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2016 Advent Daily Readings

November 21st, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Devotionals, Events, News
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The Advent season is here! To help us all prepare for the coming of the Christ child, consider using this devotional as a guide for your daily readings.

Lent Primer 2016

February 2nd, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Devotionals
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Lent Primer 2016
Please see the 2016 Lenten Guide here. It includes an overview of the meaning of Lent, making the most of Lent, and a schedule of our Lenten services. We hope this guide will be helpful and give you some ways to reflect on what it means to follow Christ through Lent.

Lent 2013 Lectionary Bookmark

February 12th, 2013 by kaitlynn Posted in Devotionals
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We’ve created a simple Lent Lectionary schedule you can see the full version of here and view or download and print as a bookmark. We hope it’s a helpful guide to take you through John’s Gospel during Lent and give you some ways to reflect on what it means to follow Christ through Lent.

Lent Lectionary bookmark 2013

God’s Hidden Deliverances

November 16th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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By Matthew Mason. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall. In this post we consider 1 Samuel 27-30.

In chapters 24 and 26, when Saul was given into David’s hands, David refused to take revenge. But even after this, Saul still sought his life, and so in desperation David flees once more to the Philistines (27:1). (more…)

Learning from a Knucklehead

November 9th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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By Matthew Mason. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall. In this post we consider 1 Samuel 25.

1 Samuel 24 and 26 tell very similar stories.  In both chapters, Saul pursues David, seeking to get his hands on him, but instead, God gives Saul into David’s hands. Yet both times David refuses to take revenge on his enemy; instead he spares Saul’s life, entrusting himself to God’s just judgment, knowing that God will avenge him.

Between these two stories, two things happen. Samuel dies (25:1), and David encounters Nabal (25:2-42). It’s a long chapter, and it seems to interrupt the narrative of David’s relationship to Saul. But it’s important to the story because Nabal is Saul’s alter ego, and David’s interaction with him is a training ground for what lies ahead. (more…)

Why Has God Wrecked My Perfect Life?

November 2nd, 2011 by Aaron Damiani Posted in Devotionals
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By Aaron Damiani. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall. In this post we consider 1 Samuel 21-22.

Some of us have memory of a better time.  Perhaps you can recall a season of your life when all seemed to be right, especially compared with your present circumstances.

Your idea of “the glory days” is probably different from mine, but it might include the innocence and promise of youth, professional success, satisfying relationships, familiarity with your surroundings, an exciting romance, good health, a steady income, and a sense of meaning and purpose.  When our life is full of these gifts, does it mean that God is happy with us?  What does it mean when these gifts – and the glory days they represent – are taken away?  Has God abandoned us?   (more…)

Perseverance in Christ

October 26th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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By Dan Claire. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall. In this post we consider 1 Samuel 16:14-23.

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” –from “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” 1757. Few lines better capture our proclivity toward spiritual infidelity. (more…)

Qualifications for Power

October 19th, 2011 by Aaron Damiani Posted in Devotionals
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By Aaron Damiani. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall.

I love to read political memoirs.  They are better than fiction.  What happens when two or more people grasp for the same trophy of power?   I read political memoirs to get my answer.

One of the best in the genre is All Too Human, George Stephanopoulos’ memoir from his time in the Clinton 1992 Presidential Campaign.  Stephanopoulos describes in great detail how Bill Clinton managed to lose both Iowa and New Hampshire to his more conventional rivals, but fought back with moxie, charm, and a “Comeback Kid” personal brand to win the Democratic nomination against all odds.  It’s a great story.

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The dangerous priority of worship

October 12th, 2011 by Matthew Mason Posted in Devotionals
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By Matthew Mason. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall.

Saul’s sins in 1 Samuel 13-15 follow a progression—a sin of worship leads first to sins against his family and nation, and then to a sin in relation to the pagan nations. This follows a pattern laid down earlier in Scripture, and illustrates the principle that we become like what we worship (Psalm 115:3). Worship shapes reality. Without us even noticing, whom we worship and how we worship changes the way we live. (more…)

Winning the Battle and Losing the Kingdom

October 5th, 2011 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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By Dan Claire. This is part of a series of posts on 1 Samuel, supplementing messages in our preaching series this fall. Today we consider 1 Samuel 13-14. (more…)