Jul 31, 2016
Growing Like Jesus Grew
Luke 2: 41-52 NSRV
41  Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43  When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44  Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45  When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48  When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." 49  He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50  But they did not understand what he said to them. 51  Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
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  • Jul 31, 2016Growing Like Jesus Grew
    Jul 31, 2016
    Growing Like Jesus Grew
    Luke 2: 41-52 NSRV
    41  Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43  When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44  Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45  When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47  And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48  When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." 49  He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50  But they did not understand what he said to them. 51  Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
  • Jul 24, 2016An Attitude of Gratitude
    Jul 24, 2016
    An Attitude of Gratitude
    Luke 17:11-19NSRV
    11  On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12  As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13  they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14  When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. 15  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16  He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17  Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18  Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" 19  Then he said to him, "Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well."
  • Jul 17, 2016What the World Needs Now
    Jul 17, 2016
    What the World Needs Now
    James 2: 1 - 17 NSRV
    1  My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2  For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, 3  and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," 4  have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5  Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6  But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? 7  Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? 8  You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 9  But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10  For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11  For the one who said, "You shall not commit adultery," also said, "You shall not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12  So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13  For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. 14  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15  If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16  and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
  • Jul 10, 2016Trusting in Grace – Practicing Generosity
    Jul 10, 2016
    Trusting in Grace – Practicing Generosity
    Luke 10: 25 - 37 NSRV
    25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" 27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." 28  And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live." 29  But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30  Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33  But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35  The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.'36  Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
  • Jul 3, 2016Forgiven and Forgiving
    Jul 3, 2016
    Forgiven and Forgiving
    Series: (All)
    Luke 6: 27 – 38 NSRV
    27  But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28  bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29  If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30  Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31  Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34  If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35  But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37  Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
  • Jun 26, 2016Becoming Bird Watchers
    Jun 26, 2016
    Becoming Bird Watchers
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 6: 24 - 34 NRSV
    24  No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28  And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-- you of little faith? 31  Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'32  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.
  • Jun 19, 2016Durable Joy
    Jun 19, 2016
    Durable Joy
    Series: (All)
    Philippians 4: 4 - 9 NRSV
  • Jun 12, 2016What God Intends
    Jun 12, 2016
    What God Intends
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 50:15-21 NSRV
  • Jun 5, 2016Searching for Happiness in all the wrong Places
    Jun 5, 2016
    Searching for Happiness in all the wrong Places
    Series: (All)
    Ecclesiastes 2: 1 - 11 NSRV
  • May 29, 2016To Whom Do We Belong?
    May 29, 2016
    To Whom Do We Belong?
    Series: (All)
    Galatians 1: 1 - 12 NSRV