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Living a Joy-filled Life

posted May 6, 2018, 4:30 PM by web feat

We all want to live happy lives, and we all want to be loved. But the secret to both is a far cry from what the world would have us believe. Jesus points the way to what will give us a joy nothing can take from us.

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love...You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. But remember the root command: Love one another." 
(from John 15:9-17, Eugene Peterson's "The Message")

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He Cares That Much

posted Apr 22, 2018, 3:02 PM by web feat

Who is this Jesus, and why should we trust him? How is he different? As told in the Book of John:

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him." (from Eugene Peterson's, "The Message")

And in contrast to the many then and now who make big promises while looking out only for their own best interests, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. He gave his LIFE for us. Yes, he cares that much.

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What's the Point?

posted Apr 1, 2018, 1:15 PM by web feat

In this 1 Corinthians 15 passage, Paul passionately reminds his followers about "the Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved." 

He reminds them, "that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me."

But what does this mean for us? What's the point, if we're not living as God called us to live? And what does that look like?

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The Time Is Now

posted Mar 18, 2018, 1:29 PM by web feat

Who was this guy Jesus? Who was this one who brought a dead man back to life? People wanted to see him, but did they understand? Were they willing to follow where he lead? He tried to tell them...

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

 “If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.  [Eugene Peterson's "The Message"]

His words are for us as well. Like the seed, things in us must die for us to fully live. Our purpose is to follow him, letting go and reckless in our love. And the time is now.

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Pondering God’s Love

posted Mar 11, 2018, 3:44 PM by web feat

Life can be full of challenges that can seem insurmountable. But God is always there for us. As the Psalmist writes,

"Some of you wandered for years in the desert,
    looking but not finding a good place to live,
Half-starved and parched with thirst,
    staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God.
    He got you out in the nick of time...

...Some of you were locked in a dark cell,
    cruelly confined behind bars,
Punished for defying God’s Word,
    for turning your back on the High God’s counsel—
A hard sentence, and your hearts so heavy,
    and not a soul in sight to help.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time...

...Some of you were sick because you’d lived a bad life,
    your bodies feeling the effects of your sin;
You couldn’t stand the sight of food,
    so miserable you thought you’d be better off dead.
Then you called out to God in your desperate condition;
    he got you out in the nick of time... [from Eugene Peterson's "The Message"]

It is time we ponder God's great love for us, and be grateful.

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They Crossed the Line

posted Mar 4, 2018, 1:52 PM by web feat

As we reflect on the 10 Commandments during this time of Lent, we here this story, and see a stark contrast between God's word and the practices at the Temple. God's law was being twisted in ways that blatantly took advantage of the people, while lining the pockets of the leaders:

When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.

Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall!” [from Eugene Peterson's, "The Message"]

It's a time to ask ourselves, how might we be falling short in our own faith practices, or twisting them to our own advantage? 

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Making the Impossible Possible

posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:35 PM by web feat

It's easy in difficult times to give up, to think there is no hope. But the Scriptures give us some vivid examples of God making the impossible possible when one is willing to believe. Consider Abraham:

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said...

...But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God. [From Eugene Peterson's "The Message," Romans 4]

God's plans for our lives may be different than His plans for Abraham, but He is no less present. 

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At the Heart of It All

posted Feb 11, 2018, 3:28 PM by web feat

It's a passage we typically hear at weddings, but it's more radical than we realize. And it applies not just to couples starting a new life together, but to all of us. We are to love everyone without judgement, even if it makes us uncomfortable. Even if we disagree. Even if we are of different races and religions.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (From 1 Corinthians 13, Eugene Peterson's "The Message")

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We Hate to Wait

posted Feb 4, 2018, 2:29 PM by web feat   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 3:20 PM ]

Even though we have been hearing these stories all our lives; even though we know God created our world and knows everything, inside and out; even though we're told that God is working in it all - we hate to wait. And we can grow weary with worry. We want our answers now.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40:31 - Eugene Peterson's, "The Message")

It's worth the wait!

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Facing Our Demons

posted Jan 28, 2018, 3:02 PM by web feat

We all have them, whether we like to admit it or not: those parts of ourselves that we may be ashamed of, or may feel are not really us. Maybe it's a bad temper that seems to come from out of nowhere. Maybe it's an addiction we feel we can't control. Maybe it's a deep fear that drives us to bad choices. The good news is that while we may feel powerless, God is not. We too can be freed from our demons. But first, we have to face them, and be open to change.

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