The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Jesus told the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt (v. 9).”  This verse is important because it reveals the basic reason why Jesus told the parable: to address the self-righteousness of...

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Persistent Love: Return to Me

I’ll admit, the last few weeks in Malachi have been blunt and really in our faces in some areas.  Yet in the midst of that, God continues to appeal to His people to respond first and foremost to His grace and compassion.  Notice what we saw in Malachi 3 this...

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Persistent Love: When Fear Fades

When’s the last time you stood in awe of something?  When’s the last time you’ve been completely captivated in such a way that you are oblivious to what is going on around you?  Maybe you think of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, falling deeply in love, or...

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Persistent Love

This past weekend we began our study in the book of Malachi.  If you’ve read through the book (if you haven’t done so yet, I’d encourage you to do so) it may seem harsh.  But that’s why these first few verses were so important, to emphasize the fact that God’s...

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Church Maturing: Mission Accomplished

While we typically take this time to look back and reflect on the previous text from Sunday, I’d like to have us look ahead to tomorrow.  Tomorrowis the National Day of Prayer.  Truthfully, everyday should be a day of prayer, but tomorrow is a day that as a nation we have set aside to...

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The Church Maturing: Focused Mission

Reflecting back to this past Sunday, two questions kept swirling around in my head. What’s our mission? Am I accomplishing it? Now you can’t even begin to answer the second question unless there is clarity to the first one.  As believers, our mission is bring glory to Jesus.  There’s a myriad...

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