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The Not-So-Good-Friday

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34 | Judas had kissed him off. Nine of the others had escaped into the night. Peter followed, but from afar. Only John navigated the darkness to remain somewhat near. Suspended on a cruel executioner’s tree, Jesus was alone. Alone, that is, but for the strengthening assurance of His ever-present Father. That is u...

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Hosanna! Save Now!

Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, John 12 | They all began chanting the same thing, over and over and over again. The anger and frustration of years of hoped for change seemed to rise to a crescendo this morning outside our city. Authorities desperately worked to quell a swelling riot. It all seemed to start just over the ridge of Mt. Olivet outside the home of a family who ha...

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Reaching As Many As Are Called

Acts 14 | The gospel brings division. Always. Those who receive it find themselves overflowing with irrepressible joy. And those who reject it find themselves overwhelmed by jealousy. It can’t be any other way. In the hearing of the gospel there is no place for neutrality!...

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Possibilities Africa

“And there was an Ethiopian, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasures…and beginning with this Scripture, Philip told him the good news about Jesus…and the Ethiopian went on his way rejoicing!” Acts 8...

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Who Calls? Who Sends? Who Goes?

Acts 13-14 | “I just wish I could know what the will of God is!” “If only God had a Twitter feed…I would know what His will for me is.” “Why can’t God simply send me an e-mail telling me what He wants me to do?” “I’m looking for an Apostle Peter sort of vision, then I would KNOW what God’s will for me is!”...

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A Hinge in History

Acts 11:30-13:4 | First the finance team, then the teaching team! As Dr. Luke penned his documentation of the “Earthly Life and Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth: The Sequel”, it must have read almost inverted. “One who is faithful with very little is also faithful with much…if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the TRUE ri...

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CHRIST-ian: Say It With a Slur!

Acts 11:19-30 “And when he came, he saw the grace of God…” Responding to rumors that there was a growing number of “Jesus followers” in the Gentile city of Antioch, the leadership in Jerusalem determined to send a trusted leader to check things out. After nearly two weeks travel, Barnabas arrived in what would be the “New York City gone Las Vegas” of hi...

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Good to Grace

Acts 9:32-11:18 His seven-point sermon would prove to be the breath of life a "good man" was dying to hear! God shows NO partiality Christ is that God incarnate This Jesus came to set people free The ones He came to deliver murdered the giver of life He terminated the power of death Our Jesus is Good News to EVERYone EVERYwhere By grace alone He forgives every si...

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Life Out of Death

“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say ‘yes.’” Bob Goff, Love Does...

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Silence a Messenger, Scatter the Message

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church!” -Tertullian in 197 A.D. They died the day after my sixth birthday. My Dad and Mom’s response is burned into my memory! Five young men with incredible gifting, Christian “Ivy-League” training, and irrepressible drive bled to death in the Ecuadorian jungle on a 200 yard long sand-bar they had nicknamed...

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