Help from the Pastors

Trust and Obey

by mjongsma September 17, 2013

In the midst of all of the lists, details and symbolism of the book of Numbers, I see a simple, yet vitally important question being asked by God: Are you willing to trust and submit to my leadership? Over their generations in Egypt, the Israelites had come to question God and distrust those in authority […]

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A Lesson From a Fig Tree

by mjongsma July 31, 2013

 “The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the […]

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Pathway to God’s Favor (Genesis 39)

by Pastor Dave March 31, 2013

  Who doesn’t want more favor? I love the Capitol 1 Credit card commercials with Jimmy Fallon. In only the way Jimmy can do he says, “who doesn’t want more cash.” Everybody does, except for that naughty little girl who always throws the cash back in his face – silly girl. The same could be […]

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Life Lessons from Bekah’s Boys

by mjongsma March 28, 2013

The Journey reading is about to turn the page on one of the most colorful families in scripture – the Isaac & Rebekah clan. The picture of them learning to follow God in spite of flawed character, foolish decisions and uneven faith gives the rest of us normal people hope. There are literally hundreds of […]

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The Price of Blessing

by mjongsma March 11, 2013

The popular theology of the day teaches us how to unlock God’s storehouse of blessings (usually defined as physical and financial prosperity). An honest reading of the  scriptures, however, reveals a formula for success that is in stark contrast to what we are being told. The blessings of God are not without cost. Yes, God […]

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What’s up with Genesis 19?

by mjongsma March 7, 2013

In Genesis 19—the story of Sodom and Gomorrah—we have one of the more challenging (and divisive) passages of scripture. Recently, a college student asked me to explain this passage. I thought I would share that explanation with you. Because of it’s length, this will be a 2-part post. Genesis 18 provides the backdrop of the […]

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The Revolutionary

by mjongsma February 14, 2013

“Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.” Matthew 27:38 Isn’t it fitting that Jesus was crucified alongside “two revolutionaries”? Revolutionaries are people who desire to see things turned around. They want significant change. They want to overcome something that they don’t like. They want to start a […]

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God’s Grace Flips the Script

by mjongsma February 5, 2013

Matthew 20 gives us several uncomfortable and inconvenient lessons about how the  God’s grace changes the way we understand Him and ourselves. In the Kingdom of God… … the unwanted become the welcomed. … the Rejected becomes the Redeemer. … the lead dogs become the pack mules. … the blind become the guides to faith. […]

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What Does Jesus say about Divorce?

by mjongsma February 4, 2013

The question about Jesus’ stand on divorce came up already in Matthew 5:31-32 – 31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit […]

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Why is Forgiveness so Hard?

by mjongsma February 1, 2013

Reading the parable of the unforgiving debtor in Matthew 18 reminds me of the discussion we had in our community group this week. The question was asked, “Why is it so hard to forgive someone who has wronged you?” I think what makes it so hard is that we have a built-in sense of justice. […]

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