Cold Water — Harvesters, Part 4

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Most people who follow Jesus have certain expectations about their discipleship. We have at least a few ideas about what God will do in our lives. But how often do we consider the reverse? What does Jesus expect of us? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 10:32–42 in “Cold Water,” the concluding message in his series “Harvesters.”

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Be Not Afraid — Harvesters, Part 3

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Jesus commanded his followers to proclaim the availability of God’s Kingdom. This leads to two problems: first, God’s kingdom is hard to see because of all the world’s troubles, and second, the world might not thank us for telling them. Jesus said it probably wouldn’t, but to do it anyway. Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 10:16–33 in “Be Not Afraid: How Christ Changes the World,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Harvesters.”

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Rules for the Road: How We Can Participate in Jesus’ Mission — Harvesters, Part 2

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It’s easy to confuse what we do with how we do it. That’s just as true for Christians as for anyone else. So it’s worth stepping back to look at what Jesus calls the church to do, and how he says to do it. Pastor Luke preaches from Matthew 10:5–15 in “Rules for the Road: How We Can Participate in Jesus’ Mission,” part 2 of his 4-part series “Harvesters.”

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What Jesus Discovered in the Twelve Apostles — Harvesters, Part 1

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Learning from the Scriptures and being guided by Jesus’ teaching is always rewarding, especially when the Church faces new challenges. In this series we will be guided by Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 10. We begin by looking at the people Jesus picked to proclaim the Good News about his Kingdom. What did Jesus see in them? How are they like us? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 9:35–10:4 in “What Jesus Discovered in the Twelve Apostles,” the first message in a new series “Harvesters.”

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When Forgiveness is Not Enough—Junk Bonds, Part 3

Jesus commanded his followers to forgive people, even for repeated offenses. But what then? What if people aren’t looking for forgiveness? What if they aren’t sorry, and the offense wasn’t an accident, but deliberate? What should we do when forgiveness isn’t enough? Pastor Luke preaches from 1 Samuel 24:1–22 in “When Forgiveness Is Not Enough,” the concluding message in his series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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Repeat Offenders—Junk Bonds, Part 2

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We’ve seen that forgiving makes sense whether or not you’re a Christian. But it’s optional. Unless you’re a follower of Jesus; then it’s required. Why is forgiveness so important for Christians? What if we’ve tried to forgive someone and it’s just too difficult? What if we managed to forgive them, and then they did the same thing again? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 18:21–35 in “Forgiving Repeat Offenders,” part 2 of his 3-part series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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How to Forgive Better — Junk Bonds, Part 1

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To forgive, it’s been said, is to “give up all hope of a better past.” There are good reasons, if you’ve been hurt by someone, to let the past go. But is letting it go the best you can hope for? What does Jesus teach us about forgiveness? Pastor Luke looks at Mark 2:1–12 in “How to Forgive Better,” the first message in a new series “Junk Bonds: Some Debts Can’t Be Repaid.”

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“Ask Me Anything” #3

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In the third edition of “Ask Me Anything” we covered these topics: (1) speaking in tongues, (2) what the Bible says about telling truth or lies, (3) the ethical implications of the widow’s two coins, and (4) what to say to people who’ve suffered trauma in the church. Pastor Luke teaches from 1 Corinthians 14:1–12 in “Ask Me Anything.”

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