Lent 2020 | Resurrection Sunday: “Worship”

Today is Easter Sunday. At our local congregation, we like to celebrate it as Resurrection Sunday. I find that it helps us to focus in on the reality we are remembering and celebrating. Like so many other Christians, I celebrate this wonderful miracle at a distance. While I do not need to be in a […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 40: “Wait”

That first Saturday after Jesus’ crucifixion had to be complete agony for the disciples. The doubt and fear that must have been present in them can only be described as unimaginable. They had given three years of their lives to follow Jesus. They had invested so much time and effort in learning and practicing everything […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 39: “Fear”

NOTE: I was so busy getting ready for Good Friday, I forgot to post this! I apologize for that. The word focus for today is “fear.” Fear is the most natural instinct in the human experience. It is a gift from God. It helps to keep us safe in times of danger. Even when we […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 38: “Message”

As a Christian, the message of salvation in Jesus Christ is at the heart of the Church’s identity. Without the Gospel, the reason for which the Church exists would fade away. Whenever we fail to hold to the Gospel, we will inevitably find ourselves losing what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. One […]

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Do We Look More American than Christian? Part 7

Part 7: Spiritual formation is not attractional. The entire model of the contemporary American church is centered upon attraction and motivational appeals. I grew up in this church culture so I know it well. The contemporary churches of today are merely adult versions of the youth groups of yesterday. My “youth group” experience simply followed […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 37: “Looking”

The focus for today is “looking.” When we look, we are usually doing it on purpose. This is implied in the word but is often taken for granted. And that is part of the problem. The life of faith is a life of searching. We are introduced to God through the preaching of the Gospel. […]

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