God’s mission! Who me?

Max Lucado asks, “What if, for 24 hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, takes on your schedule? Your boss becomes his boss, your mother becomes his mother, your pains become his pains? With one exception, nothing about your life changes. Your health doesn’t change. Your circumstances […]

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We’re putting the band back together

We’re putting the band back together. One of the funniest movies ever, “The Blues Brothers.” It’s the story about the redemption of paroled convict Jake, and his brother Elwood. They are on a “mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up. To do so they must reunite their blues band and […]

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The real danger of discipleship

I can imagine a Pastoral Search Committee meeting with a candidate: “Pastor, tell us how you understand church membership.” “Well, you must hate your father and mother, your wife and children, your brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Then you must be prepared to die for the cause. Jesus said, anyone who […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” The 1967 film classic — is the story of the daughter of a well-to-do white family, who comes home to announce her intentions to marry a well-to-do African-American physician. The groom’s family also comes to dinner to Learn that their son wants to marry a white girl. This might seem […]

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Sabbath – rules, work, or living?

Do any of you know how many commandments there are in the Old Testament? How many rules there are? Any guesses? 613. Just think … we can hardly remember ten! There are 365 negative commands, “Thou shalt nots!” and 248 positive commandments (You shalls!) For the Pharisees – that was it – to know and […]

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Where did the angry guy come from?

Jesus has been hanging out in Galilee — crowds continue to gather and grow wherever He goes — he’s a pretty cool guy. He’s been healing, casting out demons. He’s even trending on Twitter. His teachings feel reassuring, cozy. He tells his followers not to worry — consider the birds of the air, and the […]

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Job finally sees God

Here we are at the climax of the book of Job. You will recall the story of Job thus far: how Job was a good, upright man, doing very well for himself. What an upstanding father and devoted man of God he was, offering sacrifice on behalf of his children just in case they might […]

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The “good Samaritan” today

A few years ago, a few people kept seeing the hungry, homeless, and hurting, and so they stopped in their busy lives and decided to do something to help them. Many other people also saw them — but kept going, did nothing. (I’m talking about pastors, churches and culture in general). But because these few […]

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Where is God?

Where was God? Where is God? Feeling forsaken and abandoned, it seems to Job that God is silent — or sleeping. Betrayed by his wife, his friends, Job’s not buying the “it’s-some-sin-in-his-life” as the reason that caused all of this suffering. And Jesus’ disciples? Exhausted and filled with fear — their boat filling with water. […]

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