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The Sunday School Answer

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We often joke that “Jesus” is always the answer in Sunday school. No matter what question the teacher asks, “Jesus” is the right answer! It is a joke. Yet it is still true! We can’t go wrong with looking to Jesus! This Sunday we’re going to continue our series on Biblical Community 101 by looking at how Jesus modeled biblical community.  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese! If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online by going through our website: www.tcbcf.org then hit “watch livestream,” or go directly to our […]

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“Foot in mouth disease,” and its cure

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Last week,we started answering the question: “What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?” We saw two big take-aways. The first was learning how to say “No” to ourselves in order to say a better “Yes” to Jesus and His leadership in our lives. We also saw that we must have personal conviction about who Jesus is. The most important question ever asked is, “Who is Jesus?”This is the critical question for us to answer personally, and it is also a very useful question for us to use in our conversations with our friends. In the context of […]

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a rough patch

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We’re about to hit “a rough patch” in Luke. Are you ready? One thing about systematically studying our way through entire books of the Bible is that it keeps us from skipping over the hard parts. The parts that we don’t understand, or worse yet, don’t like or agree with. Oh, we could just “take a little detour” and skip over a section or two, but in the end, we would be doing ourselves a great disservice. If we just look at the parts of the Bible that we like or agree with, or if we just pick out a […]

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The right kind of “Marvel”

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It is no secret that my family and I are all big fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and TV shows. There are a few of them we don’t like, but to say that we’re excited about the release of Avengers: Endgame this week would be an understatement! Will good triumph over evil? Will Thanos (the bad guy)—as seemingly powerful as he is—get what he deserves? Will we be able to make it three hours without getting up to go to the bathroom? We don’t want to miss a thing, because the story-telling and the visual effects are always […]

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“And Can it be?”

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Many of y’all have asked about the hymn “And can it be?” that we sang last Sunday. Would you believe that the song is now more than 280 years old? Charles Wesley wrote it in 1738 right after he came to Christ. Wesley had been a church-goer who knew his Bible well up to that point, but in May of that year he moved from knowing about Jesus to surrendering his life in a personal relationship with the risen Lord Jesus. Read through the words below again slowly, or even sing them if you’d like, and watch the good news […]

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“How’s your heart?”

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This week I got to go to a two-day church conference up in Phoenix. It was really just one afternoon, evening, and the following morning, but those time slots were packed full. There were around 200 pastors and other church staff members there. We heard lots of good ideas for strategies, service projects, and sermons. Many of the speakers have been pastors for years and are leading big staffs at large churches around the country. In fact, I would guess that many of the other churches represented at the conference were pretty large too. It was all very encouraging to […]

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What flag football taught me about the wages of sin

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It’s Wednesday. And I’m still sore. I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it too: “Dude, you’re old and out of shape!” I agree. I am old and out of shape. As Commander Stinger told Maverick in the movie “Top Gun:” “Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” Guilty as charged. Middle-aged men should not pick up and play football for a few hours on a Saturday and expect to avoid the consequences. That’s the thing. It was so fun. It was a beautiful day. We all had a great time of fellowship. While I thought about […]

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“If you’re bored with Jesus, you may be following the wrong guy!”

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Seriously. Are you paying attention? Maybe the better question is, what are you paying attention to? Jesus Christ, the creator of the universe, the sustainer of everything, the Lord of all, is anything but boring. I know that we all have “spiritual droughts” from time to time, but if you’re bored with Jesus, you might need to check where you’re looking. As I’ve been preparing for this coming Sunday’s message from Colossians 1:15-23 I’ve often experienced “sensory overload.”  I find myself looking down at my keyboard and just shaking my head. Tears of gratitude running down my face. Songs of […]