May 21 2018

“What’s in your Lunch Box” John 6:1-13

“What’s in your Lunch Box” John 6:1-13


Hanging out with your best friends and all of a sudden you are joined by a hungry crowd (thousand of them) and you realize that bag of frozen patties and buns isn’t going to do, or is it? While every gospel writer noted the miracle we look at today, it is John that both emphasizes that “God is able” but also, that we can play a part. For the impossible circumstances in your life, the question is still “what’s in your lunch box?” 

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May 14 2018

“OK, Mom!” John 2:1-11

“OK, Mom!” John 2:1-11

Seeing a fast approaching embarrassment coming, Jesus’s mother calls upon her son to intervene on behalf of the wedding party. John notes that this is the first of the many miraculous signs Jesus would perform, but it also may be the most curious.  Is He encouraging drinking to excess?  What deep truth is being revealed in this act?  And what about that exchange with his mother that sets the stage for all that is to come? 

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April 30 2018

Living Like a “Child” 1 John 3:1

Living Like a “Child” 1 John 3:1 

As Easter people we are invited to live with our “eyes open” to God’s presence as well as His good- ness to us. We are not only to be more like recipients, but also participants. How can we live in greater awareness of His purposes for us?

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April 23 2018

Special thank you from Missionaries embarking on a new life journey

Special Friends of New Life Community Church Steve and Carol Johnson.

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April 16 2018

“The Power of a “thank you”!” Luke 17:11-19

“The Power of a “thank you”!”
Luke 17:11-19 

As Easter-people we are invited to live with our “eyes open” (woke) to not just to God’s presence in our lives but also His goodness. This awareness of His goodness changes us and “Thank you” has the power to change the world. 

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April 9 2018

“Living (spiritually) Woke” Luke 24:13-35

“Living (spiritually) Woke” Luke 24:13-35 

 

The slang term “woke” has gained popular usage in our culture today. It generally means to be “awake” of the world (in particular to the injustices) around you. Easter, while it is a day to remember/celebrate Christ’s victory over death, is also an invitation to live “Woke” day to day in this new reality of Christ’s victory. As Easter-people we are invited to live in awareness of His presence, His goodness and His purposes with us at all times. 

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March 26 2018

The Unique Jesus (part 6) The Cross: Grace for the Undeserving Luke 23:32-43

The Unique Jesus (part 6) The Cross: Grace for the Undeserving Luke 23:32-43 

Each Gospel tells the story of Jesus yet each tells it in a unique way. As we draw near to Easter we continue to look at the story of Jesus from Luke’s perspective. At the cross, Luke captures an en- counter Jesus has with another man condemned to die that day. His dying words still speak to our greatest need: God’s Grace that will wash away our sin. 

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March 19 2018

The Unique Jesus (part 5) Friend of Sinners Luke 19:1-10

The Unique Jesus (part 5) Friend of Sinners Luke 19:1-10 

Each Gospel tells the story of Jesus yet each tells it in a unique way. As we draw near to Easter we continue to look at the story of Jesus from Luke’s perspective. “Jesus, friend of sinners” is a key part of Luke’s depiction. In today’s passage we see Jesus encounter a short fellow in a tree and find that there’s a little Zacchaeus in all of us. 

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March 12 2018

The Unique Jesus (part 4) Uncomfortable Grace Luke 15:11-32

The Unique Jesus (part 4) Uncomfortable Grace Luke 15:11-32 

Each Gospel tells the story of Jesus yet each tells it in a unique way. As we draw near to Easter we continue to look at the story of Jesus from Luke’s perspective. Some of our favorite parables and stories that Jesus told are only found in Luke, including today’s story of a man who had two sons. Are we more amazed or disturbed by the grace revealed in the story of the prodigal? 

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March 5 2018

“Soldiers in God’s Army” by Chaplain Sanders, Merced County Jail Ministry

Merced County Jail Ministry

P.O. Box 1221

Merced, CA 95341

 

(209) 356-8067

jespreach01@att.net

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