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The Relationship Of Inside And Outside: The Paradox Of Biblical Truth – Brian Hartley

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
I must have been about 8 or 9 years of age when I graduated to wearing a “big boy” tie. I can still remember my father standing behind me and walking me through the various steps required for tying off a proper knot. [...]



Disillusioned? Or Dis-Illusioned? – Judy Cox

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69
Disillusionment has hit him, badly; he’s seen his mentor’s feet of clay, finally and devastatingly. His expectations of God and God’s people haven’t matched his experience. And so he walks away from his shallow faith, which was rooted in his mentor; his own roots had not yet gone deep into Jesus [...]



Jesus Christ: A New Way Of Life – Mikey Ward

1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51
After its hope-depleting two-minute introduction of alarm clocks wailing, Pink Floyd’s iconic record titled “Time” proclaims: “…desperation is the English way.” If desperation—the total absence of hope—is the English way of life, then desperation in the face of persecution is the Israelite way of life [...]