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The Human Side of Walking on Water

There is a striking detail mentioned during Mark’s account of Jesus walking on water. Mark 6:48-50: And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him... read more

The Delicate Art of Swallowing a Camel

Intro to Sermon: Matthew 22:35-40 Once upon a time, there was a house that had a sewage leak in the basement. The family had no idea where it was coming from, and as the mire got deeper by the minute, they made an emergency call to a plumber. The plumber came by, took a glance down the basement stairs, and turned to the husband and wife with his... read more

Prayer and the Armor of God

Intro: Even Jesus, who enjoyed such an intimate relationship and oneness with the Father, where it seemed prayer would be superfluous – still prayed continuously. Ever vigilant in prayer. We need prayer, but its not just a responsibility and a need. Because if it were, it easily becomes the last resort of the desperate, Instead of being... read more

Discerning the Body

1 Cor. 11:17-29 Paul warns those in the Corinthian church to not eat the bread or drink the cup in an unworthy manner, and then gives immediate advice on how to do it in a worthy manner. Let a person examine himself before partaking. But what does that mean? Examine himself for what? In an apparent reversal, Paul then explains further: “For anyone who eats the drinks without discerning the body eats... read more

Inclusio of Obedience in Romans…or Something More?

Romans is bracketed by a clear inclusio. Romans 1:5 …through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…(ESV) Romans 16:26 …but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of... read more

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