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Last days gospel

Acts 2:1-21 Pentecost is the day that we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the church. Like God gathered some dust together and breathed into the dust to make Adam, Jesus gathered some people together and breathed into those people to...

 

Gentle triumph

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, when we celebrate what’s commonly known as the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem. After a successful ministry in the northern region of Galilee, Jesus comes to the metropolitan capitol in Jerusalem as king...

 

Overcome Evil with Good

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21 (NIV) This quote comes at the end of Romans chapter 12 where Paul is instructing the young church in Rome about how to interact with an often hostile outside world. He...

 

Christmas reconciliation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all...

 

The truth about lions

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one...

 

All Scripture

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work …. I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in...

 

As iron sharpens iron

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid (Proverbs 12:1). Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18)....

 

Submit to every authority?

It seems that, especially in recent years, there’s nothing more American than having strong feelings about our leaders in government. After a tumultuous transition, we got a new president on... Full story

 

Show your work

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” [Wisdom, pleasures, folly, toil, advancement, and riches are all meaningless] Now all h...

 

Come out of her

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4 [NIV])....

 

I desire mercy

“The multitude of your sacrifices – what are they to me?” says the Lord. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood...

 

Self-sacrifice of the God-King

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. Born a king on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King...

 

Irrational faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV). Faith is probably one of the most commonly used words in Christian circles. We talk...

 

Christmas is best

Isaiah 9:2-7 I’m writing this on Christmas Eve, but know it will be published on the 27th. So, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. I’m not gonna try to hide it. I absolutely love...

 

Made a public spectacle

Colossians 2:9-15 Today, I’m going to get a bit deep, but I trust you to follow along as you are very smart (this is an ancient rhetorical device we call shamelessly flattering the reader). I want...

 

Always right

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid (Proverbs 12:1 [NIV]). I love to learn about stuff. You can ask my wife. It’s a habit of mine that often comes as mindlessly as pouring a glass of water. If I hear...

 

Overcome evil with good

Romans 12:9-21 I am saddened and dismayed by the behavior of many of my Christian brothers and sisters on social media. For many, the truth bomb of the meme has become the go-to means of making a poin...

 

God is saving who now?

"In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, 'Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel m...

 
 By Brady Marston    Local    May 31, 2019

Image and community

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth....

 

It's Friday.

Good Friday Greetings. On this most somber day of the year, I'll endeavor to briefly bring a word of hope for us, but before we begin there's some scripture reading I'd like you to do. It's not...

 
 By Brady Marston    Local    March 8, 2019

Changes in the Church

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion...

 

In God's image

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 NIV). What does it mean to be created in God’s image? I remember as a kid being given the Sunday school answer that... Full story

 

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