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by Matt Kottman - 4 years ago

The True Tragedy of a Divided Church

When Jesus is being accused of casting demons out by the power of Satan, Jesus responds with these words, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:24-25). In other words, if Jesus were in league with the Devil, He wouldn’t cast demons out. Jesus here is speaking a truth that He knows well. Jesus knows abo...

by Matt Kottman - 4 years ago

Avoiding the Trap of Conspiracy Theory Christianity

Because God loves us, we can love God and love people! Can you think of anything more profound than this vertical and horizontal love that defines the Christian life? I had just finished preaching on this Great Commandment. God had worked in our midst, refocusing our hearts on the love God lavished upon us, and our love response to God and others. (I am always available to the congregation for prayer, or for worki...

by Matt Kottman - 4 years ago

How God's Grace is Better than Christians think

Grace! This word is rich with meaning and oozing with significance. As Christians we love grace, and we should. It is God’s unmerited favor and kindness towards us. Grace is by definition undeserved. We talk about grace. We sing about grace. After all, it is by this grace that we have forgiveness. Ephesians 2:8-9 are exciting verses: We are saved by grace, not by works! Consider this, my works cannot make me accep...

by Matt Kottman - 5 years ago

Epic Parenting Fails

I will never forget that classic scene in Jurassic Park where Dr. Grant is driving a JEEP at night trying to get away from the Tyrannosaurus Rex which is in hot pursuit. Dr. Grant looks in his rear mirror to see if he is gaining any distance from the Dino, his mirror only shows the chomping jaws of the T-Rex, with the words written on the bottom “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” This is often how li...