Jun 16, 2013
Chapter 6: The Bread of Life
Hunger. It’s common to all living things. Our hunger for food is as strong as our desire to live. And yet, the food we eat only brings a temporary and physical life. As humans we are more than just physical beings. Our spirit hungers and longs for sustenance as well. Our soul has a hunger for its lifespan too – eternity! What can one eat that satisfies an eternal hunger? … only one thing – an eternal food. And Christ gives us that food: His Body, the Bread of Life. Today as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we receive that Bread of Life, the Body of Christ!
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  • Jun 16, 2013Chapter 6: The Bread of Life
    Jun 16, 2013
    Chapter 6: The Bread of Life
    Hunger. It’s common to all living things. Our hunger for food is as strong as our desire to live. And yet, the food we eat only brings a temporary and physical life. As humans we are more than just physical beings. Our spirit hungers and longs for sustenance as well. Our soul has a hunger for its lifespan too – eternity! What can one eat that satisfies an eternal hunger? … only one thing – an eternal food. And Christ gives us that food: His Body, the Bread of Life. Today as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we receive that Bread of Life, the Body of Christ!
  • Jun 9, 2013Portraits of Jesus in John’s Gallery – Chapter 5: The Great Physician
    Jun 9, 2013
    Portraits of Jesus in John’s Gallery – Chapter 5: The Great Physician
    The Apostle John makes clear in John 20:31 that his purpose is to exalt the person of Jesus so that people put their faith in Him and are saved. To portray Jesus so that more people will receive Him, John reveals Jesus in a variety of ways that are different in each chapter. Today we see the "portrait" of Jesus as The Great Physician. What makes Him the Great Physician is not that He can heal the body, but that He can heal the soul! The body is still fragile and eventually dies - even those Jesus healed eventually died. Rather, Jesus is the Great Physician because of the healing that He brings to the soul - that's an eternal healing!
  • Jun 2, 2013Portraits of Jesus in John’s Gallery – Chapter 4: The Soul Winner
    Jun 2, 2013
    Portraits of Jesus in John’s Gallery – Chapter 4: The Soul Winner
    Jews and Samaritans had a deep seated dislike for each other, so we are amazed that in Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), it is the Samaritan that is kind to a Jewish stranger, rather than the Jewish priest or Levite. In today’s portrait of Jesus we are similarly amazed that it is a Samaritan woman whom Jesus reveals himself to as the living water and the Messiah. Jesus talks to her about wells, water, worship and wisdom. What can we learn from observing their conversation and her response?
  • May 26, 2013Chapter 3: The Divine Teacher
    May 26, 2013
    Chapter 3: The Divine Teacher
    John 3:16, probably the most well-known verse in all of Scripture, is found in the chapter of John we study today. But what else is in John chapter 3? In fact, what is the context in which Jesus utters his famous words about God’s love being so great as to prompt His sending his only Son to save the world? The context, we will see, is Jesus explaining what it means to be born again. How is one born again? Have you been born again?
  • May 19, 2013Chapter 2: The Son of Man
    May 19, 2013
    Chapter 2: The Son of Man
    In the first chapter of John we see a picture of Jesus according to His divinity – the Word of God. In today’s snapshot from the ministry of Jesus, He is seen in all of His humanity. This scene from the second chapter of John’s gospel pictures a Jesus who is concerned with, and gets involved in, the problems and situations of ordinary, everyday life. In this passage, we encounter a Christ who cares. And we see a picture of a Jesus who can and does come through for His own!
  • May 12, 2013Chapter 1: The Word of God
    May 12, 2013
    Chapter 1: The Word of God
    In John's Gospel we see a side of Christ that the other Gospel writers do not touch on. John was part of that blessed inner circle, that handful of Disciples that was with Christ during some of His most intimate moments. Each chapter presents a new facet of Jesus’ divine character.
  • May 5, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 5. Telling What Happened
    May 5, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 5. Telling What Happened
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)The Bible is clear that only those who will enjoy eternity with the Father are the ones who receive His Son Jesus. He’s the way, the Truth, and the life – and no one comes to the Father except through Him. The theory of evolution has for decades been causing people to deny the truth of the Bible, and their need for a Savior. Without being argumentative, how can we proclaim the Gospel and the reason for the hope that we have? How can we
    defend our faith in Jesus and the objective Truth of the Bible?
  • Apr 28, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 4. Analyzing the Data
    Apr 28, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 4. Analyzing the Data
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)Evidence is just data. What’s important is how one interprets the data. A company’s financial ledger, for example, is just data. A negative bottom line may mean that the company is a bad investment or it may be a good investment – depending on what you believe to be true about that company and their business practices. Similarly, the beauty and complexity of life is a fact. Whether it points to haphazard naturalistic processes or the grand design of a magnificent God depends on how one interprets the data. Today we will compare some different interpretations of the same data. It
    is ours to decide what it implies.
  • Apr 21, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 3. Interrogating the Witness
    Apr 21, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 3. Interrogating the Witness
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)In any kind of trial, various witnesses and pieces of evidence are brought before the judge and/or jury. Their testimony is considered and weighed in light of all the known and verifiable facts. Some evidence is considered circumstantial – meaning that what it indicates is not necessarily relevant in the investigation. The best kind of testimony, however, comes from eye-witnesses - those who actually saw the event in question. Their testimony is further strengthened if there are other witnesses who saw the same things. In some cases, the credibility of a witness is brought into question. Can they be trusted? In regards to witnesses proposing to tell an account of creation, we ask the questions: what or who are the witnesses? Were they really present at the scene? And can their testimony
    be trusted?
  • Apr 14, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 2. Establishing the Timeline
    Apr 14, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 2. Establishing the Timeline
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)Often we are led to believe that the universe is tens of billions of years old. Why is it important for the theory of evolution that the world be so old? Why would it be necessary for humans to inhabit the planet for hundreds of thousands of years? But what does God say about the timeline of His creation? Is it really at odds with what we see when studying the universe, or is it rather a clash of worldviews and assumptions? And if humans did evolve slowly over a very long period of time, doesn’t that
    violate what Scripture says about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden?
  • Apr 7, 2013CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 1. Securing the Scene
    Apr 7, 2013
    CSI: Examining the Evidence of Creation – 1. Securing the Scene
    Series: CSI Creation
    csi pic 7 (2)The Bible is the looking-glass through which people can correctly view the world. Though not a science book, Scripture does portray the history of the universe. How the accounts of God’s creation, when death first corrupted God’s perfect creation, and the global flood are taken by people today – as either historical fact or mythical accounts – will greatly influence whether they put their faith and trust in the Bible as the authoritative word of God. The foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible. If the Bible cannot be trusted, then the truth and hope the
    Bible proclaims is in vain.
  • Mar 31, 2013Easter 2013 – The Impact of Easter
    Mar 31, 2013
    Easter 2013 – The Impact of Easter
  • Mar 24, 201324 – The Crowd
    Mar 24, 2013
    24 – The Crowd
    “Hosanna” means “save us now!” Jesus received great praise as he entered into Jerusalem and the people shouted, "Hosanna. Save us, and do it now!" But that day was also the beginning of the end for our Lord, an end that will culminate in the most humiliating of deaths: by crucifixion. Yet we can rejoice, not for a palm parade, but for the truth that after his death, resurrection and ascension, God exalted his obedient and humble Son to the highest place where he receives all glory as King of kings and Lord of lords, having won for us the forgiveness of sins!
  • Mar 17, 201324 – The Judgment
    Mar 17, 2013
    24 – The Judgment
    Have you ever had a court make a ruling or issue a judgment in your favor? Against you? Does the memory of the process make you squirm? Courts and judgments make us uncomfortable. You may have heard someone say, “it’s not mine to judge.” That raises the question – whose is it to judge? As Christians we believe that God has the authority to judge. As a “just” judge He judges with truth and integrity. What this means is that all sin and wrongdoing must be punished – including all our sins and failures. The good news is that God isn’t waiting to carry out that Judgment against us. No, He has already carried it out. He executed justice when Jesus was judged guilty and crucified!
  • Mar 10, 201324 – The Judge
    Mar 10, 2013
    24 – The Judge
    Judges are often not popular people. When a verdict is determined, the judge is condemning someone to punishment. Good judges have the responsibility to punish wrong doing. In one sense Pilate was a bad judge because Christ did not deserve to die – He had done nothing wrong. But in another sense, Pilate was a good judge because He sentenced Jesus to the punishment that was required – Christ’s death for our sin! Jesus Christ, the True Judge, get’s judged for our wrong doing. Because of that, you and I are forgiven and free. Thanks be to God!