Mary was a risk-taker. This risk-taking is all about Trust. Mary trusted God and believed He had her best interests in mind. Mary rejoices with her song to God and reveals 3 important attitudes that please God: She recognized her need for a Savior, a King to rescue her–she has a humble heart. She recognizes […]

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Following Jesus: Make Me Mary

Luke 1  God sends a powerful angel to an unknown place and an unknown girl…and she asks, “Why me?” We want all of God’s good gifts but are we saying. ‘Be it as you wish’ or ‘not me!’  Do we expect God to do amazing things but not through us?  So why Mary? Because she […]

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Christmas: Make Me Mary

Luke 1  God sends a powerful angel to an unknown place and an unknown girl…and she asks, “Why me?” We want all of God’s good gifts but are we saying. ‘Be it as you wish’ or ‘not me!’  Do we expect God to do amazing things but not through us?  So why Mary? Because she […]

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Following Jesus: The Prodigals

Luke 15 – a well-known parable – but did you know there are two prodigals in Jesus’ story? The prodigal son squandered his future by his moment by moment living. The waiting father gave his son lavish, unwarranted forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. His response was of a prodigal. Two things are needed to restore a […]

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Follow Jesus: Take the Narrow Way

The Narrow Way: Luke 13:22-30 Living in God’s Truth will bring division, suffering, trouble.  Jesus did come to bring us peace that ‘passes all understanding’, but He taught us that following Him requires us to go in the Narrow Way — to go through The Door, the Right Door. What does that mean for us? […]

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Jonah: I Knew It!

Jonah 4 – the Pouting Prophet. Jonah wanted to live in a world where people get what they deserve. Why do innocent people have to suffer and die, while evil people live. In this chapter Jonah was angry at God for loving Jonah’s enemies. The very fact that the Ninevites listened to the warnings from […]

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Jonah: Called

When Jonah heard the call he ran. God disciplines him. He prays and gets a second chance. He obeys. And then he was angry.  Why would anyone want to study Jonah, to teach about Jonah, to pay attention to Jonah? He was a loser! Many pastors have become ‘shopkeepers’ and have left their true calling.  […]

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