READ: Proverbs 19, Luke 7, 3 John SUBMITTED FAITH  Jesus neither cries nor dances when we want Him to (Luke 7:32), for He is subject to neither our authority or our expectations. John the Baptist, who knew Jesus best, was still offended (or at least disappointed) in both what Jesus didn’t do and in how He…

READ: Psalm 92, Amos 4, Luke 20, 2 Corinthians 11 WORSHIP’S WEAKNESS Humankind loves to worship–it was for this purpose we were created. Unfortunately we often worship foolishly. We love rituals, rhythms, and regularity, for they comfort us. Though we were designed to love worship, we were never intended to worship it. We were designed to use…

READ: Psalm 50, Jeremiah 43-45, Matthew 22, Romans 1  UNLIKENESS Humanity has an ongoing tendency to attempt to drag God down to our level. Historically humanity has crudely done this through idols of wood and stone. The more insidious contemporary perversion is an ideological assault on the deity of Jesus. We must constantly affirm that Jesus…

READ: Psalm 43, Jeremiah 22-24, Matthew 15, Acts 22  THE WORSHIP OF ASKING FOR HELP The primary message of prophet and apostle is, “Repent.” It is not a popular message, nor is it a discriminating one for it is preached to both believer and unbeliever. Jesus taught that what comes out of the heart and…

Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Today was supposed to be an average day. My plans for the morning…

by Matt Sprenger, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor, Fairmont State Univ., Fairmont, WV I wasn’t raised a Christian, but since childhood I’ve had a mental portrait of Jesus – his looks (long flowing hair, well-manicured beard and skin, blond hair, blue eyes) and character (tender, gentle teacher). After serving the Lord for 22 years and spending…

READ: 2 Samuel 16-18, Psalm 96, Matthew 7, 1 Thessalonians 3 APPOINTED TO THIS  When Jesus is the source of our affections, we are convinced that He is worthy of all things. He is worthy of our lives, worthy of our deaths, worthy of hopes, worthy of our worship. Jesus is worth dying for. Jesus…

READ: Joshua 4-6, Psalm 66, Luke 22, 2 Corinthians 6 ABIDING STRATEGY Strategy follows Abiding. When Joshua meets the commander of the Army of the Lord (Joshua 5), he tries to recruit Him (Jesus) onto the team. Pre-incarnate Jesus tells Joshua, “I am not for you or against you for that is the wrong question, the…

READ: Deuteronomy 13-15, Psalm 57, Luke 13, 1 Corinthians 13 HUNTED The biblical optimist realizes that Scripture has a fairly dim view of unredeemed man. Man is prone to wander, humanity tends to self-destruction, this world is decaying, and though God’s people remain as preserving salt, trouble will increase until Jesus returns in glory. Wheat…

READ: Deuteronomy 10-12, Psalm 56, Luke 12, 1 Corinthians 12 BATTLE PRAISE We must come to terms with the reality that our spiritual battle is to the death. When we represent Jesus among the nations, we stand for Him against all other presumptive authorities and all demonic powers. We would be fools to think we…

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