The Bride of Christ

Read: Isaiah 62:5 & Revelation 19:7 & Revelation 21:2 Of all the examples God uses to explain Christ’s relationship to the Church, the image of a groom and his bride is surely the most tender, meaningful one. The church is the bride of Christ, and Jesus is the...

Sharing Life Together

Acts 2:42-47 Society bombards us with messages about the importance of independence. Don’t follow the crowd. Make your own way. Do your own thing. Anything other than self-sufficiency is seen as weakness. We each have our own cars and apartments and to-do lists. But,...

Different

Read: Acts 8:26-39 There seems to be a social gravity that pulls similar people together.  I think if we were honest, it would be easy to admit that it is more comfortable approaching people with whom we can find some instant common ground. I can just imagine how...

The Environment for Change

Read: Ephesians 4:11-16 Unless you love science, you probably sat through biology thinking, “When am I ever going to need this?” Despite this resistance, there was one experiment I remember: bacterial cell cultures. We were amazed, and slightly disgusted, that...

God's House and God's Field

Read: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 In this technological age, we’re always dreaming of the gadget that can do everything. Think iPad or iPhone. The church is God’s one thing. And it accomplishes everything in God’s redemptive plan. It is his glory-making machine. Too many...
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