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2 Peter 3:1-10 | Andrew Murch | In this week’s text, Peter says there are people, he calls them scoffers, who believe that the Lord is treating creation much like the kids treated their house. These scoffers say, “nothing has changed since creation. God is clearly absent.” (2 Peter 3:4). They think God has not intervened and will not intervene. Unl…
 
2 Peter 2:17-22 | Jake Gamble | Last week, Peter warned against false teachers, and in this week’s passage, he’s still ringing the bell to guard against those who would lead people astray. He calls these teachers a “waterless spring” (v. 17). Using God as their platform, they promise people refreshment but have none to offer. They come along, telli…
 
2 Peter 2:1-16 | Andrew Murch | Peter just finished giving his eyewitness account of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and now he turns his attention to false teachers who manipulate the gospel for the sake of their own carnal pleasures and selfish gain. After outlining the playbook of these false teachers, Peter encourages his readers that …
 
2 Peter 1:16-21 | Cody Cannon | As accurate as they were, in declaring the truth, God did not merely depend on the oral, eyewitness accounts of the apostles. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, He superintended the recording of those experiences in the inspired revelation of Scripture. In other words, if any would question the validity of Peter’…
 
2 Peter 1:12-15 | Andrew Murch | Little yellow sticky notes often fill our work and living spaces with REMINDERS! Take the car in for an oil change, schedule an appointment, cancel that subscription, and on it goes. How come we always forget about that one? Like these sticky notes, Peter is delivering his final reminders in this letter, but here in…
 
2 Peter 1:3-11 | Andrew Murch | Peter is aware that these may be the last words he speaks to his spiritual children and he wants them not to forget all that he’s taught them. Peter has preached, discipled, trained, written, and made it his mission to share the gospel of Christ. As he wraps up his life work he tells his children, “you have everythin…
 
2 Peter 1:1-2 | Noah Soistmann | As Peter begins his final written words and letter to the churches, he makes sure there is no mistake in who is sending this letter. From the opening, Peter clarifies that he is the Peter who saw Jesus, walked with Jesus, even denied Jesus, but was forgiven and brought back by Jesus. This is the Peter who witnessed …
 
1 Peter 2:4-10 | Gavin Hesse | The New Testament teaches that God is building for himself a people. Peter zeros in on this truth as he writes his first letter. While the world may be unaware of, or even hostile to, God's work, a mighty work is still being done. Here, we see that believers are being built as one to proclaim the Son.…
 
Luke 24:1-35 | Andrew Murch | After a sabbath full of grief, the women who saw Jesus buried come to anoint Jesus’ body with burial spices. Except, the tomb is empty, save for two majestic beings who declare that Jesus is alive! It seems too wonderful to be true! Some disciples doubt, others like Peter run to the tomb, and two others get a first-han…
 
Luke 23:26-43 | Andrew Murch | It was the darkest day in history. Jesus would soon be revealed as God’s resurrected Son and “firstborn from the dead,” but now heis nailed to the cross. Though the best part of the story is soon to come, it is important that we not skip over the weight and sadness of Jesus’ sacrifice in this chapter. God was willing …
 
Luke 23:1-25 | Jake Gamble | It is no exaggeration to say that the entire Christian faith is built upon Jesus’ actions recorded in the next two chapters of Luke, so read and reread these verses closely. In Luke 9, we see Jesus set his face towards Jerusalem to accomplish the work he was sent to complete. Now, we see that work unfolding as Jesus is …
 
Luke 22:54-71 | Andrew Murch | In this passage, Luke turns the focus on Peter and shows us the sad failure of a disciple. Peter sits among the group huddled around the courtyard fire. One of the servant girls eyeballs Peter, and says “This man also was with him.” Peter’s retort was, “Woman, I do not know him.” There could hardly be a stronger way t…
 
Luke 22:39-54 | Andrew Murch | Jesus’ prayer in the garden reveals much. Although Jesus is fully God, his prayer gives us a very real picture of his humanity. There is perhaps no way for us to understand the intense anguish experienced by Jesus in these moments. Yet God the Father understood, sending an angel to strengthen him. The trial did not ce…
 
Luke 22:24-38 | Josh Lane | This passage contains three major themes. First, Jesus defines greatness. Second, Jesus highlights the coming denial of Peter. Third, Jesus reminds the disciples of the coming struggles. This passage highlights something beautiful. It highlights Jesus’ compassion, his care, and his aching heart for his disciples knowing …
 
Luke 22:1-23 | Andrew Murch | Since Luke 9:51, we have followed along as Jesus has traveled through Israel with his face set “to go to Jerusalem.” Now, we come to the beginning of the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. As the Passover is about to begin Jesus sends some of the disciples to prepare a space for them to eat together. It is during this mea…
 
Luke 21:5-38 | Andrew Murch | It can be incredibly easy to find ourselves living in fear. We live in fear of natural disasters. We live in fear of economic collapse and financial hardship. We live in fear of the influence of political figures and the power of governments. We can live in fear because we know our struggles and failings, and we fear t…
 
Luke 20:41-21:4 | Andrew Murch | The religious leaders’ questioning of Jesus has come to an end (see Luke 20:40), but Jesus keeps the ball rolling with a question of his own. He asks, “how can they say that the Christ is David’s son?” It’s here that we think back to Luke’s opening words, where he tells us why he has written this Gospel account, “to…
 
Here we are yet again... the religious leaders are back at it, attempting to trap Jesus by asking an impossible question that seemingly has no satisfactory answer. This time it’s the Sadducees who bring the question, and it’s a question about marriage and the resurrection. The Sadducees came primarily from wealthy priestly families, and history tel…
 
Jesus is a brilliant storyteller. The chief priests and scribes, the religious leaders of Israel in this day, are continually trying to trap Jesus, peppering him with impossible questions with the aim of crucifying him whether he agrees or disagrees. Recently, there was a question about the authority with which he teaches. Jesus’ brilliant storytel…
 
Beginning with chapter 20 we see a basic pattern in Jesus’ ministry emerging; the Jewish leadership is coming after him. In the previous chapter Jesus had cleansed the temple and in this chapter we see wave upon wave of opposition seeking to discredit and trap him. Verses 9-19 constitute a parable that is meant to depict his opposition (the chief p…
 
A ‘catch 22’ is a dilemma where someone can’t escape because of conflicting or contradictory rules and outcomes. This is exactly what one finds in Jesus’ interactions with the Jewish leaders in this section of Luke's Gospel. The last two verses of chapter 19 provide a bit of context for the story that unfolds at the beginning of chapter 20. Jesus h…
 
We’re back in the Book of Luke. We started this Gospel back in 2018, and have spent 58 Sundays in its pages. We’ve witnessed Jesus’ birth, his teaching, his miracles, and, most recently, his journey toward Jerusalem. This week concludes that journey that began back in chapter 9. While this week’s text may seem like a random smattering of events at …
 
What does Scripture mean when it talks about Jesus as a king and the kingdom of God? As we examine Isaiah 9:1-7, we see God speaking through the prophet Isaiah about a king and a kingdom. Here, we see that Christmas celebrates a Kingdom like no other with a King like no other, with a Reign like no other, and a Guarantee like no other.…
 
This week, we continue our journey through the Book of Ruth. We've been introduced to the major characters of this short narrative, and we are starting to see the theme of redemption playing out in the lives of Naomi and Ruth. Here, we see that the weary find rest through a selfless redeemer.由Andrew Murch
 
As we continue in our Advent sermon series, we are introduced to a crucial character in the Book of Ruth. Boaz is a "worthy man" who is related to Naomi (v. 1). This worthiness is put on display as Boaz provides for and protects Ruth in a time when Israel is dangerous. Throughout this passage, God's providence is center stage and we are called to s…
 
This week, we begin our Advent sermon series: In the Days When the Judges Ruled the Land. It is with Judges barely in the rearview mirror that we are introduced to Naomi. Having lost her husband and sons, she begins the journey back to her home country with his widowed daughters-in-law. Here, we see that even in the bitterest of circumstances, God …
 
The saying goes, “two wrongs do not make a right.” We see this reality playing out every day. After forgetting to do the dishes, lying about it won’t make them suddenly clean. When one sibling steals from another, stealing a toy of theirs won’t ‘right’ anything. This week’s passage not only horrifically confirms this idea, it also shines a brutal l…
 
After the death of Samson, the book of Judges takes a weird turn. The vicious cycle of chapters 3-16 has culminated in Samson, and the narrator seeks to bring home the central thesis of the book by means of a double conclusion. The conclusion of the book takes the form of two longer narratives (chapters 17-18 and chapters 19-21, respectively) that …
 
Welcome to part three of the Samson saga. Our first week was filled with angels and animal sacrifice. Week two contained ripping lions apart with bare hands and foxes tied together to be used as weapons. It’s been quite the journey, and the story isn’t over yet. Part three contains sin, seduction, and even more amazing feats of strength. But behind…
 
Samson has been called by God, and in this week’s text, we begin to see Samson live out his calling. This is certainly an odd text; filled with riddles, murder, a strong man ripping apart a lion “as one tears a young goat” (as if that were simple), and a bunch of foxes with their tales on fire. While it can be easy to get lost in the wild, superher…
 
Chapter 13 starts in a familiar place for the people of Israel. “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” The Lord has given the people of Israel over to the hands of the Philistines because of their rebellion, and we are about to meet the final judge that God raises up for his people. Even with the weight of sin ever-p…
 
In some ways, this story is very similar to the cycle we’ve seen over and over… sin, oppression, deliverance, and peace. In other ways, this story is unique. Jephthah, our next Judge, is a very successful warrior, but he “makes a deal” with the God of Israel: “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whatever comes out from the doors of my…
 
This week’s passage revolves around the tension between Abimelech, son of Gideon, and the corrupt leaders of Shechem who put him in power over Israel. First, we see Abimelech plotting and seizing power with the help of his mom, and hiring a gang of thugs, all with the blessing of these leaders. But the dynamic soon changes as God causes division be…
 
In one of the oddest battle scenes in history, Israel defeats Midian by blowing trumpets and breaking jars. We’re told that the Lord set the swords of the Midianites against each other, and Israel won. In chapter 8, we see Gideon win another battle, but the narrative is quite different. The author took great care to remind us of God’s presence at e…
 
We’re now with our next judge: Gideon. What immediately sticks out (compared to the judges of chapters 3-5) is the length of this narrative, which spans three chapters of the book. More time is spent on Gideon than Ehud, Othniel, Shamgar, and Deborah... combined. While the flannel graph Sunday school lessons of our youth may have us believe that Gi…
 
Once again, the people of Israel do what is evil in the sight of the Lord. Already, we’ve seen the same story twice. Remember the pattern that was laid out for us in chapter 2: God’s people do what is evil, they are oppressed, they repent, God sends a judge to deliver them, and then there is a time of peace. And this week is no different. There’s e…
 
This week, we’re introduced to our first three judges: Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar. It’s also here that we see the first two examples of the pattern we were introduced to in chapter 2, a pattern that we’ll see throughout the book: God’s people do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, they are oppressed, they repent, God sends a judge to deliver the…
 
The first two chapters of Judges grab the reader’s attention immediately, as it opens in the middle of a war. This is a Holy War. God’s people have been commanded by Him to enter the Promised Land and execute God’s judgment on the wicked nations therein by “devoting them to destruction” (Judges 1:17). From the outset, the reader gets a taste of thi…
 
It's as Israel is settling in the Promised Land that God issues an interesting command. "Appoint cities of refuge ... that the manslayer who strikes any person without intent or unknowingly may flee there." It is in these cities alone where the manslayer could find protection from the avenger of blood, and it is in this passage where we see an incr…
 
Andrew Murch • What is the story of Scripture? We're familiar with the stories of Scripture, but what is the overall story of Scripture? Over the next four weeks, we'll examine where we come from, why we exist, how we became as we are, how our world’s brokenness developed, and what answer God gives to the pain that plagues us. Join us this Sunday a…
 
Josh Lane • This week, we're continuing in our "If I Could Tell You One Thing" series with Philippians 3:2-14. The Apostle Paul exhorts the Christians in Philippi to "press on" and remain in Christ despite what they will face. Here, we see that in Christ, our future is far more certain and beautiful than our past and present.…
 
Brent Kimball • “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?" The question of forgiveness is an important idea for Christians to understand. As followers of Jesus, we have been forgiven of a debt that we could never pay back. In light of that forgiveness, we ourselves are called to practice forgiveness. In our passage this we…
 
Nathan Noorlun • The Lord is near... This simple reality changes absolutely everything for absolutely everyone. As we continue in our If I Could Tell You One Thing series, we come to Philippians 4:5-23. Here, the Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Philippi, reminding them of the nearness of our God and of the imminent return of Jesus. We cann…
 
Jake Gamble • "So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God..." Our passage this week, Hebrews 4, reveals the incredible reality that despite sin and rebellion, God's people will enter the perfect rest that is only offered through Christ. Here, we see that there will be true rest offered through the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.…
 
Gavin Hesse • As Christians, we know that we are called to take the gospel into the world. But how do we do that? This week, we turn our attention to 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. Here, the Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians about how he and his fellow workers carry that good news into the darkness of the world. This passage calls us to boldly proclaim …
 
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