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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 2: Yes AND…

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 15:21-28 The second rule of improv builds on the first. We aren’t supposed to just say, “Yes,” but says, “yes AND…” By adding the “AND” we don’t simply keep things moving, but we contribute to the journey. “Yes” opens the door. “And” goes through it. “Yes” accepts what your partner has […]

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  • Jesus and the Art of Improv, Week 1: Say Yes

    This Week’s Text: John 4:1-29 The first rule of improv is to say, “yes.” No matter where you look for the rules of improv, and no matter how different some of them may be, almost all of them begin with this rule—say yes. Saying yes is the first rule because it is critical to improv process. […]

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  • Here We Go

    This Week’s Text: Romans 12:1-8 Paul says we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices as our spiritual act of worship. This would have caught everyone’s attention because he is using a familiar word in a new way—which is a really good practical evangelism tip. In this context, sacrifice was a technical religious term. […]

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  • The Obvious Secret of God’s Grace

    This Week’s Text: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 For so many topics that bind people up, at least the first steps can be obvious. If you want to lose weight, the first steps are to stop eating food that’s bad for you, and start moving more to kickstart your metabolism. This is not revolutionary information. It is also […]

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  • Beautiful Feet

    This Week’s Text: Romans 10:5-15 What do you think of, what do you feel, how do you react to the word evangelism? There is a wide-range of responses. Some are positive, and some are negative. Some are based out of motivation and excitement, some are based out of duty or obligation, and some are based […]

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  • The Unwinnable Fight

    This week’s text: Romans 8:26-39 We pick up today with the idea that we hold a deposit, and we wait with hope and patience. Yet, we don’t know how long it will be. So, how do we as individuals, and how do we as the people of God, have the kind of patience and endurance […]

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  • For In Hope

    This week’s text: Romans 8:12-25 Paul begins with this really great idea that those who live by the Spirit are not just saved, but they are adopted as children of God. In Paul’s day, it would also cause those hearing and reading this letter to think of inheritance, and Paul calls us joint-heirs with Christ. […]

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  • The Spirit and the Sarx

    This week’s text: Romans 8:1-11 Thankfully, my wife and I keep a clean enough house that our encounters with roaches are few and far between. But have your ever watched an episode of hoarders where people are living with massive amounts of roaches in their houses? Now, it is certainly preferable to have no roaches at […]

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  • The War for Independence

    This week’s text: Romans 7:13-25 When Romans 7 gets chopped up into sections, today’s passage tends to begin at verse 15, but we started at verse 13. There is a set of Biblical scholars that now look at Romans and want to bump the header in your Study Bible back to verse 13. The pattern that […]

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  • Once and For All

    This week’s text: Romans 6:1b-11 Do you remember the show Everybody Loves Raymond? My favorite episode is the one where Ray’s brother Robert is assigned the task of writing his own wedding invitation (you can watch the episode at the bottom of this page). Robert doesn’t really want to do it, so Ray and their […]

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