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When I Showed the Whole Church My Tattoo

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020

When I Showed the Whole Church My Tattoo

This is isn’t exactly the title of my most recent sermon, but it is what happened! My passage was in John 15, around the theme of Jesus’ invitation to “abide in me”, and, well, since those exact words are tattooed across my arm, I couldn’t resist. Click below to hear how it all went down…

“At Home with God”

Also, here are my sermon notes if you’d like to follow along: NOTES

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New Year Devo // Week 4

Posted by on Jan 26, 2020

New Year Devo // Week 4

WEEK 4 / Jan. 26-31

“Jesus’ Proclamation”

Read Luke 4:16-21

As you imagine this scene and hear the words Jesus declares about his purpose and mission, what stands out for you?

What are some of the feelings the hearers of this proclamation might have experienced in this moment?

As you follow Jesus into this new year, in what ways might you be a part of his plan to:

  • Proclaim good news to the poor?
  • Proclaim liberty to the captives?
  • Give recovery of sight to the blind?
  • Set at liberty those who are oppressed?
  • Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor?

Read Mark 1:16-20 

Imagine you are one of those called by Jesus to “follow me”.

  • What do you feel as you hear his words addressed to you?
  • What draws you to follow Jesus?
  • What fears arise within you?

End your prayer time by bringing all these feelings and thoughts to God. Entrust this new year to him. Reaffirm your need for his Spirit and strength to guide and help you as you follow him. Recommit to depend on him as you step out into the uncharted waters of the future. 

Keep your eyes on him as you pray this prayer of commitment and intention: 

I am no longer my own, but yours.

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing, put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,

exalted for you, or brought low for you;

let me be full,

let me be empty,

let me have all things,

let me have nothing:

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.


(John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer”)

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New Year Devo // Week 3

Posted by on Jan 19, 2020

New Year Devo // Week 3

WEEK 3 / Jan. 19-25

“Jesus’ Temptation”

Read Matthew 4:1-11

Imagine you are looking on from afar…

  • What do you notice about Jesus before Satan comes to tempt him, during the temptation and after the temptation?

When the temptations are over, imagine yourself going over and speaking to Jesus. Journal your interaction with Jesus. What do you say, and why? How does Jesus respond to you?

Close with pondering the words of this poem:

“Stones into Bread” (by Malcolm Guite)

The Fountain thirsts, the Bread is hungry here

The Light is dark, the Word without a voice.

When darkness speaks it seems so light and clear.

Now He must dare, with us, to make a choice.

In a distended belly’s cruel curve

He feels the famine of the ones who lose

He starves for those whom we have forced to starve

He chooses now for those who cannot choose.

He is the staff and sustenance of life

He lives for all from one Sustaining Word

His love still breaks and pierces like a knife

The stony ground of hearts that never shared,

God gives through Him what Satan never could;

The broken bread that is our only food.

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