Pastor Note #45 — Living in Time, Living with God: Part 1–Introduction

  Living in Time, Living with God             I do not have a good natural sense of the passage of time.  Some people are very good at estimating how long an activity will take to complete.  Some folks almost never lose track of how much time has passed between when they sit down to work … Continue reading Pastor Note #45 — Living in Time, Living with God: Part 1–Introduction

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Sermon #28 — Getting Rooted and Grounded in “Forever”– 1 John 2:12-17

How we interact with the "world" is a theme that is regularly addressed in the Bible.  The apostle John digs into that matter here in this passage of his first letter.  I explore a little bit of how the term "world" is used in the Bible.  It is presented in both a positive and a … Continue reading Sermon #28 — Getting Rooted and Grounded in “Forever”– 1 John 2:12-17

Prayer Note #40 — On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers — Nehemiah 1:1-2:9

On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers Nehemiah 1:1-2:9  Nehemiah presents us with a picture of a practical, detail-oriented, can-do sort of man who is also a man of deep, dangerous, desperate prayer.  For some reason, we can sometimes think that the practical and the prayerful can't function in the same heart.  Nehemiah demonstrates that that kind of … Continue reading Prayer Note #40 — On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers — Nehemiah 1:1-2:9

Prayer Note #39 — On Not Being All That I Could Be

Let me have ears to hear you clearly and a heart and mind to understand you deeply and a strong inclination to go as you lead me and to use what you have given me, and so to glorify your name. You have given me many gifts, many resources, many tools.  But mostly I squander … Continue reading Prayer Note #39 — On Not Being All That I Could Be

Sermon #27 — Loving Like Jesus — 1 John 2: 7-11

Love is a powerful, persistent, and sometimes perplexing priority of the Bible.  In his first letter, John works the topic of love hard.  He won't let us weasel out by making love some vague attitude like niceness.  He (just like Jesus and all Bible writers) refuses to allow us to think of love as a … Continue reading Sermon #27 — Loving Like Jesus — 1 John 2: 7-11