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The High Cost of Following Christ

The High Cost of Following Christ

The first character we’re going to talk about in this study is Joseph Caiaphas. If you grew up in church, you probably know him as Caiaphas. He was the high priest during the time of Jesus — the most powerful, influential person in Jerusalem, Judea, and what we would consider ancient Israel. He was the

Telling the truth can be hard sometimes, but telling ourselves the truth can take even more practice! But, integrity matters! Let yourself be uncomfortable in the truth. Face it with the Lord and then move forward with His help. You’ll be glad you did!

The Integrity Question

  Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. — Proverbs 10:9 Am I Being Honest with Myself… Really? The easiest person to deceive is the person in the mirror. It shouldn’t be this way, but it is. We’ll talk about why in a paragraph or two. But

More Than a Decision

“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go… You have to ask the question — you have to want to know — in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.” ~ Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School Professor SESSION

Am I Being Honest with Myself… Really?

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? — Jeremiah 17:9 NIV Good question. Not me. Apparently, nobody. This explains why we’ve all said at some point, “I don’t understand why I did what I did.” Which is just another way of saying, “I don’t understand why I decided

The Maturity Question: How often do we operate as if there needs to be a Thou Shalt Not in order for us to not do it? Why not ask what is the wise thing to do instead?

The Maturity Question

What is the wise thing to do? What is the wise thing for me to do? We’ve never met, but here’s something I know about you. Your greatest regret… And I’m talking about that moment of regret. The moment you would give anything to go back and relive or undo. The tipping point. The point

Simply Resistible

Modern Bible readers see Jesus as an extension of the Jewish Scriptures, our Old Testament. Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day didn’t see Him as an extension or fulfillment of anything… From their vantage point, Jesus was introducing something new. On this, they were correct. ~ Andy Stanley BEFORE YOU BEGIN A quick reading reminder before

Who Needs Christmas?: The Story Behind the Story

The story of Christmas doesn’t begin the way you probably think it does. It doesn’t begin with angels announcing the birth of a savior. It doesn’t begin with a young couple on an out-of-town trip trying to find a place to stay as the woman goes into labor. It begins all the way back in

Guardrails: Direct and Protect

We’re all aware of the destructive consequences associated with poor decisions or lapses in judgment. We don’t plan to mess up. But it can easily happen if we try to navigate life without guardrails. It’s not enough to hope God will protect us. He doesn’t usually keep us from the consequences of decisions we make

The Way of Grace: Inviting to the Unrighteous and Threatening to the Self-righteous

When Jesus began His ministry, He found the nation of Israel divided over the issue of personal righteousness; that is, how a person gains and maintains good standing with God. One camp argued that a person could earn a right standing with God by keeping the law. To do this, however, they had to perfect

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