Monthly Archives: March 2017

Denying the Passion (Luke 22:63–71)

We too quickly deny the necessity of suffering. We want cake without calories, dentists without pain, and a crown without a cross. Yet we cannot follow Jesus unless his suffering (= Passion) shapes everything. In the past few weeks, we … Continue reading

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Two questions about growth. (1) Why are people coming? (2) What can we do?

“So how long have you been coming here?”  This is a great question to ask if you don’t know someone. In our church, nobody knows everybody, even me! Around the time that Living Water and Blanchard merged in 2015, our … Continue reading

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Passionate Prayer (Luke 22:39–48)

  Sometimes our knees buckle because of the challenges before us. Jesus, though, could stand with confidence before the cross because he knelt in agony at Gethsemane. The victory at Calvary was won in the garden of Gethsemane. If we … Continue reading

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Passionate Discipleship: Sifted to Strengthen (Luke 22:31–38)

Nobody likes to be shaken from his or her comfort zone. But even after we pray, sometimes we find ourselves shaken from those comfort zones. Is God not powerful enough to fix our problems?  Luke 22:31–38 shows us that when we … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Burden of Leadership

We must not underestimate the burden of leadership. In 2 Cor 1:8–9, Paul says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt we had received the sentence … Continue reading

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Raising our Failure Rate

G. K. Chesterton says, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”  A number of years ago, a church consultant concluded that Blanchard needed to raise its failure rate. I think that I’m doing a good job … Continue reading

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Passionate Greatness (Luke 22:24–30)

  We easily equate greatness with position. But sometimes people with position fail to show greatness, while people without position are truly great. If greatness does not depend on position,  what does greatness look like? In Luke 22:24–30 Jesus reminds … Continue reading

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