Improv: New Life and Dementors

a short thought from our series this weekend.

Calvary lg Parents

HeistWhat does it mean to live? To have life? To really live? This past Sunday we kicked off a new series called, “Heist” with Jess Betcher.  This whole series revolves around what Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jess talked about this idea that there are things in our lives, which at the moment, may make us feel like we are alive, loved, popular, accepted, happy, but in actuality are robbing us of the life that Jesus has promised to us. At the beginning it can be so innocent, but soon the pursuit of what we think will make us happy becomes an obsession: the chase of a girl, a guy, how we look, grudges, being popular, our bodies, our athletic abilities and aspirations. None of these things are in…

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Calvary lg Parents

Around this time in October, Kate makes my favorite food in the entire world, pumpkin bread. Kate used to make this when we were in college, and whenever she made pumpkin bread, the smell of sweet vanilla and pumpkin would waft down the hallways, and slowly but surely, guys on my floor would open up their doors saying, “what is that?!?!”

This past Sunday we asked the question, “what does the Gospel smell like to you?” Is it something that is stuffy and bitter? Maybe it has no smell at all. To me, I think the Gospel smells like pumpkin bread: it’s sweet, attractive and causes us to open the doors of our hearts and ask, “what is that?!?!” How we view the Gospel in our own lives is what we choose to live out. I think this is the point that Jesus is trying to make to Simon the…

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