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Stake Your Claim

In 1889 tens of thousands of anxious settlers waited at the edge of opportunity.  Then, when canons roared, the rush was on for Oklahoma land.  Boomers spurred their horses, Sooners crept out of hiding, and all joined the mad dash to stake a claim and alter their destiny. In the Old Testament, it was Joshua [...]

Focus Factor

Jesus said he would return.  The angels said Jesus would return.  The disciples expected him to return.  And the apostles wrote that he would return.  Jesus is coming back, and faithful Christians down through the ages have longed for his appearing. But they have not all waited the same way. Some get organized.  With highlighters [...]

Enough Already

I’m a genie and you’ve just popped the top on my home away from home. Thanks, now it’s payback time. Here’s the deal–times aren’t what they once were.  You don’t get three wishes.  Instead you get a choice.  You can have everything you want right now.  OR, you can have contentment.  Your answer please, I’ve [...]

First Word & Final Answer

If you compare the four gospels–cut, paste and harmonize every account–you might have the most complete picture of Jesus’ life.  But is it the best picture? Maybe it’s the difference between the multi-angle camera shots from today’s televised athletic events, and a helmet cam worn by your favorite player. Of the four, John’s Gospel is [...]

Election ’16

I generally put in a paragraph here to describe the content of a sermon series. Imagine a paragraph describing Election 2016! I’ve looked long and hard and I’m sorry to say that God’s Word won’t tell you explicitly how to vote in November. But it does have something to say. Check it out! Who Can [...]

The Great Gospel Roadtrip

Picture Luke at a table messy with handwritten memos, memorabilia, and photos.  Luke is making a scrapbook for Theophilus.  He’s got to be choosy or this book will be too big to carry!  So he chooses this incident and that story.  He recalls this moment, and borrows someone else’s notes for one he missed.  Luke [...]

HeirBorn Heritage

At the bottom of this page is the link for the HeirBorn Heritage curriculum.  HeirBorn Heritage is the study of the overarching storyline of the Bible–what Willem VanGemeren called The Progress of Redemption. This idea has been described well in a piece that came out of Willow Creek Church some time ago.  A few paragraphs are [...]

HeirBorn Quest

What is a Christian?  The question–and the answer–is difficult to nail down, because it can be looked at from a number of different vantage points.  Fortunately, the New Testament gives us a number of word pictures that are very helpful for organizing the information, and more importantly, for learning the lessons. The HeirBorn Quest is [...]

HeirBorn Character

Here we begin a new course in the HeirBorn curriculum. The HeirBorn crest depicts four major themes each representing a different course: Quest, Creed, Heritage and Character. It is to HeirBorn Character that we now turn. Character is pictured on our crest by a gemstone. Prov. 28:6 says: “Better a poor man whose walk is [...]

What a Beautiful “Dei”

We often hear a message that sounds like:  ”live free.” “be true to yourself,” and  ”cast off expectations.”   Sounds noble enough.  But when it all gets cooked down, it can turn out to be a doctrine of being responsible to no one but yourself; of answering to no one higher than yourself.  Is that [...]

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