WHITEBOARD WEDNESDAY

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS

NOVEMBER 30, 2022

Advent, the coming of Christ to earth, is a shocking story. The story of God who comes differently than we'd expect, without regard to the ways we judge power and strength and uprightness. And that's incredible assurance for those (us) who are powerless, weak, and sinners. Hope for the hopeless.

THANKSGIVING

NOVEMBER 23, 2022

Christianity isn't about thanking God for every circumstance. We aren't required to find a silver lining in death, cancer, or loss. But we abound in thanksgiving because of the incredible reality we know: Christ for us. That's why communion is called the Eucharist, which is the greek word for Thanksgiving. Like our daily bread, we constantly come back to the ground of our faith -- full and free forgiveness in Jesus who came for us. Happy Thanksgiving!

GRACEFUL GIVING, II

NOVEMBER 16, 2022

2 Corinthians 9. We are so focused on externals that we miss God is looking at the heart. The point of reaping what you sow is not about amounts, like God is an investment multiplier; rather it is about having an attitude to bless because you've been graced by God in Christ. There's no must, just a wondrous cheer in the indescribable gift of Christ to us!

GRACEFUL GIVING

NOVEMBER 9, 2022

Surprising New Testament approach to giving in 2 Corinthians 8. Paul asks them to do what they desire to do, knowing that the Holy Spirit works in hearts, rather than following a mandated 'tithe' or some other law. So grateful that the gospel is true, that His gift is free, and that our God prompts our hearts to give!

BEAUTY FROM ASHES

NOVEMBER 2, 2022

From 2 Corinthians 7. On our own, our broken relationships lead to defensiveness and despair, and eventually death. But the wonder of life is that the Spirit actually works on our hearts to open our eyes to hope outside of us: the incredible forgiveness of Christ. What fruit it is to know that you have nothing in yourself, but have the promise of Jesus forever!

UNEQUALLY YOKED

OCTOBER 26, 2022

"Do not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever." Who hasn't heard this as a directive marriage or business partnerships? Yet Paul has in mind something more foundational to all of us: don't be in agreement with those who say their righteousness is not in Christ alone. Who may say they are Christians but will not see that Jesus became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. All we have is a gift; don't move from this amazing salvation!

NO OBSTACLES

OCTOBER 19, 2022

We constantly put obstacles between people and Jesus. We don't even realize it. We give impressions that you have to clean up or climb up to God. We think that temporal blessing or personal strength, moral or otherwise, is the mark of Christianity; we hint that Christianity is about us being victorious, instead of Christ alone. We have the best message ever: Jesus became sin so we might become the righteousness of God in him.

BEYOND LOGIC

OCTOBER 12, 2022

Reason serves us well. We know that judgment is coming, Paul says, so we persuade people. We know that God looks at the heart, not just the outward behavior, so we too logically move toward internal virtue. But in the midst of our reasonable rationality comes an explosive grenade that defies all logic. It is a message. A proclamation. That Jesus was made sin so that we might be made the very righteousness of God. And this is so far beyond reasonable thinking that it must simply be received. By faith in a God who is wonderfully beyond logic.

COURAGEOUS

OCTOBER 5, 2022

Christian living isn't the gym. We aren't in the place with a wall of mirrors to monitor our improving strength as we work toward fitness. Rather we have a life of walking by faith and not by sight. In the midst of weakness our confidence is in the promise of Christ for us.

SHINING

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

"For Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctible; he came simply to be the resurrection and the life of those who will take their stand on a death he can use instead of a life he cannot." Capon's words reflect Paul's insistence that our witness is the rock-solid assurance that in the midst of our failure, smallness, and death, we have a Savior who will raise us from the dead and be with us forever.

TWO WAYS TO LIVE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

Living by the letter seems like the path to life. Keep the 10 commandments. Improve yourself. Reveal the glory of blessing by obedience. But Paul says that's the way of condemnation and death. Life is actually by the Spirit -- a total gift of God's righteousness in Christ. We don't look like much, but we have the promise of the new covenant -- Christ in us, the hope of glory!

YES & AMEN!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

We have this idea that "being a Christian" means getting stronger, better, circumstances breaking our way because now God is for us. But God's "yes" is hidden in a "no." We are weak and broken and saved not to greater strength but to trust that Jesus really is for us. Because all God's promises are 'yes' in Him ... and we say 'amen.'

OUR APOSTLE

SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

LIFE FOREVER & NOW

AUGUST 31, 2022

FREE!

AUGUST 24, 2022

GOD COMES DOWN

AUGUST 17, 2022

FINISHED!

AUGUST 10, 2022

GLORIOUS

AUGUST 3, 2022

BROKEN, II

JULY 27, 2022

BROKEN

JULY 20, 2022

REST TO REMEMBER

JULY 13, 2022

GOD'S WAY

JULY 6, 2022

BEING DAD

JUNE 22, 2022

PREPPING PRIESTS

JUNE 15, 2022

MORE TENTING

JUNE 8, 2022

TENTING

JUNE 1, 2022

PICTURES FOR US

MAY 25, 2022

FROM A CHIASM

MAY 18, 2022

MOM OF THE YEAR

MAY 11, 2022

FENCES

MAY 4, 2022

DISTANCE

APRIL 27, 2022

HE IS RISEN!

APRIL 20, 2022

THE TEN: COVETING

APRIL 13, 2022

THE TEN:

STEALING & LYING

APRIL 6, 2022