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Missional
November 20, 2016

Mission & Prayer

Mission & Prayer

Here’s the recap: Mission isn’t scary; it’s really just about inviting our neighbors. What’s right in front of you to do? Who is right in front of you to be in relationship with? Because “mission” happens on the way, while we’re doing whatever it is that we do anyway. We have all been rescued from […]

November 13, 2016

Mission starts at the Cross

Mission starts at the Cross

In John 11, Jesus calls Lazarus out of a tomb, raising him from death to life and inviting the bystanders to participate – freeing Lazarus from his grave clothes so that he could put on new life. This miraculous sign caused the religious leaders to start plotting to kill Jesus. Their focus is completely misplaced. […]

November 6, 2016

Jesus Washing Feet

Jesus Washing Feet

Up to this point in the Gospel of John, the writer has painted a picture for us of Jesus, the light, who came into the world to bring life. Now, in chapters 13-17, the writer shows us how God loves us, beginning here in chapter 13 with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. He does it […]

October 30, 2016

Feeding the 5,000

Feeding the 5,000

Jesus sits down to teach and, once again, starts with a question that seems ridiculous. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Six months’ wages wouldn’t be enough to feed all of those people, and he knows it. But, the disciples bring what they have, which isn’t even theirs to begin […]

October 23, 2016

The Man at the Pool

The Man at the Pool

Jesus, as he approaches the man at the pool at Bethesda, knows this man’s condition and asks, “Do you want to be made well?” It’s a simple, and yet extremely important, yes or no question. The man responds with the reason he believes it is impossible for him to get well. It was a yes […]

October 9, 2016

Woman at the Well

Woman at the Well

When we encounter the Lord, who knows all of our history, who knows all about all of our baggage, our best-kept secrets, our perceived realities and the lies we’ve convinced ourselves, Jesus takes our defense mechanisms – our sarcasm, deflected truths, and our verbal spewing – and he redeems it. He exchanges it for living […]

October 2, 2016

Jesus & Nicodemus

Jesus & Nicodemus

Nicodemus, much like most of us, is probably afraid of what others think of him, so he comes to Jesus under the cover of night. Nicodemus, much like all of us, is in need of re-making. The important thing is he comes to Jesus, and Jesus doesn’t accuse or ridicule him. After all, “God did […]

September 25, 2016

Wine and Whip

Wine and Whip

It isn’t about the wine. It isn’t about the whip. What does Jesus do? He shows up in real life; he takes something normal and replaces it with something extraordinary – the best! “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but […]

September 18, 2016

What is Jesus doing?

What is Jesus doing?

Jesus’ disciples weren’t particularly equipped for following Jesus or for leading others who wanted to follow Jesus. Their intentions, like ours, may have been misguided or ignorant. They may even have had ulterior motives. Jesus doesn’t seem to mind. Jesus sees in us what the world does not. He takes our intentions, like He took […]

September 11, 2016

The Church – Rescued Rescuers

The Church - Rescued Rescuers

God didn’t create a mission for the church, God created the Church for His Mission. We are made in God’s image – Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Jesus came to seek and save the lost – to Rescue – as we follow Christ we join in the rescue efforts of […]

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