August 2010

AUGUST 22, 2010

I. Jesus & Cities – vs. 1, 20-24
A. Didn’t appear to give the disciples specific commands on which cities to go to

B. He didn’t sit back in a chair at a desk while they went out, but He went out as well

C. “Preach” should be proclaim. (cf. 9:35 “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom…..”) Teaching is explaining things; proclaiming is declaring things such as “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Sometimes the truth must be matter of factly proclaimed. Continue reading JESUS & RESPONSIVENESS Matthew 11:1-30

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August 17, 2010

I’m not sure if it was while running for President or as President that Jimmy Carter decided to give an interview to Playboy Magazine. But I remember that one of the things people got all worked up about (besides the fact that he gave an interview to Playboy) was his admission or confession that he at times struggles with lust. I guess most men in public office do not make such admissions (until perhaps they get caught acting out on it with someone other than their spouse). But I want to ponder today the relationship with lust and gay or same sex marriage. Continue reading Jimmy Carter, Jesus, Lust and Gay Marriage

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August 14, 2010
INTRODUCTION – Two weeks ago Rob talked to you about Jesus’s commissioning of His twelve disciples in Matthew 10:1-15. It’s a pretty cool passage of scripture as we see the authority and power He gave them to preach the good news of the kingdom, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons etc. Just as He sent them out then, He is sending us out today.

But it is crucial that we understand the world He is sending us into. That’s what the rest of the chapter deals with – and I would like to read that now. Matthew 10:16-42

Woah! I’m not sure this is what I signed up for – – Basically Jesus just told His disciples that they will endure and experience persecution and even death from either the state, the corrupt religious leaders, their own families or possibly all of the above. Continue reading Mission in the Midst of Madness – Matthew 10:16-42

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