Rejoice in thlipsis?

02/25/15-Rejoice in thlipsis? Romans 5:1-21  Thlipsis is a Greek word that is fun to say but not too much fun to experience. It means pressure, both the outward pressure of oppression and the inward pressure of distress. It is the pressure that forces the unborn baby out of the womb. In the NIV, Romans 5:3-5 thlipsis is translated as…

2/23/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

  February Memory Verse Titus 3:4-5 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:4-5 Rooted Reading Plan DAY  …

02/23/15 – Romans 3:1-31

Note:  I can’t believe I’m missing out on blogging through Romans.  Ug.  Anyway, as a reminder, I’ll be back to blogging on Monday 9 March, and in the mean time, I’ll post the day’s text, in the Message translation, below.  All the best!    Romans 3:1-31   So what difference does it make who’s a…

02/16/15 – 2 Peter 1:1-21

2 Peter 1:1-21   I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Grace and peace to you many times over as…

2/15/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

The Paralytic with Friends   Mark 2:1-12 The water we are swimming in… Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan Communal Faith Jesus saw their faith The Dramas- sins forgiven Which is easier to say? Community We know people who can’t get to Jesus Do you have these kind of friends? Are you this kind of friends?…

2/13/15 – Re-Imagining Love.

1 Peter 5:1-14 Re-Imagining Love. As we’ve known since December 26 (perhaps before depending on which end-caps you happened to pass at Target) that Valentine’s Day was “just around the corner.” For many of us, this holiday can hold a lot of baggage, skepticism, and/or unfortunate memories. But, what if we instead chose to, taking Peter’s…

02/09/15 – 1 Peter 1:1-25

1 Peter 1:1-25   I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten.  God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the…

2/8/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes Jesus Calms the Storm, Mark 4:35-41 Flannery O Conner- A Good Man is Hard to Find Who is Jesus? Just as he was/ Other Boats The Storm Jesus sleeping on the cushion Escalating- We are Dying- Do you not care? Peace Be Still Why are you afraid- Have you still no faith Who…

2/5/2015–Getting by with a Little Help from our Friend

James 4:1-17 Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” is sort of a very, very, very unofficial anthem of mine. I wish it wasn’t. You probably know the song. ‘Ol Blue Eyes stands at the edge of death and begins looking backward. Sure, he’s had regrets. Sure, there were things he would have done differently. But when all…

02/04/2015 – James Is Full of Grace

James 3: 1-18 James is not saying teachers need to be perfect.  My initial reading of this 3rd chapter makes me cringe a little bit.  I’m a first born, I like to act and accomplish.  I like to feel successful and take on big tasks.  I lead and teach.  I am definitely not perfect at…