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Jesus is Humble

Written by Maegan Stout | March 31, 2010 | John 7 - 9

John 7 and 8 are intense chapters. People question Jesus’ character and mission; they respond to him out of confusion, ignorance, and division. They demand he prove himself to them, and question his authority. His own brothers even say, “If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!”

Throughout these two chapters Jesus replies, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me… …

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Here nor There

Written by Jeremy Sexton | March 30, 2010 | John 4 - 6

Jesus sits down at a well and asks a woman for a drink. She’s a Samaritan and cannot fathom that he would ask her for this. If she only knew it was also the Son of God asking. Jesus proceeds to speak to her things a normal man could not possibly know and she is blown away. There’s something about being known. When someone close to you remembers something about …

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What do you want?  John 1-3

Written by Dave Schmidgall | March 29, 2010 |

John is a consummate writer, skilled in nuance and allusion.  There is an inviting simplicity in his writing, but it is a simplicity that conceals a depth of insight.  He’s the master of the “aha” moments.

He does this right away.  I would argue it is common for people to look for ways to free ourselves from the humdrum, escape as often as possible into ecstasy, devise ways to live …

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Book Background: John

Written by Heather Zempel | March 29, 2010 | John 1 - 3

By John Hasler

The book of John is the fourth of the Gospels, which begin the New Testament of the Bible.  John, the apostle, is credited with the authorship of this book.  Over the years, there has been some debate as to when this book was written.  The most agreed upon date however, is that it was composed in the late first century (AD 80-100)
John, unlike the other …

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New Series: MIRACLES

Written by Heather Zempel | March 29, 2010 | John 1 - 3

Today, we move on from our “Tears” series and launch into a new set of readings in a series titled “Miracles.” When we read John 11:35, we are confronted with the harsh reality that tears and miracles often go hand in hand. As Jesus stood before the tomb of his friend, he wept. It’s one of the simplest yet most moving verses in all of Scripture. Those tears led to …

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You Don’t Want To Get Rebuked By Jesus Do You?

Written by Ross Middleton | March 27, 2010 | Mark 15 - 16

Then Believe! So much happens in these last two chapters but I want to focus on the spirit of faith. So lets think about Jesus’ disciples. They hung out with him for several years, watched him do miracles, including raising Lazarus from the dead and they get to listen to the most anointed preaching in the history of mankind. They even got to eat a few of his miracles, I …

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Don’t Be a Lazy Old Dog Mrk 13-14

Written by Andy Pisciotti | March 27, 2010 |

In Mark 13-14 there is a lot going on and a lot to handle both physically and emotionally. It’s almost like everything is going well in your life and you feel like you are in a groove and then all of the sudden you get a report from the doctor that you don’t know how to handle. Or you receive the pink slip at work and you have no idea …

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Inaugaration of the Passion Week Mark 11 -12

Written by Chris Jarrell | March 26, 2010 |

In just a few days, we will be observing Palm Sunday, the day that inaugurates the Passion Week.  Of course, Palm Sunday in our reading today is also called the The Triumphal Entry.  Chapter 11 begins a new section in the Gospel of Mark.  Beginning in chapter 11, we begin to observe a series of deliberate Messianic actions.  A clue to this is actually found in Zechariah 9:9, Rejoice, O …

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Mark 9-10

Written by Andy Pisciotti | March 25, 2010 | Mark 9 - 10

What is faith? In the very last verse of Mark 10 Jesus tells Bartimaeus, “Go for your faith has healed you.” Bartimaus has just cried out to Jesus to have mercy on him, despite heckling from the crowd, and despite being blind, for some reason Bartimaus understands that Jesus can help him to see. How does he know? Has he heard stories of what Jesus has done?

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Mark 7-8

Written by Andy Pisciotti | March 24, 2010 | Mark 7 - 8

Jesus continues on His journey in this world, and I am constantly amazed at the pace of Mark’s gospel.  It just continues to go and go- Jesus is on the move.  And already in chapter 8 we get a foreshadowing of His death and resurrection.  What i really want to focus on here however, is the mixture of miracles and teaching that is laid out by Mark.  Jesus clearly addresses …

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