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May
15
Thayer Thursday – Not looking to your own interests…

Thayer Thursday – Not looking to your own interests…

“A natural and understandable hesitancy accompanies any serious discussion of service….We experience a fear that… ‘If I do that, people will take advantage of me; they will walk all over me.’”

May
8
Thayer Thursday – 3 seconds

Thayer Thursday – 3 seconds

“3 seconds.

That is the approximate amount of time before modern TV shows and movies change camera angles or switch to different a scene.”

May
1
Thayer Thursday – Toothpaste spitting

Thayer Thursday – Toothpaste spitting

Chris Thayer is the Director of Discipleship at Good Shepherd Church in Charlotte, NC where he oversees adult life groups and Biblical education. On Thursdays I share his weekly “Thayer’s Thoughts” for small group leaders, which are based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Click HERE to watch or listen to the accompanying sermon.   At […]

Feb
21
Thayer Thursday (on Friday) – Gravity and God Bread

Thayer Thursday (on Friday) – Gravity and God Bread

“Jesus uses this 1500 year old event to point to a reality that was hard His followers to accept. In order to receive eternal life, they had to believe in Him; and his method of redemption was going to be far from what they anticipated. Jesus was going to rise to the throne of King through His death – the antithesis of their expectations.”

Feb
5
Thayer Thursday – Who do we reject?

Thayer Thursday – Who do we reject?

“In the same respect – many Christians today show contempt for the riches of God’s grace and mercy by failing to practice that very grace and mercy Jesus Himself modeled for us. It is far too easy to dismiss and ridicule those who live lifestyles inconsistent with what God wants humanity to be rather than being living examples of His healing and forgiveness.”

Jan
23
Thayer Thursday – Apologetic extremes to avoid

Thayer Thursday – Apologetic extremes to avoid

“However, once I got to college I decided to ask those questions. “If God isn’t big enough to stand up to my questions,” I told myself, “He isn’t worth me giving my life to.”

Jan
16
Thayer Thursday – Luke’s context of parables

Thayer Thursday – Luke’s context of parables

“Luke’s telling of these stories of Jesus in this order is not random or a coincidence. In telling them this way he is bringing to a head the conflict Jesus is having with the Pharisees and proclaiming that their rejection of Him and His work amongst the “tax collectors and sinners” is nothing less than the rejection of God’s plan of redemption from exile.”

Jan
9
Thayer Thursday – Pharisee irony

Thayer Thursday – Pharisee irony

“God’s deliverance is being enacted in front of them – yet they are so focused on trying to bring about that deliverance through their actions that they miss it.”

Jan
2
Thayer Thursday – The cosmic significance of “Immanuel”

Thayer Thursday – The cosmic significance of “Immanuel”

“It is impossible to overstate the significance of the surprising reality about who Jesus is and what He accomplished. YHWH, the God of this Universe, shows once again that he is intimately involved with His creation by placing Himself within the very creation He spoke into being.”

Dec
19
Thayer Thursday – Biblical ‘fulfillment’ and the virgin birth

Thayer Thursday – Biblical ‘fulfillment’ and the virgin birth

“Matthew sees in Jesus the filling fully of Israel’s past. By rooting Jesus in these Old Testament happenings, Matthew shows how Jesus fills fully, or brings to a full completion the story of Israel. He shows his readers that the stories of the Old Testament were echoes or shadows of what was to come.”

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