Month: July 2016

10 Reasons Jesus Came to Die

Already Not Yet

cross of christ built into a brick wall

John Piper:

1. To destroy hostility between races.

The suspicion, prejudice, and demeaning attitudes between Jews and non-Jews in Bible times were as serious as the racial, ethnic, and national hostilities today. Yet Jesus “has broken down . . . the dividing wall of hostility . . . making peace . . . through the cross” (Ephesians 2:14–16). God sent his Son into the world as the only means of saving sinners and reconciling races.

2. To give marriage its deepest meaning.

God’s design was never for marriages to be miserable, yet many are. That’s what sin does . . . it makes us treat each other badly. Jesus died to change that. He knew that his suffering would make the deepest meaning of marriage plain. That’s why the Bible says, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).


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“A Prayer For Divine Guidance”

A Daily Prayer

Father, You are our Guide through life, giving us grace for every trial as we feed on Your living Bread.  Though our footsteps grow weary and our soul grows thirsty, it is from the Rock before us that Your water flows in abundance.  We find joy and contentment in this life as we eat daily from Your Living Bread and drink from Your springs of living water. Amen.

(Prayer adapted from “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”)

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“A Prayer Of Thanks For Our Daily Bread”

A Daily Prayer

Praying manFather, in the same way that we grow hungry before mealtime, stir up a hunger within us for the spiritual food You provide through the living Word of God. Jesus, the Bread of Life provides physically and spiritually for our daily needs. Following a hearty meal we often linger around the dinner table considering the tastiness of our meal. When we “taste and see that the Lord is good” we want to linger in Your presence and consider Your goodness, offering praise to You for all that You are and all that You provide for us. Bread of Heaven feed, us until we are truly satisfied and filled with all the good things that come from You.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

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Four Ways to Be In Mission Everyday

Missional Field Notes

After Ifter at Barista. from Flickr via Wylio 2012 Md saad andalib, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

Jeff Vanderstelt is chock full of missional ideas. I like what he’s done here to describe four ways you can be in mission everyday. It doesn’t matter what day it is or where you are. You can be in mission if you follow these guidelines:

1. Make every meal a worship service…If every meal became a worship service, you would be attending about 21 worship services a week!…Invite people to join you at your table and serve them a meal as a picture of Jesus’ service to us.

2. See your job and vocation as places for ministry to happen….

3. Rest and play in light of the Gospel…. Relax on your front porch and pray for opportunities to connect with your neighbors. Prayerfully throw a party, host a game night, or a backyard BBQ and invite those God…

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Concept of the day: SATURATION

Missional Field Notes

Dish Sponge from Flickr via Wylio 2008 the Original Muddog, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

I’ve quoted from Jeff Vanderstelt many times on this site. He’s the leader of the Soma Family of Churches and has some great missional thought. One of the concepts I didn’t know about until now is that of “Saturation.” He even has a site called, But what saturation is is a different way of looking at incarnation and its spread through the church. Here’s what Jeff says:

Habakkuk 2:14 speaks of a day when “The knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” That is a saturation point–a time in which everywhere you go, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will saturate everyone and everything. You will not be able to avoid to truths of God.

The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:27 that Christ in…

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