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||40days|| week six: live in trust

If I told you to sit in a chair at my dinner table, I’m confident you would be more than happy to take a seat. But if I told you to sit in a chair that was rickety with only two good legs, you might reconsider. One chair is trustworthy but another is not quite so worthy of trust. Trust is only as strong as the object in which it is placed.

At this point in our world, many uncertainties flood around us: the economy, the political landscape, questions about employment, questions about relationships, and thoughts about our future. In all of the uncertainty what might we trust in?

The past few weeks, I’ve been pondering some familiar verses from the book of Proverbs:

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,
Lean not on your own understanding,
In all your ways submit to him
And he will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)

In the Hebrew language and culture, the word trust derives its meaning from the concept of “lying helplessly face Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Jesus on How We Should Pray (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from Matthew 6:5-8 entitled “Jesus on How We Should Pray.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we continue our series on prayer from the life and teaching of Jesus. Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read Matthew 6:1-8 aloud.
  2. The teaching of Jesus we are looking at is found within what is typically called the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. In this teaching, Jesus presents an entirely new way of life centered upon Him. There are parallels between Moses’ teaching at Mount Sinai and Jesus’ teaching here.
  3. Matthew 6:1 provides a fairly clear picture of the theme of this section of Jesus’ teaching. What is it? How does that theme carry through 6:1-18?
  4. Jesus compares true prayer with false prayer as characterized in two different types of people in verses 5-8. What are those two types of people and how would you describe their approach to prayer? Read the rest of this entry »
 
 

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Jesus on How We Should Pray

This week at Eastbrook, I continued our series “Pray Like Jesus” with a message entitled “Jesus on How We Should Pray” from Matthew 6:5-8. The main point of my message is that prayer is powerful because of our relationship with Father God.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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God in Unexpected Risks (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend from Ruth 3 entitled “God in Unexpected Risks.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. As we continue our series on Ruth entitled “Unexpected,” this week we will look at chapter 3.  Whether you are on your own or in a small group, take time to read the chapter out loud.
  2. Verses 1-5 set the stage of the action that will happen in this chapter. Compare Naomi now with Naomi at the end of chapter 1 and beginning of chapter 2. What has happened with her? Also, take some time to notice Naomi’s original hope for her daughters-in-law (Ruth 1:8-9) with her plans here. Read the rest of this entry »
 
 

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God in Unexpected Risks (Ruth 3)

This weekend at Eastbrook Church, we continued our series on Ruth called “Unexpected” by looking at Ruth, chapter 3. My message was entitled “God in Unexpected Risks.” The main point of my message is that as we step out with selfless risks, God works in unexpected ways.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Saturday Prayer 23

How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You. (Psalm 31:19)

Lord,
may I grow in reverent fear of You
even as I seek refuge in You.
You are the great King of the universe
and the Leader of my life.
When human strife and criticisms
arise like flames to consume wood,
keep me safe and sound
in Your overflowing goodness
and startling generosity.
If You are the great King over the universe
then certainly You are the king over my life.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 14

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)

Lord, You are greater than any human power. You created all human power and stand behind it all, sustaining all creation. My trust is not in human power. It comes and it goes. It is strong compared to some, but weak compared to others. Human armies and governments have no power against the spiritual powers for “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:1-2).

But, Lord, You are greater than all these. Before You, Lord, who can stand? “Now, this I know: the Lord gives victory to His anointed” (Psalm 20:6).

Thank You that in Jesus Christ the victory has already been won. “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). And “thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25). You gave victory to Your anointed, Jesus Christ.

We stand now in His victory: free from sin, raised to life, and seated in the heavenly places in Jesus Christ.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in prayers

 

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