Generous Dependence As we enter into the second part of the Lord’s Prayer, we turn our attention to our environment.  What would it be like to live in an environment of grace? Of generous hospitality? Of daily joyful dependence?  All week long we swim in a sea of anxiety. We are battered by the cultural currents…

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Today we turn our attention to Psalm 4. One of the biggest challenges in times like this is establishing and maintaining healthy routines. And Psalm 4 and 5 give us the routine of evening and morning prayer.  In these Psalms, David finds himself in a time where: his future is uncertain,  his name is slandered,  his…

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 3:10-14 Today’s Song: I Need Thee Notes:  We all know that it is more blessed to give than receive…but sometimes it is harder to receive than it is to give.  Receiving implies needing…and we often don’t like to be needy.  But Grace requires it.  And God gives it. 

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 3:1-9 Today’s Song: Alas Did My Savior Bleed  Notes:  Don’t be bewitched!  Here is a question: what kind of car did George Washington drive?  Silly question, right?  Cars weren’t invented then…but this is the same type of error the Galatians were making.  In these verses, Paul argues that faith MUST proceed any type…

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 3:1-5 Today’s Song: As The Deer  Notes:  Don’t be bewitched!  Here Paul challenges the Galatians with one forceful question: did they receive the Spirt by works of the Law or by hearing with faith?  As far as Paul is concerned every aspect of the Christian life grows out of and revolves around…

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 3-5 Today’s Song: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms  Notes:  Today we move into a new section: chapters 3-5.  In the first two chapters, Paul has argued that grace is the gift of Christ. It is the amazing self-giving of Christ who has given himself for me, and now I no longer live but it…

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Today we turn our attention to the book of Zechariah.  The restoration of Jerusalem after the exile happened in three key phases: Phase 1: The rebuilding of the temple (536-516 BC)  Phase 2: Ezra’s ministry of teaching (468 BC)  Phases 3: Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the walls (445 BC)  During the first phase, when they were…

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 2:19 Today’s Song: Were You There? Notes:  “So, tell me about the day you died.”Has anyone ever asked you that…me neither. But here, Paul tells us about his death. He actually died with Christ and now lives a new life.  Today we think about that new life and what does it mean…

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Today’s Verse: Galatians 2:16 Today’s Song: In Christ Alone  Notes:  Today we see that the most important thing about us…is not about us! And we begin to answer the three Massive questions that will shape, at the very least, how we understand Galatians…but also will shape how we understand all of life and reality:  What does Paul…

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