Tag: The Story

The Canaanized Church

Loving God should be the easiest, most natural response in the world.  Why then is it often so difficult to love him first and only?  The book of Judges tells us; we don’t love God as we should when we forget who he is and what he has done. My Sunday School class today got […]

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Going All in

A sad event happened at  church today.  I sat down to write this blog about all the good things that happened at church today but just can’t stop thinking about it.  For some time now we have had a visitor coming with her children, one of whom is a little boy with autism.  He brings […]

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Wafers and Whine

Moses is my new Bible hero. In our Story Group tonight we talked about what it was about Moses that won him the title “meekest man in all the earth” (Numbers 12:3). As we pondered that thought it became obvious that there are very few people in history who could be put in the position he […]

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Covenant Living

I’m not sure how Jewish people might take my comparing the Torah to an “Instant Nation Kit” but my guess is, not well. However, I was not intending to be offensive. Frankly, I marvel at the brilliance of God providing everything needed so that Israel could “hit the ground running.” They were prepared to enter […]

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I Am the Lord Your God

I really liked the analogy of Pharaoh and God in a boxing ring. Pharaoh’s defiant attitude seems to fit that of the over confident boxer who greatly underestimates his opponent. God’s allowing one punch to be thrown before he completely dismantles all the powers of Egypt is like the superior fighter allowing his foe to […]

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Joseph’s Coat

Rubel Shelly once said that Joseph was the Forrest Gump of the Old Testament.  I’m still not sure if I agree with that characterization, but I have to admit that Joseph certainly knew how to “roll with the punches.”  I don’t know if Joseph’s intellect was childlike, as was Forrest Gump’s.  However, Joseph had a […]

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Partnering With God

Someone asked me this morning if I was still writing my own sermons.  The question arose because of all the material we are using in connection with The Story.  It’s a good question.  We have curriculum for our Bible classes and also for our Story Groups.  It would make sense if they also supplied the […]

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Who are you?

Right after I bit the apple this morning, I knew that was a mistake.  I realized that the chews required to fully pulverize that bite was far more than my audience would want to witness.  After swallowing the not quite fully chewed mouthful, I had another problem: little bits of apple and skin moving around […]

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The Whole Story

Sunday’s most repeated question, “Since you covered the whole story this week does that mean I don’t have to come for the next 31 Sundays?”  Answer: “Only if you think I covered everything that needed to be said about the Bible in a single 30 minute sermon.”  It was good to take a BIG picture look at […]

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