• Ground Zero Revival - Peace of Mind
    I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way. - John chapter 14, verses 30 to 31, NRSV Did you notice the very end of this passage? Right there at the end. It seems innocuous enough. Rise, let us be on our way. Three words in Greek. "Let's go." "Let's get this show on the road." Read in a greater…
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  • Ground Zero Revival: When Joy Comes Home
    Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.Ecclesiastes 9:7, NRSV If you were speaking to a new Christian, what Bible book would you have them study first? Many people believe the answer to this question should include a focus on Proverbs because it talks about wise conduct, and who among us couldn't be accused of acting a bit foolishly at times? Or in my case, a lot foolishly at times. Wisdom is important. It's so important the Bible has three books of it, and while they…
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  • Ground Zero Revival: Unexpected Love
    Ground Zero Revival: Unexpected Love By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. - Hebrews 11:11, NRSV Who, what, why, where, when, and how? We just discussed nones and dones last week and the fact that they really do need some answers, and that we need to answer them as authentically as possible. There's a catch, though. The nones and dones aren't the only ones who want answers. We do, too. We sometimes ask, "What's this whole thing about?" For whatever reason, we may not ask it very loudly,…
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  • Ground Zero Revival: Hope against Hope
    Ground Zero Revival: Hope against Hope First of all, you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!” 2 Peter 3:3-4, NRSV Have you ever wondered if the scoffers were right? I mean, if you take it at face value, they have an excellent point. After all, we’re sitting here amid an en masse departure from the church by younger people. They’re being joined by people who have long been deniers…
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  • This Holy Fight: No Man's Land
    This Holy Fight: No Man's Land For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians chapter 6, verses 12 and 13 Do you have a bucket list? Maybe it's something like running with the bulls or visiting someplace monumental. Going to a really great concert, or event. The Super Bowl, maybe?…
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