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The Pursuit

The Pursuit | sermon series | Jan. 2018 A.W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God: “You and I are in little…what God is in large. Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. In our sins we lack only the power. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end…. To have found God and still to pursue him [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00January 8th, 2018|Book Recommendation, Devotionals, Sermon Series|

A New Creation

Christianity always was an inside-out proposition. We have tried over the centuries to reverse this reality, to conform Jesus’ revolutionary ideas back to religion proper; to nullify the New Testament; to undo the Reformation. But alas, the scandal of grace-through-faith continues to prevail. Jesus’ redemption is offensively simple. Seems we want it to be harder, more complicated, more burdensome. If it’s free, how can it be good? Like that one U2 record the band gave away free to the world that just appeared eerily on your phone one morning, grace can be off-putting if we’re honest. Can we accept it if we didn’t have to earn it? The Good News Truth is, some of us feel like we have to have been a part of the work. Our sense of our own centrality can make us need to be somehow involved in something so meaningful if it is to be accepted. We want to [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00November 7th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series|

Habakkuk Plays in Ten Thousand Places

As we’ve studied through Habakkuk’s book together, I have begun to see his fingerprints all over the place in Scripture. Perhaps this is merely attention bias—you know, the phenomenon where you buy and Honda and start to notice all the Hondas—but I think it might be something more. Habakkuk seems to give voice to a theme that is prevalent in life with God, one that recurs throughout the Bible. It kind of goes like this: Mourn, lament, question, cry out to God. You have permission. You have an invitation. In your rawness and honesty, remember all the while who God is and what he has done. Never let go of hope. As I was preparing for last week’s message, I stumbled onto the coolest thing. This theme, Habakkuk’s prophetic burden for God’s people, plays out exactly in the book of Isaiah. Indeed, the last part of chapter 40 is a microcosm of Habakkuk. Look [...]

By |2017-10-24T14:21:41-06:00October 24th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series|

Hushed Expectancy

Hushed Expectancy: Learning to Trust the Sovereignty of God Habakkuk 1:12 - 2:20 "Lord, are you not from everlasting?     My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;     you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.  Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;     you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?     Why are you silent while the wicked     swallow up those more righteous than themselves?...." Personal​ ​Thought I hate movies that leave the story unresolved, especially when the outcome is unsatisfactory or unpleasing. The tension, stress and frustration of unresolved-ness eats me alive. In this week's reading we find the prophet in a unresolved place. He gets an answer from the Lord, but in no way does this resolve the issue or tension at hand, in fact it would appear to make it worse. In life what we do during the seasons of unresolved tension is what shapes us most in faith [...]

By |2017-10-17T16:39:37-06:00October 17th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series, United Groups|

“…but my soul was not comforted”

For the last couple of weeks as we have undertaken our new study series entitled Honest To God, I have found myself seeing through the eyes of the prophet Habakkuk. He complained, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! ‘Violence is everywhere!’ I cry, but you do not come to save.” This perspective is new for me—the notion that, at least in a moment, God might not come running to the rescue—and I confess it is messing with me. I have discovered a bias in my heart against un-resolve. A need for happy endings, and in relatively short order. When it comes to enduring the inexplicable, my faith muscles are a bit underdeveloped. Now that I’m walking a stretch with Habakkuk, I am seeing it everywhere. The lack of simple answers and pretty bows. It’s all over God’s Word, and I’m pretty sure it’s there for a [...]

By |2018-11-01T16:55:19-06:00October 13th, 2017|Devotionals, Sermon Series|