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“Shalom, y’all!”

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If you watch the news or look around, it seems pretty clear that our world is faced with a severe shortage of peace right now. Now that we’re officially locked down here in Tucson, we’ll probably see even more people struggle with this dis-ease.  Hopefully staying at home will help slow the spread of coronavirus. But just staying at home will never cure hearts not resting in Jesus! So what do we do? We turn back to God’s Word, the Bible. As we finish studying the gospel of Luke this Sunday, we will see Jesus offer peace to His followers […]

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Heartburn and broken bread

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I don’t know about you, but life in coronatine is…different! There are many funny and many sad memes and articles online about our current lives of social distancing. And if we’re not careful, we could let it all drive us crazy. So what do we do? Our passage this coming Sunday in Luke 24 has the answer! In the midst of life shattering events we’ll see two guys going through the motions. We’ll see them so preoccupied with life and sorrow that they don’t even recognize Jesus. But there are signs that they missed.  Jesus will bring them back to […]

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Resurrection hope

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These are interesting times. Troubling times. Annoying times. And if we’re not careful, we can let the circumstances get the best of us. I remember a story Howard Hendricks told about a conversation he had with a professor while he was a seminary student. The professor asked Howard how he was doing, and Howard replied, “pretty good under the circumstances!” To which the professor replied, “What on earth are you doing under those?” I think the professor’s point was, as believers we’re not called to live “under the circumstances.” We’re called to live beyond them. We’re called to live with […]

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Clear answers to crazy theories

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There are many crazy theories about what happened to Jesus. Last week we saw the often repeated idea that He’s still dead. In the Bible we see that His enemies tried to convince other people that the disciples came and stole the body so they could start a new religion. We hear that one today too.  Other lies going around say that Jesus never actually died. He just “fainted,” but woke up once He got in the cold tomb. Or maybe it was just a “symbolic death” or “spiritual death” but not an actual death.  This week as we finish […]

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Agreeing with Nietzsche

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Would it trouble you to know that your pastor agrees with Nietzsche? It probably should. But it’s not what you think! Nietzsche famously said: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murders of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?” I agree with SOME of what Nietzsche said, but not all of it! How about you? This Sunday we’re going to look at Luke’s account of the crucifixion from Chapter […]

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From failure to following

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What is the biggest failure or humiliation you’ve ever faced? Maybe it was failing an exam. Maybe it was getting fired from a job. Or maybe it was a relationship not working out. Or maybe it was a personal moral failure? Something you said or did that ruined a relationship or damaged all your hopes and dreams? What was it? Well, I have good news for you. Our greatest failures or humiliation can lead to our strongest hope. The life of Peter is a great example of this truth. Peter swore to go to prison for Jesus and die for Jesus. And […]

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Betrayed!

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Have you ever been betrayed? I mean, just sold out. Maybe it was someone who pretended to be a friend, but later you found out they were talking bad about you. Maybe a boss promised you a promotion, only to leave the company and you before it ever happened. Maybe it was even worse. Maybe a loved one hurt you. Abused you. Abandoned you. Someone very close to you, someone that you trusted, hurt you so much that it still aches. Have you ever been betrayed? Oh, it hurts.  But what do we do? As we continue in the middle […]

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“Great!”

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We use the word “great” way too much. We talk about “having a great time.” Seeing a “great movie.” Last weekend’s Super Bowl was a “great game.” There’s even a cartoon tiger that tries to sell breakfast cereal by saying that it is “great.” And unfortunately, the more we overuse the word, the more we empty it of its true meaning.  The Oxford dictionary defines “great” as: 1. “of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average.” and 2. “of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above the normal or average.” That’s just great! But wait.  If we […]

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God needs no “plan B”

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God has always only ever had one plan to save His people. From before time began, God’s plan has always been to send His only Son to die a painful and shameful death on the cross in our place. No matter our race, nationality, or period of history, all who put their trust in what Jesus did and give themselves to Him will be saved.  The Old Testament points every believer forward to the cross, just as the rest of the New Testament after the Gospels point us back to the cross. In this way, the cross is the center, […]

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“When I think about the world’s end, I feel… “

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How do you feel when you hear the phrase “the world is coming to an end?” Afraid? Excited? Cynical? Some combination of the above? Different people have many different responses to the concept of the world’s end. This week we’re going to tackle these responses in part two of our study of Luke 21, called “The End is Near.” On Sunday we’ll look at the certainty of the world’s end.  We’ll also talk a bit more about the timing, and how we should respond while we’re waiting for the world to end. We’ll see that how you feel about the end of the world is directly connected […]