Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 29

Jonah’s Challenge for Us

     Jonah 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It epitomizes why I like the Old Testament so much: what we are didactically taught in the New Testament about God’s heart and character, we find painted in wonderful stories in the Old Testament. These stories strengthen my understanding of God. They …

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Apr 24

Serving Opportunity for your LG May 4!

LifeGroup Leaders,  We have a great opportunity for your Lifegroup to “Serve Together”! Lee Williams, our liaison for Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Rebound Program, is looking for a LifeGroup that would be willing to host a lunch for the CRM-Rebound residents on Saturday, May 4th. The commitment would be to meet at Good shepherd at 9:15am (departing no …

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Apr 23

New LifeGroup Study for Next Sermon Series!

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth… So begins one of the oldest compilations of of the church’s beliefs, a bold declaration known as The Apostles’ Creed.  Some of you grew up reciting it in church every week. Others had more limited exposure to these words, and even that was colored …

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Apr 22

Wrath & Grace

      Two weeks ago, I wrote that one of the things we would find out through the book of Jonah is that the popular distinction of a “God of Wrath” in the Old Testament and a “God of Grace” in the New Testament is a misreading of the stories contained within scripture. This week, …

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Apr 15

Jonah, The Fish, & Miracles

     The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Jonah is the great big fish: the one that swallowed Jonah and vomited him on to dry land. This is understandable. It’s a miraculous event that shocks us. It’s what we remember, even though it’s not what the story is about. Now, a …

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Apr 10

News To Know, April 2013 Edition

News to Know 1.) Our Spring Bible Classes are beginning on April 17th and 18th! Dr. Alison Littauer from Gordon Conwell Seminary will be teaching a class titled “6 Dead Guys…And Why You Should Know Them!,” James-Michael Smith is going to be teaching a class titled “Revelation: A Guided Tour of the Apocalypse,” and Ryan Gordon …

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Apr 08

What is Jonah Really About?

     As I’ve taught about how to understand scripture in context over the past several years I’ve noticed that in many ways it’s easier to do with the New Testament. While we are almost two thousand years removed from the writing of the New Testament, we’re much more familiar with 1st century culture and history …

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