April 10, 2011

Why Did Jesus Die? For Failures. – Matthew 26:30-46, 69-75 – David Hanke

April 3, 2011

Why Did Jesus Die? To Make the People Happy. – Matthew 27:11-26 – David Hanke

March 27, 2011

Stories of Devotion – Matthew 26:1-16 – Dr. Dennis Hollinger

March 20, 2011

Why Did Jesus Die? For Power. – Matthew 26 – David Hanke

March 13, 2011

Why Did Jesus Die? For Peace and Quiet – Matthew 26:1-5, 57-68 – David Hanke

March 6, 2011

Sent as Sheep – Matthew 10:5-25 – David Hanke

Don’t Waste a Crisis

One of the most misquoted verses you’ll never find in the Bible is this one:  “God will never give me more than I can handle.”

Huh?  Really?  Where’s that one?  Poverty, genocide, war, failure, mental illness–  people are given more than they can handle all the time!

Read more of John Ortberg’s thoughts here:  Don’t Waste a Crisis

I have been thinking a lot about suffering and the way God wants us to look more like Christ.  This series on the beatitudes has been pretty intense.  Volitional sadness, Bruised Reeds, Dismantling Enmity.  Jesus keeps putting his finger on stuff we know is there.  Jesus keeps saying–  don’t run from this.  Face it.  Let me walk with you into it.  Ask me to forgive it.  Ask me to heal it.  Ask me to bring restoration.

I’ve wanted to believe that God won’t give me more than I can handle.

But I see him doing it all the time.

I’m tempted to be mad about it.  But Jesus keeps grabbing me–  ‘it will go well with the one who…’

God isn’t at work producing the circumstances I want.

God is at work in bad circumstances to produce the me he wants.

February 27, 2011

Dismantling Enmity – Matthew 5:43-48 – David Hanke

February 20, 2011

Guile is Over-Rated – Matthew 14:22-36 – David Hanke

February 13, 2011

HOW Many Times?? – Matthew 18:21-35 – David Hanke

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