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John 14 | Christ our Comforter

Written by Ally Seiple How many times have you been faced with a desperate situation that has left you with a troubled heart? When I was a senior in high school, I remember being at a crossroad in my life and searching for direction to find my best path. I didn’t quite know where I was going or what exactly I was going to do, I just knew I had to decide… And soon. I remember spending that summer after…

John 12 | The Desperate Need of Awful Mankind For An Awesome God

“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:25-26 A dear friend, mentor and pastor for over 30 years frequently asks me: “Do I hate my life?”  Depending on my mood, I answer in a variety of ways. On a…

Acts 9 | Blinded By The Light

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:15-16 Last year you may remember all the hype and excitement about the eclipse. Everyone was selling “eclipse approved” eye shields so we could look directly at the sun and see the movement of…

Luke 20 | Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“But he looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20: 17-18 I remember several years ago listening to a sermon where the preacher was speaking against the heresy of trying to present Jesus in a more “user-friendly” way to people. He said…

Luke 18 | Approaching A Holy God

Jesus teaches us how to posture ourselves in approaching God throughout chapter 18 of the gospel of Luke. In the parable of the persistent widow and the healing of the bling beggar, with persistence (vs 1-9; 35-43). We see in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, the need to approach God in humility (vs 9-14). We see in verses 15-17, that we need to approach the kingdom of God as little children. As we learned with the…

Luke 10 | Revelation of Hidden Things

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”                                                                                                            In that same…

Luke 6 | How Does Your Fruit Taste?

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes frombriars. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6: 43-45 One expression…

Luke 5 | Why Do You Eat Only With The Righteous?

“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” Luke…

II Cor. 8 | Generosity: A Fruit of Spiritual Maturity

The work of Jesus while on the earth can be summarized like this. He revealed the Father to us by what He explained, and He showed us the Father by how He lived. This is so we could become more like our Father. Paul captured an aspect of this as he extolled the churches of Macedonia. A need arose elsewhere in the church body where the saints suffered financial hardship. Paul made mention of the situation to the various churches…

II Cor. 3 | Glory to Glory… Shine On!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18  When I was around 11 years old, it seemed all my friends had new bicycles. Not only were they new, but they were also 10…