Resources from 2018

January

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March

Mar 4

Incompetence and Promises

by James Kurtz, Short-Term Taiwan Team Member

These are the moments my soul sings the hope that “we are not competent in ourselves, but our competence is from God, who has made us competent and worthy as ministers of the covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:5–6). 

How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. —Psalm 82:2-4

Here in this Psalm we hear God delivering judgment on the 'gods' for their failure to use their power and positions…

Mar 17

A Vision of Sacrifice

By Paul Duggan, Outreach’s ESO Committee

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship —Romans 12:1.

Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO), 2018

This Easter, Tenth Church will be taking up what we call the ESO, as we have for at least the last thirty-four years. What makes this…

It’s a different story of Esther. This Esther was a formerly-trafficked woman who had been living with a young man who was an armed robber. They had one child. Two years ago the man went on a robbery expedition, where he was gunned down.

Esther, who was engaged in prostitution for five years, thought God was punishing her for her evil deeds with  the death of her boyfriend…

For years they waited for the building permits to rebuild the church while it continued to crumble around them. At long last, the local government issued the work permits last year, but with the condition that construction be completed on a tight deadline. This is the reality for this congregation in Egypt.

The outreach to their neighborhood is strategic for the gospel’s growth in the region. Over Christmas…

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was…

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas,and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. —Mark 15:15

If grace is "unmerited favor," then perhaps there is no clearer illustration in Scripture than the exchange of Jesus for Barabbas. The gospels variously identify Barabbas as a robber, an insurrectionist, and a murderer, a combination of crimes which we often associate today with…

Mar 30

The Crucifixion

from the Good Friday Noon Worship Service

Scripture: John 19:17

Mohammed has an easy smile while his brother Nezmi is more serious. These two brothers come from war torn country in the Middle East, and have four other siblings. Their father brought their family on a journey to a refugee community in a nearby country about three years ago. Mohammed describes how they came to the border and saw soldiers patrolling. They hid for a while and once the soldiers…

April

Parish 31? What happened to Parishes 1 through 6? And what precipitated these changes?

These references to parish redistricting may have you confused... here’s the back story.

Parishes at Tenth were designed to provide spiritual care for members and help us bear one another’s burdens, both physical and spiritual. Each parish is led by a Parish Elder, who oversees the spiritual well-being of the church members…

Beshoy is 20 years old, from a poor family of seven in a rural community of Egypt. He finished technical school but he had no skills to help him secure a good job. He was working as a casual builder’s assistant, doing manual labor at work sites. Beshoy’s health was being affected negatively because the work circumstances were very challenging. He had to leave this job and joined a vocational…