Salt & Light

“A Christianity which has lost its vertical dimension has lost its salt and is not only insipid in itself, but useless to the world. But a Christianity which would use the vertical preoccupation as a means to escape from its responsibility for and in the common life of man is a denial of the incarnation.”[1] Yesterday we talked about one of my favorite passages in Scripture, found in Matthew 5:13-16. Here ...

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Hesed

This last weekend at Harris Creek we started a new series called “Everyday People." (You can listen to the sermon podcast by clicking here) We focused in on one Hebrew word that called “hesed.” Hesed summarizes Ruth’s actions in her story and shows what we are called to if we want to participate in God’s bigger story. Here are some reminders about the word hesed. Hesed cannot be translated well into ...

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Christ Follower

I am absolutely fascinated by, if not obsessed with, the person of Jesus Christ. For some people you may think this is completely normal for me to say such a thing. For others, this sounds like utter insanity. Either way, it is the truth. I love reading about, thinking about, praying to and discussing the person of Jesus. If you’ve never read through and thought about all four Gospels, I ...

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New Things

There are not many movies I think about on a regular basis from the 1990s, outside of Braveheart and Austin Powers (if that gives you a snapshot inside my brain). But there is one movie from the 1990s that I hated when I first watched it, but I still think about it far too often. That movie is Groundhog Day. It is a movie starring Bill Murray where he ...

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Practicing Reconciliation

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18–19 NIV) I admit that I’m always the best at remembering exactly how things happened in the past. The details of our lives are ...

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Judgment ≠ Your Critical Mood

Last night at Sola we talked about a misunderstanding most people have about Matthew 7:1 when Jesus says, “Do not judge.” Jesus cannot mean, “do not judge…period” because he says in John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” Even logically speaking, to say that all judging is bad would mean even condemning judging is bad. But as Christians we often miss what it means to judge ...

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Deeper Still

Sunday’s message in our series called “Stained Glass: Brilliance from Brokenness” put forth some foundational thoughts when it comes to the Gospel taking your broken life and making something new. The most important thing I took away from the message was when James talked about the Gospel reaching our unfathomable hurts and our deepest darkness. He said, “What I am saying is that the message of the Gospel, the message ...

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The Brilliance of Brokenness

You are a broken individual. This is the message we will be hearing over the next year through 2 Corinthians in our new series called “Stained Glass: Brilliance from Brokenness.” Your immediate reaction to this may be one of two things: (1) I most certainly am not broken, or (2) Wow, this is going to be a depressing year at church. But I want to give you a little insight ...

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