Tag Archives: humility

Boasting in the Cross: How Christ Satisfies Our Glory Hunger (Galatians 6:11-18)

1/28/18. Week 11 (finale) in Galatians. “Glory Hunger” is a condition we all have, sine the Fall, and from even before. We were created to hunger and thirst for glory, but what makes our desire for glory and boasting bad? And when is it good? These final words from Paul to the Galatians illustrate how meaning in life, and satisfying our glory-hunger is supposed to work in Christ.

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 6:11-18 #RenewGalatians

From Greenhouse to Orchard: How God’s Spirit Grows His Fruit (Galatians 5:16-26)

1/14/18. Week 9 in Galatians. Contrasted with the works of the flesh is the power of God’s Spirit at work in His people: the Fruit of the Spirit, which grows gradually, inevitably, internally, invisibly, and symmetrically. (See blog post for graphics.)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Galatians 5:13-26 #RenewGalatians

The End of Self-Supremacy (Psalm 73)

8/20/17. Week 10 in Summer Psalms. The End of Self-Supremacy (Psalm 73).

We took a moment as a whole congregation to consider the historical moment in the world, and in our nation, to pause and interpret these things through the lens of Scripture. We let the Word of God as a whole, and Psalm 73 specifically, interpret current events for us.

(Quotes shared also appear on blog page.)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 73 (part one) #SummerPsalms

Remembering the Gospel 
with Our Hearts (Psalm 78)

8/13/17. Week 9 in Summer Psalms. Remembering the Gospel with Our Hearts (Psalm 78).

The Good News satisfies much more than our guilty consciences, and touches much more than our minds. God is into whole-life transformation.

Let us receive God’s invitation to remember well, to remember fully.

(Quotes shared also appear on blog page.)

// Jeff Patterson preaching on Psalm 78 #SummerPsalms

A Full Heart, A Full Life (Matt Kottman of Disciples Church, UK)

6/29/14. We welcome Matt Kottman and family as they visit the States from their missionary home in England. Matt pastors Disciples Church in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK, and preached about the inside-out work of the Gospel in our hearts. // “A Full Heart, A Full Life” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Esther: Hidden Providence

6/8/14. Week 19 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // We continue the EPIC Story of God with the story of a Jewish girl who somehow became queen of Persia. Through (hidden) Providence she was put in that place, at that time, for the saving of many lives.

Esther nearly got lost in a culture bent on worshiping false ideas of manhood (the king was a chauvinist pig and narcissist). The people gave little attention to right-and-wrong, living by a different principle: shame-and-honor. Esther and Mordecai bring us an intriguing story of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.

God always uses people who forget themselves in order to find the courage to put their lives on the line for others.

// Esther 2 #EPIC

Ezra & Nehemiah: Entering Into Brokenness

6/1/14. Week 18 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // We continue the EPIC Story of God with a couple ancient heroes who had no scandal or major failures. Actually, they were all about rebuilding lives, entering into the brokenness of others, caused by others, and identifying with the people of God in order for all to be healed.

Nehemiah led exiles back from captivity on a noble project: the physical rebuilding of the wall to secure Jerusalem as a great city once again.

Ezra led the spiritual rebuilding, focusing on putting the Word of God (Scripture) back at the center of the thoughts and feelings of the people.

Notice how they were willing to absorb the costs and pain of helping others return to God and clean up their messes (and those of their “fathers”). They teach us how to process our emotions with God, leading to wholeness where there once was brokenness.

// Nehemiah 1 #EPIC

Elijah & Elisha: Living In Dependence

5/25/14. Week 17 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // We continue the EPIC Story of God with two solid leaders who stood fast when the so-called leaders of the nation set aside God’s purposes to pursue their own agendas.

The great prophet Elijah and assistant Elisha confronted and confounded the pride, greed, and foolishness in the government. God was with them, adding miracles to their messages.

Their secret?

When those in charge elevated their preferences over the true needs of the people, these two lived in dependence upon the one true God.

// 1st Kings 16:29-34; 18-19; 2nd Kings 5 #EPIC

Solomon: Prone to Wander

5/18/14. Week 16 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story. // We continue the Epic Story of God with the wise man Solomon, the special son of great King David. Solomon asked God for wisdom, for he knew what he didn’t know. Even after gaining all that wisdom, we’re still trying to figure out the correlation between what Solomon said and how he rolled. Solomon was prone to wander, and only the steadfast love of God could undo the foolishness at work in his heart.

God keeps His Plan moving forward, even working in people, and through people, despite them. We call that Grace.

// 1st Kings 3:3-15; 11:1-4 #EPIC

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