Through Us, With Us: A Divine Paradox

March 20, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

John 15:1-25 In this part of the week’s reading Jesus tells us that “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) and that the practical examples of this truth range from our being enabled to take each breath which keeps us physically alive, to using the highest functions of our intellect. Yet one of the more profound paradoxes ... Keep Reading

Hope For Those Who Want to See

March 15, 2018 | by: James Tate | 0 Comments

John 12:37-50   The most wonderful and awesome factor controlling God’s dealings with us as individuals is His ability to read and understand our hearts.  His dealings in the Pharisee’s and Scribes depicted His unwillingness to play games with people whose hearts have no desire to obey and worship Him.   But H... Keep Reading

Grief and the Human Condition

March 14, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

The shortest sentence in the Scriptures is “Jesus wept.” It was on the occasion of His arrival at the home of Lazarus who had died four days before. He encountered the crying and wailing of those who had loved this disciple and was soon weeping Himself. In doing so the sinless Son of God ratified grief as the proper human response to lo... Keep Reading

The Not-So-Triumphant Entry

March 14, 2018 | by: Mandy Mercado | 0 Comments

John 12:12-19 If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard of the “Triumphant” or “Triumphal Entry”. The Triumphant Entry is Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem before His final Passover celebration there. We celebrate this today on Palm Sunday. Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donk... Keep Reading

An Extravagant Love

March 13, 2018 | by: Daniel Riconda | 0 Comments

John 12:1-11 Some of my favorite moments as a father are those when my children show me how much they love me, even when they look or sound ridiculous. They don’t care what they look like or what others think, they just love us so very much and want to show it. Scenes of Matthew running to me with open arms, tongue hanging out, hair bouncing... Keep Reading

If Only Jesus Had Been There for Me

March 8, 2018 | by: Laurie D'Amico | 0 Comments

John 11:1-16 Jesus often stayed with Mary and Martha when he came to Jerusalem for the feasts.  He was well acquainted with them and they were his dear friends.  Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus became very sick.  So they sent a message to Jesus saying about Lazarus “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”  We ... Keep Reading

How Vast His Thoughts Toward Me

March 7, 2018 | by: Camille King | 0 Comments

The following was written in response to the sermon this past Sunday (Jesus Encounters a Man Born Blind) - specifically a story within the sermon about a young pastor and his wife who gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome (Camille gave birth to a son with Down Syndrome 8 years ago).   _____________________________________________... Keep Reading

5 Years In

March 5, 2018 | by: Jessica Francis | 0 Comments

Yesterday we celebrated the 5 year birthday of True Life Church. At our potluck celebration, the church community thanked Chris and me and prayed over us and for the continuation of our journey. As we stood up there, I couldn't help but think about how grateful I am for this community, and how I should be the one thanking them rather than the other... Keep Reading

God's Glory on Display

March 4, 2018 | by: Nick Carlson | 0 Comments

John 9:8-17 So this guy gets healed and now what? He goes about his normal every day life only this time he can see. This single fact alone is a stark contrast to his beggar days and soon enough he gets noticed by the people in the village. It doesn't seem to imply he is running around shouting about how he has been healed and when asked what happ... Keep Reading

Jesus, the Eternal I AM

February 28, 2018 | by: Mandy Mercado | 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but that name gives me chills... I AM. In the Greek, it’s Ego eimi. God the Father referred to himself as I AM several times in scripture, and Jesus (Yahweh) did it too. But one of the most moving and spine chilling times, in my opinion, is in John 8:57-58. The Jews had been challenging Jesus since the beginning... Keep Reading

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