Stretch Marks: Part 2 – Walking on Water and Other Foolishness


Stretch Marks: Part 2 – Walking on Water and Other Foolishness
Matthew 14:24-33, Mark 6:47-52 & John 6:16-21 Have you ever been blindsided by a bad storm? I have! More than once I was caught in a downpour on my bike after being assured there was no rain in the area. News flash. Weathermen don’t always get it right. But doesn’t Jesus know everything? Why would he send his disciples on a night-crossing of the Sea of Galilee if a storm was brewing? And then walking by them on the water, what was up with that? ...

Stretch Marks: Part 1 – Saws, Chains and Swords


Stretch Marks: Part 1 – Saws, Chains and Swords
Hebrews 11, James 1:1-3, and 1 Peter 4 What does it mean that God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)? What does it mean to experience the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10)? More specifically, what do you believe it means? That’s where the rubber meets the road. That’s where our faith is put to the test. The test comes when the rubber of our faith — what we believe should happen if we trust God — meets t ...

The Lord’s Prayer Pattern, part 3: God’s Provision


Give us this day our daily bread. Have you ever prayed in faith trusting God to provide your next meal? Most of us in the west have not. Our cupboards are overflowing with food. More likely, you have prayed for God to prevent you from eating too much! That’s our problem when it comes to food. So what does this part of Jesus’ prayer pattern say to us today? J.I. Packer writes, “The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God’s hand, but is a humble acknowledgment of helple ...

The Lord’s Prayer Pattern, part 2: God’s Program


Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. What is the kingdom of God? What does it mean for his kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth? Is there any connection between praying about our Father's name (9), his kingdom, and his will (10)?  ...

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