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Matthew 22b

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June 3, 2018 • Daniel Gilman • Romans 12, Living Sacrifice, Taxes, Pharisees

- When the Pharisees were face to face with Jesus, like us, they are more concerned with questions of doctrine than what Jesus was looking for - their lives. Jesus showed the Pharisees that they owed to Caesar's what was made in his image (the coin) that they owed to God the thing that was made in His own image - Jesus wanted their hearts! We shouldn’t come before the Lord and be marvelled and walk away unchanged, but be transformed into his image by presenting ourselves as living sacrifices to him. Keywords: Romans 12, Living Sacrifice, Taxes, Pharisees

1 Peter 2:19-25

Unjust Suffering • September 16, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- We took a diversion from Matthew this weekend and took a look at Peter’s reflection from the Garden of Gethsemane in 1 Peter 2:19-25. Peter talks about unjust suffering, and how we are all as Christians called to unjust suffering, because Jesus suffered for us and gave us an example to follow. It’s an intense study, but an important study. In it we referenced Jin Migra, “Pastor Ezra” and the news articles (https://nationalpost.com/news/world/group-officials-destroying-crosses-burning-bibles-in-china) that he was in last week. Keywords: Abuse, Suffering, Persecution, Injustices

Matthew 26:52-54

Swords & Legions • September 9, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- These three statements by Jesus here at his arrest have been used throughout the centuries as the reason why Christians would embrace the ideas of nonviolence and pacifism. This goes all the way back to the church fathers and continues today in the Eastern Orthodox side of the church and the Anabaptist strain of our Western churches. In this study, we looked at those three statements, an explanation of nonviolent ideas, and then more Scripture from both the Old and New Testament to hopefully arrive at a more informed understanding. Keywords: Pacifism, Non-violence, Unjust Suffering, Sword

Matthew 26:31-56

Not My Will • September 2, 2018 • Andy Falleur

- In our passage, it’s evident that God knows everything, including things in the future. He knows our future decisions. What does He do with that knowledge? Does He use it against us? What can we see about the free choices of mankind, and God’s relationship to that knowledge and His sovereignty from this passage? Keywords: Sovereignty, Free-Will, Human Responsibility, Prophecy