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The Federated Church
October 2, 2022

Parting Words

But the church was not without leadership: a second generation of preachers and pastors stood ready to carry the torch. One of these was Timothy, arguably Paul’s favorite and most devoted disciple. It is Timothy to whom Paul addresses his parting words. Paul mentored Timothy in the fundamentals of faith. Timothy served with Paul in […]

September 11, 2022

Selective Attention

Jesus wants us to love everyone, just as he does. But at the same, time, he challenges us to focus our selective attention on the lost coin, not the nine that are still in hand. He pushes us to go looking for the lost sheep that is wandering, not the 99 that are safe in […]

August 21, 2022

Garnet God

August 14, 2022

The Original Cloud

Our culture seems to be growing more individualistic and less communitarian, but the simple truth is that we desperately need one another. The message of Hebrews is about persevering in life, but it is also about enduring life together. We do not run this race alone, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, […]

August 7, 2022

The Need for Clean

God offers us an antidote for all our sins in Jesus Christ and through Christ-like living. Although we have blood on our hands, the stain of sin can be removed. The cure comes not from empty religious rituals or lackluster hymn-singing, stingy almsgiving, or unconscious communion-taking; this stuff bores God to tears. Clean hearts come […]

July 31, 2022

Was Jesus Anti-Rich?

Jesus is not anti-rich; he is simply aware that wealth is not without its problems. Jesus knew the trouble was not about money, but the love of money; not about possessions, but the abundance of possessions; not about working hard, but about working only “for ourselves” (v. 21); not about being rich, but about not […]

July 24, 2022

Ecology for Christians

Growing deeper and larger is “a growth that is from God” (v. 19). We grow deeper when we study God’s Word, when we ask the Holy Spirit to help us pray “with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26), and when we enter deep-spirited friendships with people around us. But we also need to grow […]

July 17, 2022

Just Words

In Psalm 52, King David uses just words as he recalls the injustice of Doeg as recorded in 1 Samuel 21-22. Doeg, a shepherd, and a servant of King Saul informed the king that David sought refuge in the city of Nob, in the temple of God. Ahimelech, the priest, helped David by giving him […]

July 3, 2022

The Repairability Index

We live in a world in which broken dreams, shattered relationships, and unfulfilled expectations exist. Naaman’s story reminds us that in such a world we, too, can be repaired, mended, and healed. Just remember that a little humility goes a long way. Better to be obedient without understanding than to be disobedient and trust in our […]

June 26, 2022

Problematic Predictions

Looking to the future, we followers of Jesus often fail to see what he desires for us. Like James and John, we assume that Jesus wants to destroy the people who disagree with us. Like the three potential followers on the road, we cannot envision how discipleship will disrupt our normal routines. The truth is […]

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