Author Archives: Bryan Richardson

About Bryan Richardson

Associate Pastor, Singles, Small Groups, & Pastoral Ministries

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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Sustain

Re:Verse reading–John 15:9-17 (day three) “Love one another.”  Love is the only divine reality that will preserve our lives.  God’s justice, his anger, even his very holiness would destroy us.  But from love comes God’s grace, God’s mercy, the Incarnation, … Continue reading

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Moment

Re: Verse reading–John 13:1-17 (day three)  “He…began to wash his disciples’ feet.”  Jesus did not perform this act of service as an object lesson in order to show his disciples how to serve, though it surely did accomplish that.  He did not … Continue reading

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Rogue

Re: Verse reading–Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53 (day three) “He was numbered with the transgressors.”  First, consider humanity’s rogues gallery—those unsavory individuals who represent all that’s wrong with the human race: History’s most notorious megalomaniacs make the list, plus domestic terrorists, … Continue reading

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Creep

Re:Verse reading–Nehemiah 6:1-16 (day three) “Each time I gave them the same answer.” Nehemiah kept guarding himself against mission creep.  He understood the alternative.  Pretty soon, you’re building a wall—and crafting diplomacy toward unfriendly nations.  And strengthening alliances with friendly … Continue reading

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Seek

Re:Verse reading–2 Kings 4:8-37 (day three)  “Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?”  The Silver Rule says, “Do not do anything to others that you would not want done to you.”  Better … Continue reading

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Rich

Re:Verse reading–2 Samuel 9 (day three) “I will surely show you kindness.”  Some have said the Bible reveals to us a God who shows a preference for the disenfranchised.  This is not to say that God deals in favoritism.  The … Continue reading

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Hosana

Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 3 (day three) “The lamp of God had not yet gone out.”  Throughout scripture, people have despaired of all hope, only to find that God has not lost track of them:  The children of Israel’s cries, God … Continue reading

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Restless

Re:Verse reading–Genesis 11:10-32 (day three) “They set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.”  A death within the family of Terah ushered in a restlessness that fueled a movement westward.  They didn’t go as far as they … Continue reading

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