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Jesus’ Authority

At our 5PM service this week, we read about the seventh and final sign in John’s Gospel, the raising of Lazarus. By the time Jesus arrived at his tomb, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. This was an intentional delay on Jesus’ part. In God’s timing, four days was more than enough time […]

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Church Growth

Dear Friends, Acts 6:1-7 – when God is at work in the church through His Spirit, we encounter problems. Some of the problems are “good” or growth problems. The early church is increasing and this had the unintended consequence of tension between 2 different cultural groups: Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews. The church was supporting widows […]

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The Death of Lazarus

At our 5PM service this week, we read about the death of Lazarus. It’s easy to forget that Jesus’ humanity meant that he had dear friends and he grieved the death of his friends, even though he had confidence in the resurrection. In thinking about the passing of a member of our congregation for the […]

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The Problem with Jealousy

Dear Friends, Acts 5:17-32 – there is a miracle. An angel of the Lord enables the apostles to be released from prison so that they may continue to proclaim Jesus. Nothing can stop the message of the Lord going out. The apostles were put in prison and God released them. Once released from prison, we […]

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Our Only Hope

Dear Friends, Acts 4:1-31 – whenever the church of Jesus Christ is bold and confident in the message of Jesus, the world tries to silence us. We know in our society that people are trying to silence the church, telling it to keep quiet, and we worry about the future. We must remember that Jesus […]

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The Good Shepherd

At our 5PM service this week, we read about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Not only does Jesus care for and nurture us as a shepherd does his sheep, but he is also the gate to heaven. Jesus stresses the exclusivity of heaven and that he is the only way to gain entry. Far from […]

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God’s Hand of Providence

At our 5PM service this week, we hear that Jesus healed a man who was born blind. The disciples ask Jesus as they pass the blind man, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus rebukes this line of questioning and tells them that this man was born blind […]

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The Holy Spirit Poured Out

Dear Friends, In today’s readings (Acts 2:1-13, 36-41) Luke records for us the story of Pentecost. As the promised Holy Spirit is poured out, the disciples are enabled to speak any known language and they declare the praises of God. This leads to Peter delivering the first sermon and 3000 people are added to God’s […]

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The Authority of the Gospel

Dear Friends, At our 5PM service, we are continuing our series through John’s Gospel. In John 8:48-59, the Jews resort to name calling. This is just another stage in their oppression of Jesus and the Good News that He brings. Jesus rebukes them by calling to mind His relationship with God. Jesus’ authority comes from […]

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Witnesses to the Gospel

Dear Friends, There are many challenges before our church and before people across the world, but God’s mission doesn’t stop. Jesus’ first disciples were a minority and uncertain about what to do next. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from the Holy Spirit. God promised […]