Entries by David Gantenbein

Jesus Our King

Jesus is not the king we (or Israel) asked for or wanted, but He is the king we desperately need. He is a paradoxical king. He didn’t come to overthrow the Roman empire or to establish a political party. He comes not to save us from the political powers that rule over us but the […]

Repent and Believe or Perish

Each decision we make involves a certain belief about the future. So what if we knew the future precisely? If you knew there was going to be an attack or horrible accident at work the next day, would you go? No, and you’d warn your coworkers as well. Similarly, if you knew there was a […]

Love Your Enemies

Jesus’ kingdom ethics or family’s characteristics include even aggressive love for one’s enemies. It’s in this – love for one’s enemies – that our relationship with Jesus is clearly seen. Our response to this command revealed whom we belonged to. It didn’t get us into his family/kingdom, it made it known. Scripture: Luke 6:27-36 https://media.blubrry.com/foothillschurch/p/s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/foothillswebsite/fbcsermon_20170716.mp3Podcast: […]

Invisible to Visible

There are two types of people – those who ask “What do I get?” and those who ask “What do I get to do?” Jesus makes the invisible in our heart visible to us, including our love for His provisions over His mission. Following Jesus leads us to the upper room where His mission supersedes preferences and […]

The True and Better Israel

Where Israel failed when tested in the wilderness, Jesus succeeded. His is the true and better Israel. He has been tempted like us in every way, yet without sin. And so he’s our example as we face temptation each day. He does things God’s way, not his own. He reveals the empty promises of idols. […]

Unity Through Humility

Humility, as demonstrated by Jesus, is the choice to forgo status and withhold power for the good of others. The path to unity for any church or relationship is through humility. If Jesus can _________, then I can _______. If Jesus can forgive the men who humiliated him in front of his mom and friends, […]

The Practical Atheism

A fool is someone who lives their life without the direction or acknowledgment of God. In their heart they say “there is no God” even if they simultaneously confess the contrary with their mouth. Psalm 14 calls us to move from practical atheism and empty forms of religion and lip service to joy in Christ. […]

Disciple Now Event Recap

On Sunday, February 22, students from Foothills Baptist returned from Disciple Now, as one leader put it, “fired up.” Don’t just take it at surface value, here is what one of those students had to say: “This past weekend was amazing and I’m still so happy from what we did Saturday at Neighborhood Ministries! Now […]