Christ’s Love For You

Christ’s Love For You

Once in a while I read something that makes my heart beat faster and that happened as I read a piece from Alexander Maclaren on the love of Christ. Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) was a Baptist pastor in Manchester, England. His Expositions of Holy Scripture were printed in 32 volumes and a set of these was given to …

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Holy Week Meditation

Holy Week Meditation

You can read the story of Holy Week in Mark’s Gospel beginning at chapter 11. I’d like to remind you of what happened. SundayIt began on Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and received a rapturous welcome (Mark 11). He is the promised Messiah. Palm Sunday reminds us that Jesus is the …

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You Are Called to Worship

You Are Called to Worship

As you come to him… 1 Peter 2:4 (NIV) Peter uses the present tense. He is talking about something that God is doing now in the community of Christian believers. His focus so far has been on what God is doing in each of us individually, but now Peter is going to talk about what God …

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Two Ways Every Christian Can Be Pastoral

Two Ways Every Christian Can Be Pastoral

The last time I saw my grandfather alive he made fun of me for being a pastor. You’ve probably heard the jokes or even made them yourself. “What does a pastor do all week anyway? You only work like one hour.” I wanted to tell my grandpa we have two worship services on Sunday morning, and they go for three hours by themselves. But I didn’t think arguing would help.  …

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