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Finding Lost Sheep

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Have you ever wondered why some people hate Jesus? Why they are so offended by Him? Jesus offers insight in Sunday's preaching passage. In John 10:26, he says to the hostile religious leaders, "You do not believe because you are not among my sheep." Unbelievers are described in scripture as those whose minds have been blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:11). Elsewh...

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Pretend Shepherding is Lethal

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There are times in life when pretending is okay, and even encouraged. A costume party would be a good example. Or an actress performing in a play. The nature of both events assumes (and expects) that pretending is happening. However, pretending in life and death situations is not funny nor is it appropriate. If you were experiencing a medical emergency, you would not appr...

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I once was blind, but now I see

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Gratitude flows freely when you are given a desired gift that was not previously yours. Think of a thoughtful birthday gift, a new friendship, or even a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. It is easy to be thankful for such things. In contrast, the more we grow accustomed to God's blessings on a daily basis, the easier it is to take them for granted. For example, we'...

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The Light of the World

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Light is a welcomed sight when you are lost in the dark. Light gives you clarity about where you are, and it helps you see where you need to go. In contrast, light can be disrupting and even blinding when you want to be in the dark.In Sunday's passage, John 8:12-50, Jesus identifies himself as the light of the world. For some (then and now) this is hopeful, life-giving new...

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Rivers of Living Water

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On a hot summer day, there's nothing like a cold glass of water to quench your thirst. But where do you go when you are dehydrated deep inside or when you're in a spiritual drought? In this week's passage, John 7:37-52, Jesus shares the only way to truly quench our spiritual thirst. Back then people debated Jesus' claim, and they were divided about Him. Some things never ...

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'Who's on Trial?'

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The claims of Jesus have been debated ever since he walked this earth. Today is no different. People are generally fine with the "acceptable" parts of Jesus' message, such as his commands to: Love one another. Do unto others what you would want done to you. Turn the other cheek. Go the extra mile. You get the point. However, Jesus calls us to much more. He is not ...

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Honoring Jesus

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As we continue through John's gospel this Sunday, we will be confronted about the danger of adopting a "weak" view of Jesus in John 5. Jesus has authority to give life to whom He will (v. 21), while also having the authority to execute judgment (v.22, 27). Therefore, honoring Jesus is a big deal to God the Father (v.23-24). Fellow believer, ponder today how you might honor...

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Summer Location 2023

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This Sunday marks a significant moment in the life of our church. It will be the first time in Hope's 12-year history that our Sunday morning worship service will happen in an actual church building. We are thankful for God's abundant provision, and we hope to see you at our new summer location, which is at the Christian Assembly of Suburban Chicago (23W420 St. Charles Rd....

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"For God so loved the world..."

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You know the verse. It's the most famous in the Bible. It's been memorized in Sunday school and plastered on posters at sporting events. John 3:16. There's good reason for the attention it has received. In it, we see the gospel explained. However, somehow we can naively believe that we "get" the gospel, and we are ready to move on. Don't be deceived. The beauty of the gos...

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"He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease"

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We naturally want to be on the winning side. To be the ones who are noticed for our achievements. Rarely does someone dream about being second chair in the orchestra, or the back-up quarterback, or the understudy for a lead role. That is where our natural thinking must change. If you want to follow Jesus, it means diving to the bottom. It means humbling yourself: giving u...

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