus followers who pour into one another because Christ has poured his life into them. [more...]
John 12 is a bridge between two enormous landscapes. The first landscape is Jesus' ministry and the signs revealing his nature--turning water to wine, healing the man born blind, feeding the 5,000, and, of course, raising Lazarus from the dead. [more...]
How do we know God's will? God's will is more than a “what.” It’s more than a “when.” It’s more than a “where.” It’s even more than “how.” Some things are right, but not right now. God is eternal and unconstrained by time or place, but He unfolds His eternal plans, assembling specific people at prearranged places and with precise timing. [more...]
When I was a child growing up in church, choirs were big, had robes and sang massive anthems accompanied by massive pipe organs. There was something majestic about it. One of those historic hymns still echos in my mind: “I’ve seen the lighting flashing, I’ve heard the thunder roll; I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, Trying to conquer my soul. I’ve heard the voice of Jesus, [more...]
Can someone be a “believer” and not be a “disciple?” Consider the words of Jesus. “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32 All over the world people are marching in the streets crying out for freedom. The foundation of our great nation was liberty; the yearning for liberty rings in the heart of humanity. Jesus said that there is one place-really, one person-that can satisfy that hunger, and that person is Jesus. This Sunday we will open our Bibles to John chapter 8 and we will explore this amazing passage.
[quote]We have never heard anyone speak like this![/quote] That was the excuse given by the soldiers sent to arrest Jesus when asked why they returned without Christ in custody. Not because of weapons–words. But what those sent to apprehend Jesus heard were not just words, they were the words of The Word. Why were these men, who were sent to take Jesus, taken with the words of Jesus? Because what the soldiers said was true and what they heard was "Truth." No one ever spoke as Jesus, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63 [more...]