When the world tells you what you lack…

We live in a world that tells us to compare.

Compare ourselves with our friends.  Compare ourselves with what we see on TV and in the movies.  Compare ourselves with “statistics” to find out whether we’re “normal” or not.

But that’s not the path to freedom, and that’s not the way of Jesus.

“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding…”Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” –2 Corinthians 10:12, 17

There may be a thousand things in this world that we don’t have, but God has promised His children a glorious gift that trumps them all: Himself.


Graphic Repentance

Repentance is not the same thing as beating yourself up.

When you hear the word “repentance” or “repent”, what comes to mind?  How does it make you feel?

Sometimes in church world, that word gets used to describe feeling so bad about doing wrong that you try really hard to do right instead.  The Bible does indeed talk about that approach…and does not approve. (See Galatians 3:1-3.)

Sin should indeed cause us to grieve, but not stay there.  It should cause us to want to change, but not by “trying really hard.”

Repentance is not drumming up your strength to “do the right thing.”  It’s discovering the emptiness of sin and the delight of Christ Himself.  THAT is what produces lasting change, and with it, lasting peace and joy.

– Pastor Phillip

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GRAPHIC – Kingdom verses comparison

In doing a study on “The Kingdom of God”, I wanted to show visually the comparison between each of the Gospels, in terms of how often they talked about “The Kingdom”. This PDF is the result. I’ve left in verse references, but stripped out section headings or other things not directly related to the text. I’ve also removed verses that mention the word “kingdom”, but that are not related to “The Kingdom of God/Heaven”. The numbers next to each book name are the number of times that Gospel mentions “The Kingdom”. Enjoy!

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  • GRAPHIC – The meta-narrative

    Did you know Scripture has a storyline?

    This is the graphic used in part 01 of the teaching series “Your DYNAMIC Role in the Kingdom of God”. It illustrates one of many “Meta-Narrative” frameworks that can be used to understand the broader scope of Scripture. Check out more at http://www.postmodernpreaching.net/metanarrative.htm

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