Mediator

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Reading: Hebrews 9:11-22 Dear Friends, A mediator is: “a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between.” That definition gives a hint at what the writer of the Hebrews is talking about – but it falls terribly short.  Jesus is THE mediator!  Let’s rejoice together today! Peace, Pastor Dave

Different and Better

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Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28 Dear Friends, The author is trying to draw out for us all the ways that Jesus is different and better than anything else ever was before or ever would be after Him. His goal is to get you to turn to Jesus – first! – whenever you need help. Peace, Pastor Dave

Throne Of Grace

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Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16 Dear Friends, Have you ever thought about this phrase?  It’s full of tension.  When we think “throne” we think power.  Authority.  We are  intimidated.  When we think grace we think “nice”. Forgiving. Accepted.  I love the tension that collides in Jesus.  He sits on a throne of grace – with acceptance and with challenge for how we live.  Let’s sit […]

Hear His Voice Today

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Reading: Hebrews 3:7-19 Dear Friends, Today!  The writer of Hebrews has a lot to say about today.  In these verses he gives a warning for today based on the failed “today’s” of the past.  Let’s take some time to understand the warning and some time to be a little proactive. Peace, Pastor Dave

It’s HARD When We Are Out Of Control

Readings: Hebrews 3:12-19 & Mark 10:17-22 Dear Friends, Have you ever despaired because your Christian faith didn’t fix all of your or all of your kid’s challenges.  Are you struggling because of your inability to describe or even begin to understand what it means not only to come to faith but remain in an engaged […]

The Devil

Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-11 Dear Friends, Peter has already talked about struggles from outside sources. A world that wants to take advantage of disciples.  He’s already talked about struggles within the community of  disciples.  How we behave together.  He’s also talked about internal struggles.  Sinful desires that wage war against our hearts.  NOW? He talks about a very real struggle […]

Tale Of Four Shepherds

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Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-5 Dear Friends, Peter encourages the elders to “shepherd the flocks of God.” Today we will listen to four stories of four very different shepherds. Peace, Pastor Dave

Suffering 101

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Reading:  1 Peter 3:13-4:6 & 4:12-19 Dear Friends, We’ve already considered a portion and main thought of today’s section.  How do we have hope? Even as we suffer.  Today? Today, we look at the facts.  What should we suffer for?  What should we do when we suffer? What should we NOT do when we suffer? AND, what should we […]

Behavior and Response

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Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12 Dear Friends, We have considered an awful lot about what it looks like to be a child of God.  How does it impact our life? Change us?  Today we take a reflective pause. We will have opportunity to admit that we fall short of God’s standards for us.  And – we […]

Suffering Story

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Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Dear Friends, Peter tells us some stories.  He pulls up the rocking chair and tells us some important and formative stories.  As it turns out, he’s telling us these stories because they are also (or should be) our stories. Peace, Pastor Dave