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I’m Third!

Written by Amanda Giobbi | December 22, 2010 | Luke 13 - 15

Things we already know about the book of Luke:
• He’s writing one of the books called the “gospels”
• He relied heavily on eyewitnesses to tell of the accounts he writes of
• He focuses on detail within the story
• He also focuses on joy
• He hung out with Paul on his missionary journeys
Fun facts about Luke 13-15
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Good Gifts (Luke 10-12)

Written by Nina Schmidgall | December 22, 2010 | Luke 10 - 12

There is so much goodness in these passages, it is hard to know where to begin.  But it is Christmas!  So, let’s talk about Christmas! 

Christmas has always been fun.  But, not since being kids ourselves has Christmas been as exciting as it is now that we have small children in our house.  Everything seems more magical through their eyes!  We are letting them eat cookies and treats.  Lights …

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The Cross at Christmas (Luke 7-9)

Written by Heather Zempel | December 22, 2010 | Luke 7 - 9

The most important question ever asked in Scripture is found in Luke 7:20: “But who do you say that I am?” In one of Peter’s better moments, he answers with confidence and clarity, “The Christ of God.” Jesus then begins to expound on what that means. The next seven verses contain cheery talk of crosses and death. First, Jesus announces that he will die. Second, he challenges his followers that …

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Luke Book Background

Written by Will Johnston | December 20, 2010 |

Luke is the first book in a two part series, the second being Acts.  It is named after it’s author, Luke, who was a physician from Antioch and a companion of the Apostle Paul.  He wrote during the first century AD, probably the early 60s, and was primarily addressing Gentile Christians.

The book of Luke presents several key themes:

God Possible

Written by Andy Pisciotti | December 16, 2010 | Isaiah 61 - 62

As a humble five year old, I believed that anything was possible.  My faith in God was absolute, and in turn, I knew that I could accomplish anything because my God was with me.  With age, I’ve learned to underestimate what is possible.  It’s a painful character flaw.  If my life were an ancient literary epic, you might even call it my tragic flaw.  Thankfully, Isaiah comes and proclaims redemption.  …

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Apocalypse Now

Written by Kurtis Parks | December 14, 2010 | Isaiah 65 - 66

These last two chapters of Isaiah are pretty downright scary… but they’re also hopeful. The prophet paints a picture of the coming judgement, both for those who listen to the ways of the Lord, and those who reject His ways. Isaiah speaks of the New Jerusalem, when heaven and earth collide in glory, which is the hopeful portion of this passage. Then there’s the judgement portion. It doesn’t take a …

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Isaiah 51-53

Written by Reagan Chaney | December 12, 2010 |

Lately I have had this overwhelming need to define my life by success, but I have also had this overwhelming feeling to live and work to serve others and do what is best for the greater good. So needless to say there is on going internal battle. Here’s my question, why can’t I do both?

Isaiah chapters 51-53 has some important information and awesome things happen, but as I …

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Fumbling around in the Dark (Isaiah 48-50)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | December 11, 2010 | Isaiah 48 - 50

When I was thirteen I entered my home after babysitting. It was late and the lights were off. I opened the door, took one step into the house and before I could get to the light switch I got to my brother’s extensive-yet-quite-annoying matchbox car city all in the walkway of our house. I lost my balance and tumbled to the ground. I remember coming close to cursing my brother …

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Treasures In Darkness- Isaiah 44-47

Written by Andy Pisciotti | December 10, 2010 | Isaiah 44 - 47

Today it seems as if the burdens of the NCC staff are palpable.  We’ve exchanged our usual Friday hilarity for what a co-worker described as “a somber day”.  From my desk in the front office, I’ve witnessed sorrowful tears, hopeful prayers, and embraces of encouragement.
 
Have you ever had a day where you can say the same? 
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Hezekiah’s Prayer (Isaiah 36-38)

Written by Heather Zempel | December 8, 2010 | Isaiah 36 - 39

This passage of Scripture describes the invasion of Jerusalem by Sennacherib and the Assyrian Army. It was such a critical moment in the history of Judah that it is recorded here, in 2 Kings 18, and 2 Chronicles 32. It is also believed that Psalm 46 may have been written by King Hezekiah about this incident. Shortly after that, Hezekiah was told to get his estate in order because death …

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