Passages for Sunday, April 22, 2018

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John 15:5 NIV
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.

 

Hebrews 12:2
For the joy set before Him He endured the cross

 

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Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

Psalm 30:11 NLT
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

 

QUOTE
“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” ~C.S. Lewis

 

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Next week:

Practice God’s Presence!

Remain in Me Series- Week #3 – Joy, pt 1

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This week at the Bridge we moved into chapter two of my upcoming book, “Remain in Me”, where we looked at JOY, the first of five practices for your journey towards intimacy with God.   There we saw that, rather than being a result of our circumstances, joy is an attitude of our hearts and a choice in how we perceive the world around us.

Real joy comes through repentance.  Not the “feeling bad about yourself” repentance, though feeling conviction is natural.  Instead, true repentance means changing our minds, changing how we think to agree with God and how He thinks.  This is what Paul is talking about when he says, “…be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…” Romans 12:2.

This is where real joy comes from.

Let me know if this message is helpful for you.

 

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Passages for Sunday, April 8, 2018

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Psalm 63:5 NLT
I will praise You with songs of joy.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

Mark 1:15 NIV
15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 

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Romans 12:2
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

 

Read through the Bible in a year:

http://www.bibleclassmaterial.com/BibleReadingSchedule2018.pdf

Read through the New Testament in a year:

http://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/navtool-newtestament.pdf

 

Easter 2018 – Why Look for Life Among the Dead?

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This week at the Bridge we pressed into the question that the angel at the tomb posed to the disciples, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a tomb?” and how that question has implications for us today as we so often find ourselves looking for Life in places filled with dead things.

Remain in Me Series- Week #2 – Five Practices, pt 2

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This past week at the Bridge we finished up the first chapter of “Remain in Me” with an overview of the Five Practices that I see David laying out for us in Psalm 63.

We also took a look at the ideas of both doctrine and devotion, and how we need a good balance between the two in our lives if we want to develop a healthy, vibrant, intimate relationship with God.

FYI – When I say, “One last thing” at the beginning of the recording, I am finishing up announcements, not the sermon.

Passages for Sunday, April 1, 2018

HE IS RISEN!

HAPPY EASTER!

Luke 24:1- The Passion Translation
The Resurrection of Jesus
24 Very early that Sunday morning, the women made their way to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. Among them were Mary Magdalene; Joanna; and Mary, Jesus’ mother. 2 Arriving at the tomb they discovered that the huge stone covering the entrance had been rolled aside, 3 so they went in to look. But the tomb was empty. The body of Jesus was gone!

4 They stood there, stunned and perplexed. Suddenly two men in dazzling white robes shining like lightning appeared above them. 5 Terrified, the women fell to the ground on their faces.

The men in white said to them, “Why would you look for the living One in a tomb? He is not here, for He has risen! 6 Have you forgotten what He said to you while He was still in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man is destined to be handed over to sinful men to be nailed to a cross, and on the third day He will rise again’?”

8 All at once they remembered His words. 9 Leaving the tomb, they went to break the news to the Eleven and to all the others of what they had seen and heard.

11 When the disciples heard the testimony of the women, it made no sense, and they were unable to believe what they heard. 12 But Peter jumped up and ran the entire distance to the tomb to see for himself. Stooping down, he looked inside and discovered it was empty! There was only the linen sheet lying there. Staggered by this, he walked away, wondering what it meant.

 

John 11:25
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

 

John 14:6 NIV
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

 

John 1:4 NIV
4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

 

John 10:10 NIV
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

 

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1 John 1:7 NIV
7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another

 

Passages for Sunday, March 25, 2018

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John 15:5 NIV
“If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

 

John 17:3 NIV
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.

 

“The question is not ‘how do I find God?’ But ‘How am I to let myself be found by Him?’”

Henri Nouwen
“The Return of the Prodigal Son”

 

 

Exodus 3:1-6 NIV
3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”

 

Psalm 25:14 NIV
14 The Lord confides in those who fear Him;
He makes His covenant known to them.