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Biblical Race relations

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Race has been a hot topic in our country for a while now. This year it seems exponentially hotter! So many events, news articles and stories bombard us with race related issues. It is even affecting sports. Race relations are a big deal in our country right now. So, what does the Bible tell us about race? Many things! I won’t go into all of them here. But I will say that in our passage from 1 Peter this week, we will see a perspective on race that repeats itself throughout the Bible. We will see that in reality, there are […]

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From hope deferred to hope directed

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Have you ever hoped for something? I mean really hoped that it would happen. Hoped that you would get THAT job or THAT promotion. Or you hoped that you would get into THAT school. Maybe you hoped to be in a relationship with THAT person. Or any person. You hoped. Maybe even pleaded with God. Yet it didn’t work out the way you hoped.  Probably all of us have experienced this kind of disappointed hope at some point in our lives. It hurts, doesn’t it? Proverbs 13:12 tells us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” That’s a great way to describe […]

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Living hope

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This Sunday we’re continuing our fall sermon series from First Peter: “TCBC into a Hostile World.” This week we’re going to see that living life as an “elect exile” means resting our lives on living hope.  Just what does that mean? We’ll see where living hope comes from, how we live out this living hope, and what others have said about this living hope.  We’ll meet this Sunday at 9:28 for English, or 11 for Chinese. Please wear a mask, prepare to spread out, and come a few minutes early to have your temperature taken on the way into the building. But more than that, […]

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“The Hall of Faith”

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Hebrews chapter 11 is often referred to as “the hall of Faith.” The chapter refers back to many Old Testament saints whose trust in God led to action. And right in the middle of the chapter we see this summary:  “13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would […]

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Labor and rest

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Like just about everything else in 2020, it is shaping up to be a unique Labor Day weekend. Normally many of us would be traveling. Or maybe having friends over and grilling burgers. For most people, Labor Day marks the end of summer and beginning of fall. I guess here in Tucson it doesn’t really work that way. But no matter where we are in the states, most people look to add an extra day of rest and recreation to their weekend. But it will most likely look different this year.  Don’t we all crave more rest? Don’t we all […]