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Prayers From "Lessons From The Mountain Top"

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2017 Scripture Reading Plans

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This year we will be providing several different reading plans throughout the year. Choose the one that's right for you and join us as we study His Word. ...

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He is Risen - Let's Celebrate the Savior - What to Know About Easter

Dear Church Family, As we prepare for the celebration of The Resurrection, I wanted to write you a quick note of encouragement. Easter is the "High Holy Day" of Christianity. It is a day that commemorates the historical event of the raising of Jesus from the dead. All of human history turns on the events we remember this weekend. Here are some ways we can prepare for this...

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How to Persevere

2 Timothy 2 Paul writes Timothy as his own life is about to come to an abrupt end under the decree of CaesarNero. Paul's main emphasis throughout this letter is simply: "Don't give up and don't give in." He wants Timothy to finish well and avoid the trap that so many fall into, including the trusted companion Demas who, "in love with this present world, has deserted me....

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All the promises of God find their "Yes" in Him!

2 Corinthians 1 (2 Cor 1:20) For all the promises of God find their "Yes" in Him! Paul's statement in verse 20 is one that every believer should commit to memory. What an amazing promise! Everything the Father has committed to us find their fulfillment in Jesus and their confirmation in Him. We can trust what He is going to do in the future by His track record in t...

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Now concerning spiritual gifts...

1 Corinthians 12 There is something in each of us - something deep in our hearts - that leads us to rank ourselves in comparison with others. You would think we would have learned by now that this rarely plays out well. I know that for me personally, I am either (1)leftdespondent - feeling inferior or (2)I attempt to "one-up" those in my "category," or (3) I eitheridolize...

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Paul's Practical Theology

1 Corinthians 7 In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul gets very practical in what is already a very practical letter. He addresses marriage, singleness, divorce, self-control, lust, sex in and out of marriage and contentment. (7:1-5) Paul tells married people that it's okay to have sex. It sounds strange that he would have to say that, but the Corinthians were people (like us) or e...

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Nothing except Jesus crucified

1 Corinthians 2 (2:1-5) When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, ...

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Luke 21 Commentary

Luke 21 I wanted to thank Scott Butler for writing my blogs for the past few weeks (great job) and Linda Butler for her amazing editing. Today, I thought it would be helpful to simply give you a solid commentary of what many (me included) find to be a difficult passage to understand. The following is from "The Bible Knowedge Commentary"by the faculty of Dallas Seminary....

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The "Summer" Gospel

Luke 1 I am really enjoying our reading plan. I especially like that the plan has us reading a different Gospel every season. Winter was Mark's Gospel, Spring was the Gospel according to Matthew, Fall will be the Gospel of John and Summer (beginning today) is Luke. The four Gospels are all biographies of the life of Jesus written in the first century either by eye witn...

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How to pray for our Great Adventure teams

Colossians 1 Paul begins his letter to the Church of Colossae with his standard, greeting, thanksgiving and prayer. From his prayer for this young church, we can learn much about how to pray for one another and (in light of this being BYBC week) our Great Adventurers. If you ever struggle with how to pray for another believer, just turn to the prayers of the Apostle Pau...

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"AS IF!"

Ephesians 6 Paul ends this letter with a "bang" as he lays out practical instruction for the natural world, while reminding us that our real battle is happening on a supernatural level. He tells us that, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of e...

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Chosen

Ephesians 1 Ephesians chapter 1 is the kind of chapter where I don't really know where to begin. There is so much here to digest, to wonder over and to thank God for. However, there is a clear theme that is repeated again and again throughout the chapter. That theme is the sovereignty of God in our salvation and in our lives as a whole. Paul doesn't get past verse 1 befo...

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Practical Theology

Romans 12 When I was a student at Columbia Bible College, I remember one of my professors (Dr. Bill Crabb) making the following statement: "If your theology isn't practical, it's probably not biblical." At the time, I wholeheartedly agreed with him, but for all the wrong reasons. Now, I still agree with Dr. Crabb, but for all the right reasons. Let me explain. By the t...

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Will the real Christians please stand up.

Matthew 25 A few days ago we read this sober warning by Jesus in Matthew chapter 7: (Matthew 7:21-23)"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mig...

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Watch Your Mouth!

Matthew 15 "Watch your mouth!" Those words take on a significantly more serious tone when they come from Jesus instead of just your Mom. But, that is exactly what the Lord warns us about in Matthew 15. Jesus warns His disciples: (Matthew 15:18-20)"What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, mu...

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Gospel Manifesto

Matthew 5 Matthew chapter 5 begins Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. I believe that it is, hands down, the best sermon ever preached! Of course, when God Himself is preaching in the power of the Holy Spirit and ever word He speaks is Scripture, can there be any competition? John Stott referred to the Sermon on the Mount as, "The nearest thing to a manifesto that Jesus ever utt...

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The Judge is Standing at the Door

James 5 One of the things I really love about the book of James is that it doesn't end. By that I mean that James is sharing hard truth and calling for clear application until his very last word. James has a lot to say and packs it into five brief chapters. For me, the most moving part of chapter 5 is when James describes the return of his big brother. In words that so...

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Galatians 6

Galatians 6 I don't know about you, but I love the final chapter of New Testament letters. They are like the "catch all" chapter. It's like the author gets to the end and the Holy Spirit decides to hit you with 10 random and very practical applications. Galatains 6 is no exception to this rule. (Galatians 6:1-2)Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you wh...

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Our Emancipation Proclamation.

Galatians 1 We have been studying the book of Galatians on Sunday mornings for the past 4 weeks. I love this little letter! It only takes about 15 minutes to read the whole thing and yet I know that I'll be attempting to apply its truths for the rest of my life. Here are some of my jumbled thoughts from my sermon prep and my quiet time. If we embrace the message of Gal...

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Shadow & Substance

Hebrews 9 In Colossians 2:17, writing about Old Covenant ceremonies and festivals,Paul states,"These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ." That verse could serve as an explanation of much of what we have been reading in the book of Hebrews... especially chapters 8 and 9. In Hebrews 9, I find much for which to thank God. (Hebrews 9:...

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Hebrews 4

Hebrews 4 When we decided to read through the New Testament this year, our thought was simply this: Is there anything we could do this year that is more significant than helping our people meet daily with their Heavenly Father? Is there any discipline in the Christian life that could more profoundly impact our church family more than spending time in God's word? I must ...

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Obstacle or Opportunity?

Acts 26 It was Teddy Roosevelt who said,"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." In Acts 26, the apostle Paul dares mighty things. I love this chapter...

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Tell Me Your Story

Acts 22 (Acts 22:15) "For you will be a witness for Him to everyone of what you have seen and heard." The Book of Acts is exciting, amazing stuff! And it is also very encouraging.I am encouraged that the greatest evangelist ever, the Apostle Paul, would often default to simply sharing his personal testimony. Paul had an awesome intellect, was highly educated,skilled in...

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The Unknown God

Acts 17 Great chapter! Paul ministers is three very different cites, facing opposition in each while remaining faithful to the gospel.If you are looking for an example to follow, Paul is a pretty good one! Thessalonica -(Acts 17:2-3) ...he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from th...

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Praying for the Persecuted

Acts 12 This passage begins with the sober news that Herod, "killed James the brother of John with the sword." As I read this sentence, my thoughts landed on John - the little brother who was left behind. What if you were John and youreceived news that your brother and best friend had just been martyred for his faith in Jesus? How would you feel? How would you respond? ...

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Stephen's Standing Ovation

Acts 7 Stephen makes his entrance in Acts 6 and his exit in Acts 7. He isdescribed as being "Full of grace and power." Grace and power is an unusual, but awesome,combination. It's kind of like "sweetness and strength."You will need both to be an effective witness for Jesus. These two chapters tell us that Stephen was "Full of grace and power," "Full of the Spirit and o...

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...they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4 A couple of Sundays ago, I kicked-off our new sermon series, "Follow Me," with a message from Mark 3. The statement that really jumped out to me in that passage was, (Mark 3:14) "He appointed twelve that they might be with Himand that He might send them out to preach." Before they were called to do stuff for Him, Jesus wanted them to be with Him. In Acts 4,...

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Do This Again Lord!

ACTS 2 Holy Spirit You are welcome hereCome flood this place and fill the atmosphereYour glory God is what our hearts long forTo be overcome by Your presence Lord ("Holy Spirit" by Bryan Katie Torwalt) I love the books of Acts. I love the boldness of the Apostles, thegenerosityand selflessness of the saints, the growth of the church, the clarity of the message an...

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Stay Awake

Mark 13 The Gospel of Mark moves so quickly. If you were to read it in a single sitting, it would only take you about 45 minutes. Just 45 minutes to tell us the story of the most significant person in the history of the world. These 16 brief chapters walk us through the 3-year ministry of the Savior. As the story reaches its climax, there is a shift in the tone. Jesus i...

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Setting Your Mind on the Things of God

Mark 8:1-38 I am so thankful that the perfect scriptures honestly record the imperfections of its people. (Mark 8:4) - The disciples want to send away 4,000 hungry people, even though Jesus had already proved (Mark 6) that He could feed 5,000. (Mark 8:16) - Jesus warns them about the heart attitude (leaven) of the Pharisees and the disciples think He's upset tha...

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“They Took Offence At Him”

Mark 6:1-56 In Mark chapter 6, Jesus goes to His hometown with His disciples and begins to teach in His own synagogue on the Sabbath day. This is a great opportunity for Jesus to be a blessing to those who have known Him the longest. (Small town boy makes it big!) (Mark 6:2) and many who heard Him were amazed. "Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's ...

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“Whoever Has Ears to Hear, Let Them Hear.”

Mark 4:1-41 Parables are confusing, right? In fact, they can even be a little bit frustrating. Why is that? Because, there is something in me, let's call the "Consumer," that expects truth to be handed to me in the most simple and palatable way possible. Now, I don't need a "silver platter," but I don't want to work for it. Parables cause us to work for it. Parables mak...

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“We Never Saw Anything Like This”

Mark 2:1-28 It has often been lamented that, "familiarity breeds contempt."But, I think more often, it simply breeds indifference. It's kind of like this. Every now and then I imagine how awesome it would be to live somewhere really beautiful (California, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii), where I could wake up ever day to stunning scenery that would take my breath away. But, I...

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"The Time Has Come"

Mark 1:1-45 The Gospel of Mark hits the ground running. There's no introductory genealogy. There's not an elaborate backstory with a description of Jesus' miracle conception and birth. There's not even much of a theological explanation of what you are about to read. There is simply, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." What does this tell me a...

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“Behold My Servant!”

"Behold my Servant..." The opening words to this passage are what we will be spending the rest of the year (and all of eternity) doing. Isaiah probably seems like a strange place to begin a read-through of the New Testament. After all, Isaiah wrote these words around 700 years before the birth of Christ. Regardless, that is exactly WHO he was writing about, and this p...

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A Year Through the New Testament

I read today that, "The most important skill for 2014 is deciding what you will pay attention to." In an age where we are absolutely overwhelmed with things vying for our attention, we each need to decide......

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: New Partners in the Gospel

This Sunday we're making a big announcement about future partners in the Gospel....

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