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August 23, 2013

Though You Slay Me

Though You Slay Me

Hey guys,

Check out this music video by Shane and Shane.  I pray that we could all respond to suffering in this way.  Make sure you stick around through the whole thing – John Piper brings it home near the end.

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August 19, 2013

5 Biblical Reasons to Be Generous

5 Biblical Reasons to Be Generous

1)  Your Heart Follows Your Treasure

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2)  Helps Prevent Serving Money

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

3)  You’ll Reap What You Sow

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

4)  Proves A Desire to Do Good is Genuine

2 Cor 8:1-2, 8

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of ... Continue Reading.

July 18, 2013

Public, private, or home school?

Public, private, or home school?

Recently, I was asked if Bend City teaches that home schooling is the best way to educate your kids?  Short answer:  No.  In fact, we don’t teach any particular venue is the BEST venue to educate your kids.

My wife and I have, in fact, chosen to home school our kids for now, so I definitely see the benefits….and definitely know the challenges.  Since parenting is the most difficult thing I’ve done and I’ve heard other parents agree, I know that no matter what method one choses, IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE.  A challenge that should have us seeking God every step of the way.  For a great explanation of why we don’t see this issue as “closed-handed” (meaning that it has a clear right answer), please watch this:

For more reading on the issue here are perspectives on the 3 options that were recently posted on the Gospel Coalition website:

Home school

Private school

Public school

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July 11, 2013

Eat Up

Eat Up

1Ki 19:7 ESV – 7 And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.”

There are two types of days.  First there are the ordinary days.  These are the days that you almost cruise through on autopilot.  You wake up, spend time with the Lord, take a shower, get dressed, go to work, come home, eat dinner, spend time as a family, go to bed, and then expect to repeat the same thing all over again the next day.  Most days are ordinary days in that you generally know what your day is going to look like and you’re ready for it.

But there is also another kind of day.   The day that you aren’t prepared for.  It might be that something tragic happened, or you could be awaiting some potentially life-changing news for yourself or a loved one, it might be a once in a life-time event kind of day, or it could be that you are about to do something completely ... Continue Reading.

June 23, 2013

Learning to Worship

Learning to Worship

If you are a Christian, there was likely a time when you first realized that knowing Jesus should change how you live.  Jesus, after all, doesn’t just call us to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins but also to follow Him in obedience.  You can’t have one without the other.  He must be both Savior and Lord.

So, when that moment came, it is likely the life lived to that point was lived without regard to Jesus’ commands and desires. Bottom line…things needed to change.

The sequence of events usually goes like this.  Someone does not believe that they were guilty of sin and needed saving from anything.  Thus, this person has no desire of follow a God that they do not believe in.  This person gives no thought of what God would want as they go about in day-to-day decision-making.

Then, that person comes to realize that they are a sinner in need of God’s grace and that Jesus is the only possible Savior.  They put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and are forgiven of ... Continue Reading.

June 11, 2013

Disciples Go

Disciples Go

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus commissioned us to go; to go on His mission, and to go with Him.

Jesus told us to go, but didn’t mention a place.  The place wasn’t the point. Christ’s great commission is bigger than a place – He’s calling us to a purpose.  It is the equivalent of “Let’s Go” after the huddle – what’s really being said is “let’s go win”.  It means ‘go’, ‘do’, ‘represent’, ‘act’, ‘carry-out’, and “let’s get moving”.  Places are incidental to purpose because purpose always propels you forward in some way.  You can’t get a hold of a grand purpose without it propelling you forward in a grand way.  And you can’t be propelled forward in a grand way without it transforming even your every day places into grand places.

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April 9, 2013

Let Faith Move to Action

Let Faith Move to Action

Recently at bedtime my boys and I read through Hebrews 11 which is known as the “faith chapter”.  Essentially the writer of Hebrews defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (ESV) and then gives examples of men and women in the bible that had faith and their faith produced some sort of action.  I’ve read this many times, but this time was struck by the variance of actions that the different characters did.  Not a complete list, some of the actions were:  offering a sacrifice, building a boat, moving to an unknown land, offering a son as a sacrifice, blessing of sons, giving directions for burial, hiding a child, refusing to live in riches, and on and on.

And although the act that was prompted by faith was different for each man or women, they were all commended by God because their hope in God moved them to action.  Faith resulted in action…

It is a very basic equation:  if what God has said is true then I….(fill in the blank)

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March 22, 2013

Bend City Easter Service

Bend City Easter Service

2000 years ago Jesus walked the earth.  He lived and then he died.  But… he also rose again.  Jesus did in three days what no man would ever be able to accomplish.  Easter is the celebration of this most central part of all of Christianity – that Jesus conquered death.  His resurrection was, without exaggeration, the most victorious feat ever accomplished among humanity.

We want to invite you to come join us Sunday March 31st as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and the impact of his resurrection on our daily lives.  Please join us at 9:30am at 224 Butternut St in West Bend.  Hope to see you there!

Location: 224 Butternut St, West Bend Time: 9:30 Date: Sunday March 31st

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March 5, 2013

Femininity

Femininity

Hey guys,

This is a complement to my message this past Sunday – “God’s Design: Male and Female”.  I think that I could have done a better job explaining how I arrived at the essence of femininity.   I said that the essence of femininity in a woman is to accept (or know) her identity.

This is what I would like to add to help better connect the dots.

In Genesis 2:18 God said “I will make a helper ‘fit’ for him” – ESV.  The word that is translated as “fit” in ESV is translated as “suitable” in New American Standard.  God said He would make a suitable helper.  When Eve was presented to Adam a few verses later it was evident that she was suitable (or fit for what God called her too).  Adam said,

This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man

This section of scripture (Genesis 2:23) is actually poetry.  David Pawson points out that ... Continue Reading.

February 28, 2013

Disciples Die

Disciples Die

Luk 9:23-24 ESV – 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Discipleship is costly.  Jesus made it clear just how costly in statements like, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26); and a couple verses later He said “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33) [emphasis mine].

These are not easy statements.  Some would say that there must be two tiers to Christianity – the believer and the disciple.  The first tier believes and is saved and the other tier (the black belt Christian) goes on to higher forms of Christianity.  But Jesus didn’t reserve these comments for those that ... Continue Reading.

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Our mission is to make disciples that live for the glory of God, enjoying Him completely.