Freebie # 87-Dave Yauk: What Does God Make Essential for Life?
Jan13
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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 4
Jan01

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 4

A First WarningThe author pauses his discussion on Jesus’ superiority over the angels and gives his readers their first warning. (Here, we also see the first instance of toggling between exposition and exhortation). The logic of the first warning is a bit twisty at first glance, but some background will clarify the author’s reasoning. The law that God gave Moses in the Old Testament is oftentimes referred to as the Mosaic Law, or...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 3
Dec25

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 3

The Angel’s Moment in the SunThis Jesus, through whom God has now spoken, is supreme. His preeminence is seen first in comparison to the angels. Yes, angels are glorious beings, but Jesus is more glorious. The author gives three pairs of Old Testament quotations to emphasize the expansive gulf existing between the eternal Son of God and these heavenly servants.Angels, they may be on high,Sweetly singing o’er the plains,But the...

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Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 2
Dec18

Hebrews: A 28-Day Musical Devotional-Day 2

Heaven and EarthThe letter opens with a bang! Unlike other New Testament epistles, there is no salutation or greeting. The author launches straight into a proclamation about Jesus, whose words of salvation are better than those of prophets of old. In former days (“long ago”), God spoke to his people in a variety of ways (think human prophets, a burning bush, the mouth of a donkey). But now, “in these last days,” God has given us a far...

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Freebie # 83-Dave Yauk: How does the Christian turn information into transformation?
Dec16
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Freebie # 82-Dave Yauk: We Need Better Storytellers
Dec09
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Freebie # 81-Dave Yauk: Why do we Contemplate Creativity
Dec02
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Freebie # 80-Dave Yauk: Caricatures of a Disciple
Nov25
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Freebie # 79-Dave Yauk: Every Issue is a Worship Issue
Nov18
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Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 3
Nov06

Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 3

How to Learn, Not What To Think … The most important thing we can learn to do, is to preach the Truth to ourselves. In my 18 years of teaching, I’ve seen educator after educator, and preacher after preacher assume that their audience knows the Word because they teach it to them. In my experience, it’s exactly the opposite. People don’t know how to learn,  from our methods, only what to think. We...

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Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 2
Oct30

Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 2

1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” What causes someone to ask you to tell them the truth? It seems this is what Peter’s getting at. He seems to imply that our “preaching” should be so loud through our “living” that it demands a question. So how...

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Freebie # 76-Hugh Whelchel: The Importance of Our Work
Oct28
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Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 1
Oct23

Honoring Christ In Our Preaching-Day 1

Questions Over Statements: Let me just pose to you something and see if it changes what you think of preaching. Here goes … If you were to go through the entire ministry and life of Jesus, and create a ratio from all of the things he said, you would come up with this: Jesus asked 4 questions for every 1 statement he made. Think about that … that the all-knowing God and most wise King of the universe stooped down to us to ask...

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Freebie # 75-Hugh Whelchel: Sacred and Secular Divide
Oct21
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Freebie # 74-Hugh Whelchel: The Why Behind All of Our Work
Oct14
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Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 6
Oct02

Honoring Christ In Human Rights-Day 6

Fasting & Feasting Pt. 1 The original mandate given to Adam by God, was to multiply, cultivate the world, and produce. Unfortunately, our world today is driven by consumption. We consume food, drink, programs, services, and most of all, people. The church, though it should be a glowing example of production and human flourishing, often turns into the same program-riddled machine that eats and wears people out as...

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