Theology

Additional Thoughts On Charismatic Events

I’m going to walk into the waters of controversy. Again. It keeps being asserted that the current charismatic teaching in our community is from God. I’d like to share more thoughts about that. These thoughts are a little scatter brained and do not flow logically from one to another. This is going to be less diplomatic and more in your face like Jesus, Peter, John, and Paul. People claim it is of God because healing Read more…

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What I’ve Learned from Running

I have never been a consistent runner. There have been a few attempts attempts at trying to get in the swing of it for the sake of getting into shape but motivation was highly lacking. In some instances an old college knee injury crept up and sidelined those attempts. Then there was life, and plenty of excuses to go along with it. Alas, and out of the blue I was challenged to run a half-marathon. Read more…

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On The Latest Police Shootings

In the last few days the news and social media has been filled with accounts of two african americans being shot by police. The facts are still muddy, but tempers are flaring. I’ve seen some of the video footage and have read some of the accounts. Regardless of exact circumstances these are tragedies that should be mourned. Additionally, I think I should attempt to add my voice to the chaos. I will attempt to do Read more…

By joe, ago
Devotional

What Lies Ahead

We are on a journey with an unknown destination. We must pull up our stakes and move on, but we have no idea to where God will lead us. I almost feel like Abraham when God told him to, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1 ESV). It is not the same since He has not promised us land or to Read more…

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Devotional

Word Made Flesh

We all get things wrong. It’s time to get over it and move on. According to my high school chemistry teacher, who had a PH.D. in brain studies, we retain knowledge better if we get it wrong and later correct ourselves. The connections between our neurons is strengthened from the revision of our knowledge. So man, when you in a fight with your wife and are proved to be wrong, don’t be resentful. Be joyful Read more…

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Devotional

Idols and Repentance

Last Sunday, I preached on Jeremiah 10:6-10. This passage provides a wonderful reminder of God’s greatness. It also points out the sheer stupidity of following anything or anyone besides Him. These verses form a song of praise that welled up in Jeremiah as he reflected on God’s message and actions. The powerlessness and literal stupidity of idols made Jeremiah praise the greatness of God. God’s ability to work His will among His people despite their Read more…

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Where have I been?

I have pretty much let my website and blog go by the wayside. I have been far to pre-occupied with adjusting to a new culture and ministry setting. Instead of wiring blog posts that no one will read I have been spending time with family, doing quite a bit of hunting, and working. It is my plan to re-work this site into a blog where I can rant and rave about things that interest me, Read more…

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Around the Table

Today, I gave a farewell communion meditation at Jefferson Street Christian Church. It was our last time to worship and gather around the Lord’s Table with them before moving onto the next phase in our walk with Christ. Next Sunday will mark the beginning of our service at Henshaw Christian Church. We will dearly miss those that we have come close to at JeffStreet and in Lincoln. For anyone who might want benefit from the Read more…

By joe, ago
Devotional

Living Memorials

You have been waiting a long time for the promises of God to come true in your life. You and your fellow countrymen have been sentenced to a life of wandering in the desert for the last 40 years as punishment for not trusting God. Moses has died and his protégé, Joshua, has been put in charge. God is beginning to move. His hand is becoming apparent. Everyone is filled with hope as Joshua makes Read more…

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Vanishing Hope

Everything that you had known has been obliterated. It is the third day since the guy you were convinced was the Messiah was brutally killed. You left your job and spent most of the last three years apart from your family. But the miracles you witnessed and the teaching that contained so much authority convinced you that Jesus was who he claimed to be: the promised savior of Israel. That was until the Jewish leaders Read more…

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