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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Avoiding the Ever-Present Danger

 As the apostle Paul begins to wrap up his epistle to the Romans he writes, “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them (Romans 16:17 NKJV).” Here, at the end of this incredible book, he’s urging the church to grow up […] Continue reading…

The Importance of Taking Heed

 Deception is frequently talked about in the Bible. It begins as early as the Garden of Eden and continues all through the Old and New Testaments. When we look at Jesus final warnings to his disciples, He emphasizes deception. Matthew 24 is often referred to as the “Olivet Discourse” and it’s here, when His disciples […] Continue reading…

God’s EKG

Typically when we have heart issues our doctor recommends an EKG—a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.   When we’re faced with Paul’s list in 2 Timothy 3:1–8 of the sins of the times, we probably wonder what we should do. Here’s the fact: When we are confronted with […] Continue reading…

Misdirected Love

When we read 2 Timothy 3:1–8, we see the apostle Paul reminding Timothy not of signs of the times, but of sins of the times. He lists twenty-one behaviors that are a result of of the distorted values of people around and among his church. Paul, talking about believers who have allowed the values of […] Continue reading…

The GULP Factor

Sacrificial giving isn’t about the monetary amount. Sacrificial giving is about the amount that gets Jesus’ attention. When the rich people (in Jesus day and culture), heard this, they were challenged. They were wrongfully focused on the amount. The poor people, for the first time in their life, are realizing, “There’s hope for me. You […] Continue reading…

Understanding God’s Nature

God is speaking in Isaiah 57:15, “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” He’s […] Continue reading…

Lifegroups: The Early Church Model

 We’ve been talking about how, as Grace Chapel grows, we can, at the same time, become smaller. One way, and the way modeled by Jesus Christ Himself, is Lifegroups. Interestingly enough, after Jesus left this earth and His apostles began preaching and bringing people to Jesus, they adopted the idea of local small groups. Gareth […] Continue reading…

4 Things Jesus Did in His Small Group

 Jesus did many things in his three-year ministry. He healed the sick, He preached and He obediently went to the Cross. He also led a small group. This shouldn’t surprise us. We can look at His life and we can see how He did it, and we can also see the incredible results of His […] Continue reading…