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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Jesus died for your sin to reconcile you to God. Many people often wonder why Jesus had to die. Why doesn’t God just forgive and forget? The Bible teaches that the penalty for sin & rebellion against God is death. As much as we want justice for others, if God truly gave equal justice, you and I would have to die. Jesus came to take that penalty on himself as a sacrifice of atonement. God upholds Justice and Jesus takes the penalty on himself… to redeem and save you.

What Does God Want for Christmas?

What do you want for Christmas - Part 2

It's common to ask what YOU want for Christmas... A special gift? Time with family? Some peace and quiet? But what does GOD want for Christmas. We tend to think that God simply wants us to clean up our act. But as we look through the Gospels today, we'll see that what Jesus wants (even for Christmas) is something very surprising...and ultimately, very peace-giving.

Press on towards Contentment

Is is possible to be content IN a situation even if you are not content WITH the situation? In other words, is it possible to be OK even when the situation is NOT OK? Today, we wrap up the Book of Philippians as the Apostle Paul talks about the Secret of contentment...and ultimately the goodness of God's unearned, unending love.

Press On Towards Grace

Every one of us struggles to put our confident trust in the right places. Too often we put it in ourselves and our circumstances. But in Philippians 3, Paul says, "I've played the human achievement game and it can't be won!" Fortunately, there's a better option...

Press On Toward "Working Out"

We do NOT need to work FOR our salvation. Thank God! But today, the Bible tells that as God works salvation in us, we get to "work out" or reflect that salvation to the people around us. In a world filled with grumbling and disputing, we get to SHINE God's unearned love...and experience unimaginable joy in the midst of it.

Guilt, Anger, Greed, Jealousy

What’s on the inside eventually shows up on the outside. That’s why it’s important to learn to guard our hearts and manage our emotions.

The DRIFT to Legalism

Nobody likes it when people act like legalistic...yet, we are all prone to drift into legalism if the right topic comes up. Today, we spend some time in Galatians to learn how to NOT be legalistic while living the life Jesus calls us to live.

Lost sheep, coin, son

In "Season 2" of our "Make it Make Sense" series, we are beginning with Jesus' stories: the parables. When we lose heart, we don't need to be convinced of anything. We need to be woken up. And Jesus does just that through his stories. He wakes us up to receive his promises and live in fullness of life.

Parable of the Sower

Are we willing to set aside our preconceived notions of God and hear what Jesus says? The world looks at some people and thinks, "There's no chance for them." But to Jesus, they are worth a try...and he is willing to GENEROUSLY shower the seed of his word into their hearts. If we are willing to hear, Jesus says that he will bring LIFE into our lives that we could never imagine.

The Parable of the Talents

In "Season 2" of our "Make it Make Sense" series, we are beginning with Jesus' stories: the parables. When we lose heart, we don't need to be convinced of anything. We need to be woken up. And Jesus does just that through his stories. He wakes us up to receive his promises and live in fullness of life.

The Flood

The story of Noah and the Flood is one of the most devastating stories of God's justice in the entire Bible. Humanity's evil, violence, injustice, and oppression had caused God's patience to run out. Yet, God also extends mercy and remembers his promise to Eve.

Herod & Joseph

What would you do if you came home and found a baby left on your doorstep? Whatever your response, you probably couldn’t just ignore it. The same is true for Jesus. When we look at his claims and calls, we can reject or receive him, but there’s not much room for pretending like he’s not there. Although his presence might feel threatening to things we’ve come to value, Jesus didn’t come to take away what is valuable. He came to give us something better than what we’ve settled for.

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