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September 18, 2012

Jesus Storybook Bible

Jesus Storybook Bible

This one is for the parents.  If you are looking for a great, simple storybook  that takes bible stories and explains how Jesus is the fulfillment of each one, then this is the book for you!  Truth be told, I’ve found this book to be very encouraging for myself as I’ve read it to my children.  In fact, we break it out periodically and it keeps their attention and draws it to Jesus each and every time.

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September 18, 2012

He will complete His work!

He will complete His work!

As a follow-up to my message on Sunday, I wanted to point out a few verses in Philippians that should give Christians great confidence in their future.  Specifically, a future that should involve growing in obedience to God and in love for others.  The scriptures and a brief explanation:

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

There are many analogies or descriptions that are used in the bible for the Christian faith.  Here, Paul says a “good work” has been started in us by none other than the creator of our souls……and the universe.  Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Colorado to spend some time visiting friends and taking in the sites.  I was in awe of the immense power of God in forming and controlling the universe.

Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

This very same God who has formed the greatest sites we will ever ... Continue Reading.

August 19, 2012

Proverbs 31

Hello Ladies!

I don’t know some of you very well (or at all), and I’m sure some of you don’t know me.  Therefore I will do a quick intro.  My name is Morgan Kluck and I am a member of Bend City Church along with my husband, Steven, and our daughter, Elinor.  We have a heart to share the Gospel and glorify Jesus with our lives.

Proverbs 31 about the wife of noble character has been on my heart lately, so I thought I would share some of the things I have learned with you all.

I remember the first time I read this passage I was appalled.  I thought it was impossible, unrealistic, and discouraging.  As time has gone by I have come to truly love and appreciate this section of scripture, and I continuously go back to it to strengthen my heart as a woman of Christ.  I would encourage you all to take this passage verse by verse and apply it to your own lives.  I chose to pick out five verses I want to focus on, ... Continue Reading.

July 24, 2012

Membership

Membership

This Sunday I’m speaking about local church membership – what it is; what it isn’t; and why we have membership at Bend City Church.  Check out our membership page by clicking on the following link:

http://bendcitychurch.org/membership/

[amendment – 8/6/2012].  Listen to the teaching by clicking here

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July 6, 2012

The Treasure Principle

This short and to the point book is loaded with biblical truth about how God intends for Christians to be generous and joyful givers.  If you have ever wondered if the bible has something to say about how we use our money, read this book.  Be encouraged that God will always provide for our needs and give us grace to bless others.

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July 5, 2012

A Jesus Honoring Partnership

A Jesus Honoring Partnership

This coming Sunday morning we are starting a 4 week teaching series called “Partnering Together for the Gospel:  God Gives, We Give”.

In this post I want to point out 3 characteristics that should be the aim of every gospel partnership that wants to honor Jesus.  I’ll do this by looking at a specific gospel partnership that existed in the Macedonian church written about in 2Corinthians 8.

Gracious Generosity vs 1-3

2Cr 8:1-3 ESV – 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 generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord

Perhaps no other characteristic in Jesus honoring partnership is more important than that of gracious generosity.  A gracious heart is a heart that has been touched by the grace of God and knows that we have nothing unless the Lord first gives it to us ... Continue Reading.

July 2, 2012

He’s Coming!

Job is arguably one of the oldest books of the Bible, and smack dab in the middle of the book we find this powerful Messianic prophecy and the promise of life after death.

Job 10:25-26 ESV – For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.

Jesus the Redeemer is coming, don’t forget it.

Mat 24:42 ESV – Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

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June 27, 2012

Everything He Wanted!

Everything He Wanted!

Psalm 17:13b-15 ESV – Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.

Do you have everything you want?  This guy did.  He represents the man of this world who chases after the things of this world because he is satisfied by the things of this world.  The psalmist calls the person who is satisfied in the creation but apathetic toward the Creator a wicked man.

Certainly the Christian enjoys many things in this life, but he enjoys the things of this life as one enjoys a gift from a long distance lover.  The gift draws his heart toward the one he loves so that he longs for her more.  The Christian can not be satisfied by the things of this world because this world is no longer his home.

Psalm 17:15 ESV – As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; ... Continue Reading.

May 29, 2012

3 Loving Reasons to Discipline Your Kids

Weeks ago I preached on  John 5:25-29 where Jesus speaks of the future judgment of all that have ever lived.  As I prepared for the teaching, the Scriptures led me to be thinking on the value of having a healthy fear of God.  Part of what I would consider having a healthy fear of God is understanding that God is a loving, caring Father and yet, is an authority to be revered and obeyed.  These two seemingly opposite ideas of God are true at the same time.  God loves, cares, provides, and nutures….and he corrects, guides, and disciplines.

Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV)

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, ... Continue Reading.

April 25, 2012

Don’t Waste Your Life

Don't Waste Your Life

If you want to be challenged in your thinking and life direction, read this book!

John Piper’s preaching and books have changed the way I viewed God drastically.  If I had to describe te result of listening to hours of Piper preach and reaching his books, it would be that my view of God has gotten much larger and the view of His grace has become much sweeter.

The book most influential in the church today from Piper is likely not this one, but Desiring God which was published over 25 years ago.

Find all of his teachings and books at www.desiringgod.org

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