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Do Something Good

Small acts of kindness with great love change the world. That's the mantra of Steve Sjogren, a church planter and pastor in the Vineyard network, who spoke this weekend and shared with us stories of how he has seen kindness advance the Kingdom of God. Steve showed us how simple it is to do small acts that produce big results.

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Resurrection Sunday

We serve a king named Jesus who was raised from the dead in bodily form. We as Christians often talk about leaving this body and earth for heaven, but the beauty of resurrection is that it’s ‘other worldly’ and ’this worldly’ at the same time. The testimony of scripture is a resurrection that portends new creation: a new creation that began on resurrection day.

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Good Friday

Jesus died on Friday and Death died on Sunday. No one took Jesus’ life. Rather, Jesus willingly gave up his life to the dismay of the disciples who understood Christ as the sovereign King. The darkness overwhelmed them, but only for a moment before it lifted at the work of Christ’s pronouncement, “It is finished.”

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Betrayed

A woman broke an Alabaster flask worth a year’s wages and poured it onto Jesus’ head, effectively giving up a year of her life to honor Jesus. This woman was wasting herself on him and announcing prophetically that Jesus was going to waste himself on all of human kind. When we take communion together, we are proclaiming Jesus and what he did for us when he poured out his blood for the forgiveness of sins. As a result, we are in the new covenant; we are a part of the house of forgiveness.

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Times and Seasons

A lot of fear and anxiety has taken root in the church over "End Time" pronouncements of being "left behind". This warning has been used to describe a coming rapture of the saints where the one taken will be raptured up to heaven to be with Jesus. However, the Biblical context describes that the one taken is to be judged while the remnant were to be Kingdom occupiers. What we think was the end of the world was the end of Old Covenant Israel and the New Beginning was the marriage of heaven and earth, a new life with Christ as the head. Will you be left behind? The answer will give you hope.

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Hypocrisy: Theirs and Ours

The challenge of church hypocrisy is prevalent today because we as the church have, like the Pharisees, focused on the sins and forgot about the people. Jesus tells us his heart for us is that we would be a treasure he releases on all the world; a priesthood for the whole world. If we represent Jesus and his great abundant love for people, then they have a chance at seeing Jesus for who he really is.

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Riddling the Inquisitors

We are the image-bearers of God. As Christians, everything we have belongs to God, including our lives. We must say, "This is yours, Lord. What are we gonna do?" We serve the one who is despised and rejected of men, and yet he forgave us. We serve the one who had no beauty that we should behold him, but our eyes are riveted and we cannot turn away. Run to him. And he becomes yours, yours, yours. And then he says, ‘Now, run to them.’

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Just As You Are

In the Kingdom, some are in and some are out; The Kingdom is inclusive and exclusive. Many are called but few are chosen. How do we understand the difference? We are in a big tent revival and Jesus is still trying to get a bigger tent. Jesus has called us and is calling others into his tent, into his family. The chosen are the ones who listen.

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