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Though we may FEEL more free today than in the past, the shift from traditional moralism to the internalized pressure of self-authenticity, takes a huge toll on individuals. In contrast to the culture of achievement and performance, the gospel assures us of God's love through the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. Support the Show.…
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Our story from the book of Numbers today shows us that God's judgment is not merely punitive but serves as a revelation of what happens when we turn away from the good gifts that God offers. The Christian understanding of repentance offers us a redemptive pathway to transformation and new life. Support the Show.…
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Mark tells us that Jesus taught as one with authority...even though we do not actually hear the CONTENT of his teaching. That's because Jesus' authority comes not from somewhere else, but is rooted in his own identity. Our call as disciples is to move beyond mere recognition of Jesus' authority to a transformative recognition of his power and goodn…
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Jesus not only provides for physical needs but also sees and responds to the deeper desires of our hearts. Jesus' ministry is about far more than mere provision for our needs, but about giving us extravagant joy and fulfillment beyond all our expectations. Support the Show.By Pastor Nathan Hilkert
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Paul's message to the Corinthians emphasizes the importance of embracing the present moment. There are real obstacles to a deeper life with God, both obvious and subtle. This Lenten season is a time to simplify, focus, and make room for Jesus and the transformative power of his presence. Support the Show.…
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God's covenant with Noah and all creation is grounded in a unilateral promise: a commitment to never again destroy the earth with a flood. Through the symbol of the rainbow, God demonstrates vulnerability and a willingness to risk all for love. Love demands sacrifices and risks, whether it's enduring sleepless nights for a sick child or intervening…
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In scripture-- and in our everyday lives-- names reflect identity and purpose. Abraham, originally named Abram, is promised by God to be the ancestor of a multitude of nations, with his name changed to reflect this new identity. Despite Abraham's moments of doubt and wavering faith, God's steadfast love and promise remain unchanged. Abraham's journ…
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Grounded in the Exodus narrative, the Ten Commandments are not mere abstract rules but a vital part of a larger story of liberation and covenantal relationship between God and humanity. The Ten Commandments are gifts from God designed to lead humanity toward flourishing and abundant life; guides for living in alignment with God's covenant of grace,…
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