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Jesus and the Church

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If we see what Jesus sees, we'll love what Jesus loves....

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Jesus On Money

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Money touches our lives in many ways; Jesus provides clear teaching so our hearts can remain pure and undivided in their loyalty to him....

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Old ... But Not Vintage

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Some things like cars, wine, and watches become more valuable the older they get - if they are well preserved. The first covenant God made with Israel is old, but it's not vintage. Thankfully, Jesus initiated a new, better covenant....

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The Best Seat in the House

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After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, he spent forty days downloading to his disciples all the teaching they would be able to understand only now that he was resurrected. After that, he ascended to the heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father. Imagine having a seat with him! What a glorious perspective that would be. Here's the dirty little secret ...

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Resurrection

Resurrection

Chocolate,toys, bunnies ... what's Easter all about?...

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The Mission of Easter

The Mission of Easter

Easter is more than a celebration of the resurrection; Easter is God's ultimate declaration that Jesus is who he claimed to be, and thus the foundation of Christian witness....

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We'll win on Sunday. I guarantee it.

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It's one thing to guarantee a victory in football. It's another thing to guarantee a resurrection....

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Get Wisdom

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Life is not a game about pursuing trivial things; whatever else you get this year, be sure that you determine to get wisdom....

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Winning with Past, Present, and Future

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Our relationship to time shapes the trajectory of our lives. ...

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The correct posture for worship

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Sitting, standing, kneeling ... does body posture matter when we worship God?...

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The Good Shepherd

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The baby whose birth in Bethlehem was attended by shepherds was born to be the good shepherd of God's people....

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Not A Watchmaker

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In one of her biggest hit songs, Bette Midler sings that God is watching us from a distance. It's a beautiful song, except that it's not true. God's not watching from a distance; he is personally engaged in the details of our lives....

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Christmas Maths

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Mathew's introduction to the Christmas story makes one big point: it all adds up to Christ....

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Adopted

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What's the greatest benefit of the of gospel? Forgiveness? Justification? Eternal life? Perhaps the greatest benefit God blesses us with is that we are adopted into the family of God and inherit all the privileges and responsibilities that go with being sons of God....

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We Are Your Church

We Are Your Church

The Antioch church had good thing going, but the apostles in Jerusalem were suspicious: they heard that Jews and Gentiles were worshipping together, so they sent Barnabas to check out the situation. ...

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What's In Your Wallet?

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Acknowledging that Jesus is King is not conceptually difficult; submitting to his Lordship is a daily way of life for those who seek to follow him....

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Lost!

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Normally, my wife is madly in love with me and thinks I'm great. But the time she was off the chart angry with me was when I lost our daughters....

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The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

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The fellowship of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14) is one of the core benefits of following Jesus. But what does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?...

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Better Than a TED Talk

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If you had 18 minutes to deliver the message of your life, what would you say? Paul gives us some pointers on maximising opportunities to deliver a profound, powerful, and trans-cultural message....

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Fountain of Life

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Imagine crawling across a desert, attacked by the scorching sun, desperate for a drink of water. How cool would it be - in more ways than one - to encounter someone handing out cups of water. For anyone with spiritual thirst, Jesus gives something much better than water....

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Following Jesus

Following Jesus

Someone recently asked me: 'What does it mean to follow Jesus - practically - on a day to day basis?' That's a great question - and here's my answer....

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Three Pathways To Love and Faith

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After observing - and participating in - my daughter's wedding, I found myself wondering, 'How does this happen? How does anyone get to this point? How does love work?'. Although marriage is a destination many people reach, the process of how they get there can be quite different. Faith works in a similar way....

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

Over the years, 'Heart and Soul' has been a common theme in pop music: lovers express the intensity of their feelings for another as encompassing the totality of our being, captured in the phrase 'heart and soul'. The song writers may not know they're quoting Moses, who used this phrase as a way of encapsulating appropriate devotion to God....

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Justice, Jubilee, and Generosity

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What would it be like to hit the economic re-set button every fifty years? Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord favour and draws on Jubilee themes to explain the significance of salvation. ...

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Dwelling in God's Presence

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God's presence is the greatest place there is. But getting there is trickier than we might imagine....

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An Encounter With God

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Have you ever felt like running away and hiding from God, his people, and his purposes? That's exactly where Moses was. His failure was so large he assumed he was irredeemable. The good news is that God creates us on purpose and fills us with purpose in Christ, but we are easily knocked off course by our own desires or our failures. In his love and mercy God finds us, reac...

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Visionary Praying

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have been a Christian during the period described in Acts when Peter, John, Barnabas and Paul were local church pastors? Whatever else may be different, hanging out with these apostolic leaders would mean that your prayer life would take a huge step forward....

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The Vision of Jesus

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Perspective is a function of location; to gain a clear vision, sometimes we have to leave the valleys of everyday life and ascend the mountain tops God provides in his word. When we do this, we see that God has called Centrepoint to empower people to follow Jesus in community, worship, and mission....

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A Spiritual MOT

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Every year our cars undergo an MOT test to validate their road-worthiness. Are our hearts ready for the new year? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides a series of diagnostic teachings to evaluate what's happening in our heart. While challenging, his teaching exposes our need for his grace so that we will open our lives to the working of God's Spirit. ...

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Peace On Earth

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When we look around the world, we may be wondering, 'Where's the Peace?' When we work so hard to exclude God from our lives, it shouldn't surprise us that there is a peace deficit in the world. More than peace at the geopolitical level, God offers us peace with himself. At Christmas God promises peace on earth; we experience this peace through Christ's presence in our life...

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Are We There Yet?

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The word 'Christmas' brings many thoughts, images, and feelings to our minds. For me, it will forever be associated with a road trip. Every year, a few days before Christmas, we would hop in the car and make the long trek from Black Mountain, North Carolina to a little town called McRae, Georgia. This is where my grandparents lived. Even though the journey was long and ard...

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Matthew's Math

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Great books often start with gripping introductions; we get hooked and so we keep reading. So then why does Matthew start his gospel with a geneology?...

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More Than A Feeling

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Charlie Brown Christmas remains one of my favourite Christmas films. It tells the story of how a boy - Charlie Brown - just isn't feeling it in the run up to Christmas. So he goes on a quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Have you ever felt that way - like you're just not feeling it? The great news emerging from Luke 2:1-20 is that Christmas is so much more tha...

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Three Days In Vienna

Three Days in Vienna

The New Testament churches described in Acts perpetually challenge me for this reason: they were consistently probing opportunities to advance the gospel of Jesus. And no church exemplifies this spirit better than Antioch (Acts 13:1-3). Not content to build a local dream team of pastors, when the leader spent time praying and fasting and listening to the Holy Spirit, their...

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The Call of Christmas

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The opening scene of the Christmas story is a giant advertisement for God's capacity to use ordinary people for extraordinary things. Like Mary and Joseph, saying 'yes' to God means we step into a realm of remarkable grace, a very high price tag, and the amazing opportunity to share the love and truth of Christ with others....

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Dreams, Darkness, Destiny

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Children are inspiring because their dream-machine has not yet been damaged. They live with the hopefulness that if they can dream it, it can happen. Somehow life seems to relentlessly torpedo our instinctive dream machine until it is broken, domesticated, or forgotten. ...

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Jesus Our Substitute

When God tested Abraham, he provided a ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac. Jesus is our substitute, the lamb of God sacrificed in our place. The essence of the Christian life is a perpetual looking to Jesus, trusting in Jesus, and thanking Jesus for what he has done for us. Jesus is the perfect substitute....

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A Sign of Grace

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We don't deserve grace, but God gives it anyway. Like the ark of Noah, Jesus is the one who takes us safely through God's judgment against sin. ...

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The Power of GO!

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The first word God spoke to Abraham was 'Go!'; the last word Jesus spoke to his disciples was 'Go!'. When we follow Jesus and go into the new place, people, and purpose He has for us, good things happen....

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City on a Hill

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Jesus calls his people to be a city on a hill, revealing the truth, life, and love of Christ to a world in need....

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The Spread of Sin.

Cain was the elder brother who murdered Abel, his younger brother, out of jealosy. We have the perfect older brother, Jesus, who doesn't murder us, but who died in our place to save us from sin....

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The Great Rebellion

Sin disrupts our relationship with God, others, and creation. All of this is restored in Christ. ...

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In His Image

The story of creation doesn't end with beautiful earth, amazing animals, majestic mountains and serene seas. In the beginning, God created everything - including people. Genesis 1:26 teaches that we were made in the image of God. What does this mean? Not only has God shared dimensions of his being including intellectual, emotive, and relational capacity, Genesis describes ...

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The Story Begins

In the beginning God created everything good through his son. ...

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Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Victory of the Triumphal Entry quickly disintegrated into a fast-paced plot to kill Jesus that ended in his illegal execution. Where was God when all that was going on?...

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Reasonable Faith in a Toxic Environment

Faith is central to being a Christian - without it - we can't know or please God. But in the cultural undercurrent of skepticism that pervades contemporary Europe, how can we we grow strong in faith? God's Word gives us some answers. ...

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Fighting Words

Words are not neutral; not only do they chart our destiny, they affirm the reality that defines our lives....

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When My Strength Is Small

This is the story about a woman who felt weak - and God used her to do something great....

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Hating the Name of Jesus

The profile of each person's spiritual journey is unique; those journeys touched by God's grace, however, end well. ...

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First Things

Getting our priorities right is central to ensuring that arrive at the right destination. In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul reminds the Corinthians about "first things."...

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Figs, Temples, and Prayer

On the first day in Jerusalem after his triumphal entry Jesus challenges our faith and the religious status quo....

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Taxes, Tithes, and Temples

The disciples were perpetually getting side-tracked. Jesus uses his second day in Jerusalem to teach his followers how to keep the the main thing the main thing....

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Beauty and Betrayal in Bethany

A beautiful act of worship paints a prophetic picture of what Jesus is preparing to do....

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A Night To Remember

Jesus spent his last hours before his arrest eating and talking with his disciples. We tend to think that we'd never betray Jesus; he taught us to pray,"Lead us not into temptation."...

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For!

The power of the death of Jesus is captured in one little word that can change our lives....

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The Jesus Way

How did Jesus respond to the needs of peoples around him? A brief glimpse from Matthew describes a very compassionate King....

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Grace for a Dysfunctional Family

The story of Joseph is about God bringing salvation to the world by saving a family. And this family really needed the help of God - it was more dysfunctional than most families are today. But God is more powerful than the sin that marked it, and in the end, God wins....

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Not What You Asked For

In John 17, Jesus identifies three key things that he has given to us. These are not necessarily what we asked for - but they are what He has given. And they are good things. ...

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An Enforced Peace

Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus has accomplished more than the personal salvation of lost people: He has laid the groundwork for the ultimate restoration of all things to His intended purpose. ...

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Palm Sunday and Venn Diagrams

Who was in the crowd that welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem? And who wanted Jesus crucified? Venn diagrams help us understand. ...

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You've Got A Friend In Me

We all need friends - both human and divine; Jesus offers the ultimate friendship we can experience. ...

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The Joshua Tree

Life is a spiritual desert in which ultimate satisfaction is found in only one source. ...

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