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Pastor Steve’s Pensées

Pensée #3 – Are You a ____ Christian or a Christian ____? So much of this past year’s rancor has centered on identities and narratives. Narratives try and explain why things are and who we are. Political, racial, and sexual identities are front and center in our society. What is troubling is my perception is…

Reflections on Romans

The gospel is God’s answer to man’s wreckage Romans 1 is terrible. It’s terrible to be told you are under the wrath of God. The explanation, while brief, explains exactly the world we live in. Carnage. Wreckage. Death. God made a beautiful cosmos and made us the pinnacle. We took and smashed it. The result?…

The Rock That Makes the Ripple

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5 ESV). What Does a Gospel Ripple Look Like? As we have seen, the story of Lois was ripple to daughter Eunice, ripple…

The Goal of the Gospel is the Glory of God

“Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of…

Crush the Snake

“I want you to be wise as to what is good” (Romans 16:19 ESV). Wise With the True, Good, and Beautiful Wisdom is to know something fully and deeply and to apply it practically to your life. The good is all things consistent with God’s will, his word, and his world. God called the original…

The Dangerous Duty of Discernment

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve” (Romans 16:17-18…

The Church is People

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and…

Holy Kissing and Christian Love

“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you” (Romans 16:16 ESV). The kiss of greeting was cultural To greet someone with a kiss was the culture of the Greco-Roman world at that time. That may seem weird to us, and if you haven’t traveled cross-culturally, you may not realize…

Prayers and Providence

“I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by…