Aug 29 2014

Begin Again: TGIF: Gratitude for New Life

This week I was blessed to be allowed to hold a week old puppy. He was amazingly soft! His mama was happy to snuggle up against my side while I held her tiny treasure. After a month of deep and meaningful, this episode of light and joy was truly welcome. I simply sat and stroked the…

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Aug 29 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Surrender Your Life-Style

Matthew 16:21-28

 


21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”


 

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. 28 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom.”

 

Common English Bible (CEB)

 

Meditations:


1.       How might love sometimes stand in the way of mission?


2.       How can someone else’s love for us be a temptation to us?


3.       How often does the Church act on human thoughts assuming that they reflect God’s thoughts?


4.       Is Jesus asking us each of us to give up our life, or our way of life?


5.       Have you ever found something as soon as you quit looking for it?


6.       If the Kingdom has already come (verse 28), where has it been hiding?

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Aug 28 2014

Mitchell Lewis: All Available Resources

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries issued a statement today related to Mission Concerns for Refugees and Human Rights in Iraq. The statement contained this paragraph: On August 8, United Methodist Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of North Carolina, … Continue reading

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Aug 28 2014

Chad Brooks | Worshiping A God Who Comes To Our World: Productive Pastor 21: Sermonsmith and John Chandler

I have been waiting for this episode for months! I sat down with John Chandler, host and producer of the Sermonsmith podcast and learned from him. John interviews a different preacher on each episode and it is a wealth of knowledge about the craft of sermon preparation. The List: How I Prepare for Expository Bible […]

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Aug 28 2014

ponderings: Sermon: Go Down, Moses

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Aug 28 2014

Chad Brooks | Worshiping A God Who Comes To Our World: My Sermon Workflow

Let me share with you the sermon workflow I have developed over the last few years. It has been extremely helpful and gives me plenty of time to work on sermons throughout the week and ALWAYS be done on Thursday. I then get a day off (Friday) without stressing about my sermon and an almost […]

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