Monthly Archives: September 2017

From Doing Ministry to Developing Ministers

Pastors who do their job poorly focus attention on themselves; pastors who do their job properly equip the saints from the work of ministry (Eph 4:12). Recently our pastoral staff has been discussing how we can shift our focus from … Continue reading

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Exiled from Eden (Ezek 28:11–19)

When pride puffs us up to feel too good (or bad) for a place, then exile happens. While we are formed in a barren wasteland to flourish by God’s presence and work a particular place (Gen 2:4–17), Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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A Problem…and two solutions

We have a problem. In Wheaton for our 11 AM worship service, we don’t have enough seats. Experts say that when a sanctuary is 80% full, then people will stop coming because it is too full. At 11 AM our … Continue reading

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Cultivating our Eden (Gen 2:5–17)

Where are we going in this sermon series? As Genesis 1–3 provide an overture to the symphony of Scripture, these chapters lay a strong foundation to reading the entire Bible. In Genesis 1:1–2:3, the God who orders chaos commissions us … Continue reading

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Going Far Together

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. When I am running, I usually start out too fast and cannot finish at that pace. When I run with my wife, we start … Continue reading

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Rest of Creation (Gen 2:1–3)

Did God create the world for us? The six days of creation pinnacle with the creation of humanity and more space is dedicated in Genesis 1 to the creation of humanity than anything else. So can we conclude that God … Continue reading

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Living from Joy not Anger

Do you live from anger or joy? Recently I felt angry.  I was disappointed in the absence of desired results.  Yet I was reminded me that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). My … Continue reading

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