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August 3, 2016

This summer at Rooted we’ve been studying the life of Peter in a series called “Like a Rock?”  This title comes from Matthew 16, a chapter that serves almost as a preview of Peter’s overall performance as a disciple.  In this chapter, the disciples are asked “Who do you say I am?” by Jesus.  Peter responds by saying that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of the Living God.  Jesus blesses Peter and tells him that He will use Peter to build His church; promising Peter great responsibility but also great importance in the future.  It has to be an incredible moment for Peter; he’s following the Messiah that the Jewish people have been waiting hundreds of years for, he’s received a revelation from God, and Jesus has promised him a place of authority and importance in His continuing work.  It is without a doubt a high point in the life of Peter! 
 
However, in the exact same chapter, Peter seems to blow it.  After this declaration from Peter, Jesus begins to expl...

March 16, 2016

Dear Friends, this week, I was feeling nostalgic!  A man whose walk with Christ inspired me in my college years came to stay and share his music in our home this past weekend. It was good to see him again and his wife. The next day, I was reading from Psalm 57 and my eyes fell across this verse: “Be exalted O God above the heavens, Let your glory be over all the earth” (v. 5).   That verse was the text of a favorite worship song that I often sang during those days at UC San Diego.  The melody immediately came back to me I found myself singing the verse quietly as I read David's words.  

What it reminded me of was God's faithfulness...across the years.  One of the benefits of "maturity" is seeing the truth of that play out!  "Your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds" (v. 10) David continues.  So much has happened in my life since the day I first sang that song, both wonderful and painful, but through it all I can say that God...

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