8
Feb
2019
0

In Depth: The Distinctive Features of Roman-Era Slavery

This exert was taken from Clinton E. Arnold, Ephesians, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010), 419–422. I want to be clear that I did not write this, but posted here for the benefit of First Baptist Church in the City of New York in reference to a sermon preached by me on Sunday, February 10, 2018. In Depth: The Distinctive Features of Roman-Era SlaveryThe institution of slavery was an accepted and deeply established part of Roman society. Before the Roman era, slavery was practiced in Greece and throughout the ancient Near East from the...
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30
Jan
2019
0

Engaging Our City (Part 1)

New Hope exists to glorify God and make disciples by engaging our city with the love of Jesus one relationship at a time. All churches exist to glorify God and make disciples, but we believe that churches are unique, just like individual people.  Therefore, we feel it necessary to define the unique way New Hope is called to fulfill that mission of glorifying God and making disciples.   We have defined our unique mission as engaging our city with the love of Jesus one relationship at a time. In this post, I want to give you part 1 of 2 of what we mean by engaging...
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5
Jun
2018
2

Why did I give you a bookmark?

This past Sunday we started a new series called Blurry: Seeking Visional Clarity.  With the beginning of this series, you received a bookmark listing all the sermons in this series, the main text of Scripture for each sermon, and the date in which that sermon will be preached.  Why did I give you this bookmark? I gave you this bookmark for one primary reason.  I am trying to equip you to engage with text prior to hearing that text preached.  I believe a sermon is a dialogue, not a monologue.  It is a dialogue between the Holy Spirit, His Word...
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16
May
2018
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Pursue: Final Thoughts

This is a short post and a somewhat repetitive post from “Delight in the Lord” on January 15.  In previous posts in this series I have intentionally tried to give you “principles” I have learned in walking with Christ, not rules to be followed.  Why?  Because everyone’s personality and routine is different.  Meaning, what practically works for me might not work for you.  Therefore, understand you are under grace and liberty as you pursue Christ.  He loves you the same whether you spend time with Him today or not.  He greatly desires for you to spend time with Him, but...
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3
May
2018
1

Pursue…to what end?

As we bring this series to a close next week, I want to ask this question — To what end do we pursue Christ in personal prayer and devotion?  What’s the motivation behind our getting up in the morning (principle #1), reading our Bibles, praying and worship (principle #2), and journaling (principle #3)?  Why do we do it? I once would have answered this question like this…I spend time with Jesus because I find joy from it.  Or because my day goes better when I do.  Or because it helps me answer relevant questions about life.  Or because it helps...
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25
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #3

This is the third installment in our series on practical ways to walk with God. Principle #3 — I often forget when God speaks to me or does something truly special in my life.  Just like the Israelites who griped against God just days after He split the Red Sea and set them free from bondage, I too am quick to forget and gripe against God.  Therefore, I need something to remind me of God’s faithfulness specifically in my life. Practical #3 — I have learned to create “pillars” to remind me when God does something special! “So early in...
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17
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #2

This is the second post in a series on how to walk with Christ.  In the first post, we briefly talked about the importance to meet with God early in the morning.  We don’t meet with Him early in the morning because that’s the only time He will meet with us, but because we benefit from that communion the rest of the day.  When we meet with Him first above all, He then can live through us throughout the day.  To see the first post in its entirety, click here. Principle #2 — Spending time with Christ is a conversation....
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10
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #1

New Hope, this is the first of a series of posts designed to give practical advice on how to walk with the Lord.  Why have I decided to write these? Because I believe that passion for the Lord is caught and not taught. I don’t believe I am going to lead a church that is passionate about walking with Christ intimately by just talking about it. I want to lead by example, and one way to do that is by giving you a peak into the routine that I have developed over the years to create a habit of walking...
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