Posts tagged with ‘Bible’

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The People of One Book

by Steve
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“The Bible seeks to catch our lives up in a grand adventure, a great saga of God’s dealing with humanity – a saga begun in God’s journey with Israel, continued in the surprising call of God even unto Gentiles. The church is the product of that story.” – William Willimon, Shaped by the Bible The […]

Psalm 40: Coming Clean

by Steve

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” [Psalm 40:1-3] I […]

Tomorrow’s Seeds

by Steve

I’m always amazed at how little planning, thinking and preparing for the future we do these days. Infants tend to be short term thinkers, crying when their demands aren’t met, but as adults we’re to have a longer perspective on things that this. We tend to be short term thinkers, dealing with the Tyranny of […]

Christmas Eve: The Great Story of Christmas

by Steve

The Great Story of God This is a transcript of the service used on December 24, 2011. It is a closer look at the characters, circumstances and context that combine to make each piece part of the Greater Story of Christmas. No one character had all the pieces of the puzzle at the time, but […]

Give Thanks People of God!

by Steve

1 Thessalonians 5:18  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Ephesians 5:20  Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures […]

Connect to Grow

by Steve

All people long for God. Period. Some may say the exact opposite, but our desires, actions and values suggest something completely different. We all long to connect with something greater than ourselves, we long for the heart of God. There is simply no better way to connect with God than to learn who God is […]

DISILLUSIONMENT IS A GIFT FROM GOD

by Steve

A guest post from Toby Kurth, pastor of Christ Church San Francisco: Coming face to face with reality is not a bad thing. We live in a world of facades, where truth can be very difficult. Dealing honestly with reality can be a challenging thing for all of us. That is one of the reasons […]

Heavenly Banquet

by Steve

Imagine the stories that we’ll hear. And all the questions that shall finally have answers. “What were you thinking when you drove the old Ford out on the ice?” “Did you hear that Betty and Dan got back together? But of course you did-you were probably involved in that, weren’t you?” “How come you never […]

A Better You & Me

by Steve

Leo Tolstoy once said: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself.” God wants to do greater things in our community and in our church, but He also wants greater things in our homes, and in our marriages, in our families, in our finances, and in our future. It has to […]

The Serenity of Winter

by Steve

Winter has come again to my life and blanketed the whole thing in an inch or four of snow. It’s cold and deathly quiet. Not many people out. I’ve just come in out of the cold after about one and half hours of shoveling the white glory with my son Alex. He’s thinking about food, […]

Peace, Be Still

by Steve

Jesus spoke these words in the midst of a life threatening storm. The disciples believed the end was near as their little boat was about to be swallowed up by forces of nature that were beyond their control. They found themselves in the middle of the lake, far from land, and in the middle of […]

Waiting for an Answer

by Steve

It’s easy to think that God’s not listening–especially when you’ve been praying for “one special request” longer than you can remember. When the nights seem endless and the days a struggle of uncertainty, you look to the heaven for some sign of direction, hope, and protection. What can we do when we’re waiting for an […]

Life is a Wonderful Story

by Steve

Life is a story, not a task, not a script, not a competition, but a love story GOD God is the author of life’s story. The greatest commandment of all is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.  The best, most enduring joy is found in Him.  He is our greatest […]

30 Day Experiment: Day 1

by Steve

For the next 30 days I will be taking the Lectio Divina Challenge. Praying through and listening to God through the Scriptures. I hope you will look for updates and begin a dialog about the Scriptures. Luke 8:4-15 (NIV) While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, […]

Lectio Divina

by Steve

As part of a course I’m taking at Asbury Seminary, I’ve been engaged in a personal journey through the ancient practice of Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading. Lectio Divina assumes that the scriptures want to speak to us personally, not just teach us, but through God’s voice of compassion and conviction engage us and love […]