Spy The Lie – Part 5: Law/Grace

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal. You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven (2Pe 1:3). The Devil poses no threat to the Christian (1Pe 5:8). The consensus of pagans, […]

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Spy The Lie – Part 4: Spiritual Authority

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal.  You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven (2Pe 1:3).   The Devil poses no threat to the Christian (1Pe 5:8).   The consensus […]

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Spy The Lie – Part 3: Discerning Truth

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal. You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven (2Pe 1:3). The Devil poses no threat to the Christian (1Pe 5:8). The consensus of pagans, […]

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Spy The Lie – Part 2: The Devil

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal. You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven (2Pe 1:3).   The Devil poses no threat to the Christian (he is only concerned w/kids […]

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Spy The Lie – Part 1

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal. You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven. 1.1. The fact that God will judge everyone according to their deeds proves we have what […]

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The Power of Loyalty – Part 2

  (Mat 6:19-24)  In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus reveals the power our discretionary and belief loyalties possess not only for determining who we truly serve (who we are loyal to as King), but also for producing the salvation-essential attributes of affection (for God) and conviction (in regard to the Word of God). Our confidence that loyalty […]

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The Power of Loyalty – Part 1

(Mat 6:19-24) In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus reveals the power our discretionary and listening loyalties possess not only for determining who we truly serve (who we are loyal to as King), but also producing the salvation-essential attributes of affection (for God) and conviction (in regard to the Word of God).  Our confidence that loyalty is indeed […]

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Six Shiny Words For Easter

Act 17:22-31 These verses represent Paul’s Mars Hill (Areopagus) address to the Athenians. In it we find six “shiny” words to think/talk about when you spend time after the sermon stuffing your face and fellowshipping for Easter. Why I refer to them as “shiny” = They are words that (in their context) evoke the kinds […]

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The King’s Code

The King’s math 1.1. Christ = King (Luk 23:1-2) 1.2. Love = Loyalty (Joh 14:15) 1.3. Upgrade = Sacrifice (Phi 2:5-11) 1.4. Holiness = Intolerance (of sin) (2Co 7:1) 1.5. My King is King > All other Kings (gods included) (Mat 28:18). 1.6. My King’s reboot > than your best life now. (Rev 21:1-5). 1.7. […]

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The King’s Team

Nobody gets to heaven by themselves. Why? Because Christianity is a team sport. We need to be on the King’s team, the church. More than that, we need to be doing our part to see that the King’s team is a success. Here then is what you need to know about the King’s team and […]

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The Return of the King

Though we cannot know the exact day or hour (Mat 24:36), the evidence strongly suggests that we be prepared for our King to return in approximately 25 years. Year 6000 will mark the end of human history and the return of our King. (2Pe 3:1-10): 1.1. We need to remember that Jesus and the apostles […]

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Covenant Life Groups

(Act 5:42) = Notice there are two different venues where the apostles met with the church for teaching and preaching: 1) “Temple” = larger venue (Act 5:12 – “Solomon’s Portico” = Court area outside the Temple): On the Lord’s Day, the entire church came together for corporate worship (~15k people), 2) “house to house” = […]

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Meet Your King – Part 3

Jesus was the perfect man. But what kind of man (or human) was He? What things did He care about? What things did He not care about? Where or with whom did He spend His time? How did He respond or react to others? How did He come across to others? How did people view […]

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Meet Your King – Part 2

Jesus was the perfect man. But what kind of man (or human) was He? What things did He care about? What things did He not care about? Where or with whom did He spend His time? How did He respond or react to others? How did He come across to others? How did people view […]

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Meet Your King – Part 1

Jesus was the perfect man. But what kind of man (or human) was He? What things did He care about? What things did He not care about? Where or with whom did He spend His time? How did He respond or react to others? How did HE come across to others? How did people view […]

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The Christian Goal

Albert Einstein once said,  “if you want to live a happy and productive life then you need to tie that life to a goal.” With such words, Scripture agrees. Proverbs 29:18 states, “where there is no vision (or goal), the people perish”. Simply possessing a goal however is not enough. It needs to be the […]

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Answering The Fool

  Because God’s wisdom has always been counter-cultural (1Co 1:20-30), the veracity of the church’s message has always required she also possess the ability to refute the folly raised by the culture and its fools (Pro 26:4-5; Tit 1:9). “There are many interpretations.” 1.1. IOW: We cannot be confident that what we believe (or how […]

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The Winter Holiday Jesus Celebrated

(Joh 10:22) Christmas is sometimes referred to as the “season of lights.” And though Jesus never celebrated Christmas, He did (as our text indicates) celebrate another “winter” holiday which took place at roughly the same time, one also associated with lights: “The Feast of Dedication” or “Hanukkah” (Heb. to dedicate). For eight nights (during this […]

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Doing Family According To Jesus – Part 3: Correction, Trust, & Loyalty

Having finished our discussion on Jesus’ radical view on family, it is important that we (now) consider its application to our everyday lives. In other words, that we understand what doing family according to Jesus it looks like. With regard to the world’s values or expectations, conversations with outsiders, and fellowship with those not welcomed […]

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Three BIG truths about salvation found in three LITTLE verses

(1Pe 1:1-3) That God’s mercy is great toward us is proven by the fact that He designed a backup plan to save us if messed up the original plan. 1.1. (1-2a) = According to Peter, God’s plan to save people like us (to “elect” “exiles” like us – people previously w/o God’s mercy – i.e. […]

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