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Advent: He Will Make It Right

Reflection
As the great writing prophets of the Bible knew, sin has a thousand faces. . . . These prophets kept dreaming of a time when God would put things right again. They dreamed of a new age i ...
December 14, 2014
Jones, David
27:47
Acts: Growing Pains

Acts: Growing Pains

Reflection
Any person can stand outside the church and critique its obedience to the gospel. Part of God’s call on a Christian’s life is to walk inside and die to self by relating to other human ...
December 7, 2014
Jones, David
37:31
Acts: Is It Of God?

Acts: Is It Of God?

First Sunday of Advent
Advent is a word that means “coming” or “arrival.” It is a four-week period in which the church remembers the promises of Jesus’ first coming as our Savior, and looks forward ...
November 30, 2014
Crossland, Bob
43:24
Psalms: To Soften A Heart

Psalms: To Soften A Heart

Reflection — To Soften A Heart
There can be no rest to an unbelieving heart. If manna and miracles could not satisfy Israel, neither would they have been content with the land which flowed with m ...
November 23, 2014
Crossland, Bob
33:35
Acts: Truth and Consequences

Acts: Truth and Consequences

Reflection
We must have hearts that are harder than iron if we are not moved by the reading of this narrative [Acts 4:32-37]. In those days the believers gave abundantly of what was their own; we i ...
November 16, 2014
Crossland, Bob
37:54
Acts: When Your Confidence Is Shaken

Acts: When Your Confidence Is Shaken

Reflection
Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made ...
November 9, 2014
Kim, Iron
37:15
Acts: Lame Man Walking

Acts: Lame Man Walking

Reflection
Jesus’ first followers didn’t think, for a moment, that the Kingdom meant simply some new religious advice–an improved spirituality, a better code of morals, or a freshly crafted ...
November 2, 2014
Kim, Iron
40:25
Acts: The New Community

Acts: The New Community

Reflection
The very purpose of Christ’s self-giving on the cross was not just to save isolated individuals, and thus to perpetuate their loneliness, but to create a new community whose members ...
October 26, 2014
Jones, David
36:09
Acts: Cut To The Heart

Acts: Cut To The Heart

Reflection
I have always felt that one of the reasons that Jesus is so widely treated as nice but irrelevant (offering a salvation that nobody really needs), is that people don’t really believe ...
October 19, 2014
Jones, David
34:10
Acts: The First Startup

Acts: The First Startup

Reflection
The mission of the church is nothing more nor less than the outworking, in the power of the Spirit, of Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and thus the anticipation of the time when God will ...
October 12, 2014
Jones, David
35:03
Acts: "You will be my witnesses"

Acts: "You will be my witnesses"

Reflection
The mission of the church is nothing more nor less than the outworking, in the power of the Spirit, of Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and thus the anticipation of the time when God will f ...
October 5, 2014
Jones, David
35:49
Abraham According to the Gospel: The Test

Abraham According to the Gospel: The Test

Reflection
Abraham cannot possess the promises; they are his by privilege and not by right. They are most truly his only when he “offers them up.”
— Thomas Mann
He who loves God without faith ...
September 28, 2014
Crossland, Bob
39:30
Abraham According to the Gospel: The Logic of Promise

Abraham According to the Gospel: The Logic of Promise

September 21, 2014
Crossland, Bob
34:52
Abraham According to the Gospel: The Destruction of Sin

Abraham According to the Gospel: The Destruction of Sin

September 14, 2014
Crossland, Bob
38:46
Abraham According to the Gospel: Two Questions For God

Abraham According to the Gospel: Two Questions For God

September 7, 2014
Crossland, Bob
38:23
Abraham According to the Gospel: The God Who Renames

Abraham According to the Gospel: The God Who Renames

Reflection
We don’t live by faith by reading a rule book, or following a map, or working through a career development program. . . . We begin with God. We dare to believe that God cares who we are, ...
August 24, 2014
Kim, Iron
37:57
Abraham According to the Gospel: Sleeping With Hagar

Abraham According to the Gospel: Sleeping With Hagar

Reflection
Like Abraham, we have received the great and precious promises of God, and strive to believe them in the face of the overwhelming disappointments of life. We find ourselves struggling ...
August 17, 2014
Jones, David
35:49
Abraham According to the Gospel: Doubt and the Promise of God

Abraham According to the Gospel: Doubt and the Promise of God

Refection — Abraham According to the Gospel: Doubt and the Promise of God
A faith without some doubts is like a human body with no antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy o ...
August 10, 2014
Jones, David
34:24
Abraham According to the Gospel: “Living by Faith, not by Sight”

Abraham According to the Gospel: “Living by Faith, not by Sight”

Reflection
There are things, say in learning to swim or to climb, which look dangerous and aren’t. Your instructor tells you it’s safe. You have good reason from past experience to trust him. ...
August 3, 2014
Jones, David
29:23
Abraham - The Call Of God

Abraham - The Call Of God

Everyone is on one sort of journey or another; failure to recognize this is to fail to be human and to suffer great deprivation.  Walker Percy, the late novelist and metaphysician, once said in ...
July 27, 2014
Jones, David

Ruth, A Story Of Hesed: Redemption

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends
Rough-hew them how he will.
— William Shakespeare, Hamlet


The book of Ruth— wherein goodness grows out of goodness, and the extraordinary is found here, a ...
July 20, 2014
Crossland, Bob
32:26

Ruth, A Story Of Hesed: Trust

July 13, 2014
Crossland, Bob
37:02

Ruth, A Story Of Hesed: Hope

The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can’t stand pain. Joy, on the other h ...
July 6, 2014
Crossland, Bob
37:25

Ruth, A Story Of Hesed: Loss

Hesed is one-way love. Love without an exit strategy. . . . Hesed is a stubborn love.
— Paul Miller, A Loving Life


The absence of lament makes a religion of coercive obedience the only ...
June 29, 2014
Crossland, Bob
35:51
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