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  • January 26, 2020
    • Next Sunday: Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-18; Message: "A Mug's Game."  The house churches of Corinth should be a network of believers shining the light of Jesus Christ in the midst of a Babel of religions, philosophies, and cultures.  Instead, they're fighting among themselves over who is the most Christian.  Paul does not feel at all honored that one of the house churches is referring to itself as the Paul Church.  It's obvious from these verses that Paul considers infighting among Christians a mug's game.  Real wisdom comes not from seeking worldly victories, but from throwing each other a lifesaver in hopes of saving each other from the destruction of this world. 

    • February 2, 2020 - Scripture: Hebrews 2:14-18; Message: "Been There. Done That. Bought the T-shirt."  There's a popular saying: "Been there. Done That. Bought the T-shirt."  It implies that when it comes to a certain experience we've not only done it, but we've done it all.  The author of Hebrews is saying that Jesus has been everywhere we've been, experienced every hardship we've faced, to the point that he could have worn the t-shirt bearing this statement.  Because of this we can truly know, in our laments, that Jesus has been tested like us and truly understands what it is we're going through.

    • February 9, 2020 - Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12; Message: "Rebuilding the Ruins."  One of the things prophets do in scripture is ask the questions we don't want to answer, because if we answer honestly we convict ourselves.  Isaiah asks a number of questions, and the answers are abvious.  What he is really asking is, "Why do you do these things without a heart behind it and expect it to work?"  Obeying the letter of the law accomplishes nothing if our lives do not reflect God's intention for a good society.  That was the point of the law in the first place.  If we worship God we will act as God intended.