Author Archives: Bryan Richardson

About Bryan Richardson

Associate Pastor, Singles, Small Groups, & Pastoral Ministries

Contrast

Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day three) “By what power or what name did you do this?”  There’s a difference between wonder and suspicion.  Wonder asks, “How can these things be?”  Suspicion inquires, “Are you trying to gain the upper hand?”  Wonder … Continue reading

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Frame

Re: Verse reading–Acts 3:1-20  (day three) “He asked them for money.”  Money was the only remedy in society’s framing of the situation.  But Peter and John broke that frame.  A handout was no longer the best thing a person might … Continue reading

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Find

Re: Verse reading–Acts 2:1-41 (day three) “They have had too much wine.” It is a feature of this universe that what one looks for, he will find.  One might say, “Well I looked for financial wealth and didn’t find it.”  … Continue reading

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Rethink

Re:Verse reading–Acts 1:1-14 (day three)  “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  Yes, powers will rise and fall, cultures will conquer and get conquered, and nations will go from ruler to ruled.  But Jesus invites … Continue reading

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Honesty

Re:Verse reading–Philippians 2:1-11 (day three) “In humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Well, that’s not going to happen.  Honestly.  It should happen.  But for many of us—probably for most of us—that is just not something we will do.  Think about … Continue reading

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Living

Re:Verse reading–James 2:14-26 (day three) “Can such faith save them?”  We throw words around all the time like we know what we’re doing.  One such word is “believe”.  What do we mean when we use that word?  Consider two people … Continue reading

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Complete

Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (day three) “Now finish the work.”  The world suffers not nearly so much from the evil deeds that abound as from the good work that men leave unfinished.  Jesus warned us in a story he told … Continue reading

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Scalable

Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (day three)  “From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.”  Did Jesus “network”?  Did the fledgling church scrape by without the ubiquitous pseudo-invitation “Let’s do lunch?”  Such pursuits can easily become a … Continue reading

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Gifts

Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31 (day three) “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Paul’s purpose here is not to identify the Prophet! Teacher! Leader!  Rather, his point is that the church … Continue reading

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Misunderstood

Re:Verse Passage – Matthew 25:31-46 (day three) “Lord, when did we see you hungry?”  Are you sure you want to know?  It’s not uncommon for us to attempt to exonerate ourselves from the charges by claiming we’re misunderstood.  From “out … Continue reading

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