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by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

A Certain Kingdom & Political Uncertainty

I was sick to my stomach again. It happens every time I read through the book of Judges and get to the last few chapters. Especially chapter 19 where the Levite who ministers before God has a concubine that he treats like a mere object. The story only gets worse and worse, and that feeling of disgust and nausea increases in my stomach.The Bible is gritty, especially the book of Judges.The very poin...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

Do You Understand that You are a Servant?

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”” (Joshua 24:15, ESV).How often have you heard the words of Joshua 24:15 in an evangelistic sermon? “Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for ...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

The Value of Being with God Before Doing His Work

Have you ever noticed that we all have a tendency to fixate on what skills someone has? Think about it. If you are skilled at something, you want everyone you are talking with to know you have that skill. It may be as simple as, “I’m a creative,” or as complex as, “I’m a neuro-surgeon.” Regardless of who we are, we want to be known for what we produce.There is nothing wrong with having skills, in fact, they...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

Embracing Obscurity

Can you name the twelve Apostles? Go ahead, give it a try! No, Mark and Luke don’t count. Certainly, you named Peter, James and John, Matthew, Peter’s brother Andrew, probably Thomas, possibly Nathaniel, Simon the Zealot, the other James, Thaddaeus, and Judas. Now some of the more diligent in Sunday school among you might say, “What about Bartholomew?!” Oh yeah, I forgot about him. It’s easy to do because he is on...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

How Good is Your Shepherd?

Psalm 23 is the most well-known Psalm in Scripture which begins, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I meditate through the Psalms daily, and the other day, I paused on this opening line and asked myself this question:Do I live as if I am in want or need of anything?The truth is, oftentimes, I am in want. This is of no fault of the Shepherd but rather in my estimation of the Shepherd. If G...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

7 Reasons You Don't Want to Skip Church on Sunday

I am a huge football fan (of course, here in England, I have to refer to it as American football). You never know what is going to happen in a game. In football terms, “Anything can happen on any given Sunday.” But I'm not here to write about football. I’m here to write about "any given Sunday". Why is gathering together as a body of believers on Sunday so important? Because we serve a great God, ...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

Real Hope for the Depressed Soul - Part 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can find part 1 and part 2 here: Part 1 Part 2 Practicing Priesthood In the previous posts in this series, we looked...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

Training a Church to Love the Depressed - Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. You can find Part 1 here: calvarychapel.com Providing Training In our last post in this series, we looked at promoting culture. This is almost like saying, “Imagine what could be,” and then making steps in the direction of what could be. However, ...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

The Church & Victims of Depression

The phone rang at 2am again. I knew who it was before answering. In recent weeks, Anita (not her real name) often called in the middle of the night. She claimed to feel the fires of hell all over her body with no desire to live. My wife or I would drive to her home and sit down and pray with her. We would speak to Anita and rally the church to pray for her. After a couple suicide attempts through ove...

by Matt Kottman - 3 years ago

CF15UK :: Matt Kottman

Matt Kottman, senior pastor at Disciple's Church in Surrey, UK, speaks at Creation Fest 2015. Creation Fest is a Christian Music Festival and Bible Week held at The Royal Cornwall Events Centre (Royal Cornwall Showground), in Wadebridge, UK. Your browser does not support the video tag.