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The Growing Kingdom

Luke 13:18-21 Jesus’ mini-parables in Luke 13:18-21 remind us that the kingdom of God can not be thwarted by man. In the first we learn about the Expansion of the Kingdom of God – how something that started so small is growing into a large bush; and where those from every nation come to find rest and shelter. In the second parable…

How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God?

2016 Bible Conference – You Can Trust the Bible Sunday Morning While ultimately it is the work of the Spirit in our hearts that assures us the Bible is God’s word, this morning we look at four testimonies the Spirit may use in creating or strengthening this trust within us: 1) The Testimony of Jesus; 2) the Testimony of the Apostles; 3)…

The Necessity of Repentance

Luke 13:1-9 In this passage Jesus uses two “present day” events to teach many important truths. He reminds us that not all suffering is caused by sin. However – all are in danger of perishing because all are sinners – and because this is true all need to repent of their sins. Repentance includes sorrow over sin and turning from it –…

Jesus – Prince of Division?

Luke 12:49-53 Jesus’ teaching in these verses take us by surprise. First, he talks about bringing judgment into the world – something we don’t like to think about being the case. We like to think he only brings love and peace to all. Before this judgment could come however, Jesus would have to endure the cross so that the elect might be…

Ready or Not – Here He Comes

Luke 12:35-48 One of Christ’s constant themes is our need to re ready for his return. Readiness involves faith – not a dead faith (which is no faith) – but an active one. We are to be like faithful servants who are ready and alert – waiting for their master’s return. We are to be like a homeowner, ready for the thief…

How to Be Free from Anxiety – Part 2

Luke 12:22-34 Anxiety. We all have struggled with it, are struggling with it or will struggle with it. But anxiety is both a thief – stealing our time, our energy, our peace and hope; and it is a sin – for it flows from a lack of faith. While it may seem impossible not to worry – Jesus calls us to just…

How to Be Free from Anxiety – Part 1

Luke 12:22-34 Anxiety. We all have struggled with it, are struggling with it or will struggle with it. But anxiety is both a thief – stealing our time, our energy, our peace and hope; and it is a sin – for it flows from a lack of faith. While it may seem impossible not to worry – Jesus calls us to just…

A Fool and His Money

“I am rich toward God when his glory is my highest goal, when his worship is my deepest joy., and when his fellowship is my deepest satisfaction. I am rich toward God when I offer all my abilities for his work, without reserve. I am rich toward God when I take the time to serve people in need and give the first portion of everything I get to Christian ministry. I am rich toward God when I make the needs of the poor a priority in my financial giving and embrace a simple lifestyle that gives me more freedom for ministry…I am rich toward God when I give and give until all I am and all I have is dedicated to his glory.” (Philip Ryken)