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Jul 06, 2014

Why We Fail: Jacob

The failure of Jacob was to dismiss his place as a second-born. He did not seem to believe that one could be second-born and still be fully in God’s will and providential placement.

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Jul 06, 2014

Then and Now

We should be known as a people who do what is right, even when it is difficult. More than just telling people about God’s righteousness, we are willing to reflect some of it.

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Jul 06, 2014

Standing Near the Cross

The story of Mary near the cross of Jesus reminds us that the crosses of a mother’s child are the crosses of the mother.

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Jul 06, 2014

After Easter: Empowering

In this community of the Trinity of God, Spirit speaks to Father on your behalf with His knowing and it is received as a Father receives all news of a child.

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Jul 06, 2014

A Commission

We must share the peculiar work of the gospel in our own lives.What you and I know of Jesus in unique ways is important.

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May 04, 2014

Resurrection: A Doubter’s Paradise

If God wants us to believe in a resurrection account, be fruitful, and live in Christ, then he has to take doubters seriously.

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Apr 19, 2014

Saying No to the World

The call on Jesus’ life was to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God that included death on a cross. The call on our lives is to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God.

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Apr 19, 2014

Table Temptations

The temptation in sin is to feel that you’ve crossed a line and cannot come back. But Jesus calls for us to return.

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Apr 19, 2014

When God Breaks Rules

We may think of God as the great rule maker and punisher of the rule breakers. But there is this other side of God we see through Jesus in the gospels.

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Mar 22, 2014

A Benefactor

There is everything wrong with wanting someone to seize and solve all your struggles, but there is nothing wrong with seeking God for the people who can help with the struggles.

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Mar 22, 2014

Persecuted for Righteousness

There is a measure of righteousness, or true faithfulness to God, that is an affront to the world, to our community, to our church, and even to our families.

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Feb 28, 2014

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

The peace of Christ in our own hearts is the only way we can share the peace of Christ with our home, our church, and our nation.

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Feb 19, 2014

Happiness According to Jesus: From the Heart

We need to clean from our hearts this notion that our real hope is to be discovered being faithful rather than just being faithful.

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Feb 19, 2014

Happiness According to Jesus: Mercy

What we give in mercy in this world is tied to the mercy God will give us in the world to come.

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Jan 25, 2014

Blessed Are They That Mourn

Beatitudes require us to put words together that do not seem to fit in the same sentence, and it is hard to put mourning and sorrow in the same box with blessed or happy.

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Jan 25, 2014

Last Meal, First Meal

God has set a table before us. It is up to use whether we eat or do not eat. Are you hungry enough to eat? Thirsty enough to drink?

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Jan 25, 2014

Happiness According to Jesus

We revisit stories of Jesus’ arrest, beatings, rejection, abandonment, and crucifixion because Jesus has shown us that we have a greater need than for the powers of this world to be on our side.

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Jan 02, 2014

Christmas Child: Common Stories

The Christmas stories remind us that God’s glory is glorious enough. We need not become glorious in the world’s eyes for God’s glory to be glorious enough.

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Dec 21, 2013

Christmas: A Story with a Crisis

God did not choose the way of obvious power. Jesus was vulnerable when delivered bare as an infant and he was vulnerable when laid bare by his executioners.

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Dec 13, 2013

Birth of Jesus: Small Town

We know, on the one hand, the graceful power of familiarity when following God in a hometown.We also know, however, the pitfalls of familiarity when following God in a hometown.

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Dec 13, 2013

Jesus and His Birth: A Story

God’s story of redemption through Jesus brought real and full change on those participating in it.When God enters your story, He is bringing you into His story.

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Nov 24, 2013

What Does This Mean?

When our own children or neighbors watch an act of faith and ask “What does this mean?”, Jesus Christ crucified is the answer. Our gratitude is the answer.

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Nov 24, 2013

Seek First His Kingdom

We seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and rest in our anxiety about second things, knowing God will provide them.

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Nov 24, 2013

Christ-less Christmas? - December 2013 News

There is no such thing as a Christ-less Christmas if we are celebrating the Incarnation, the coming of God in Christ to the world.

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Nov 08, 2013

Lonely Walk of Faith

If we only walk as far as people will go along, then we’ll never walk as far as God asks. We have to go a little farther.

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Oct 28, 2013

Too Good for Anybody’s Good

Is it possible that doing good is not always good? Yes, it’s very possible. And we who take doing good seriously should pay close attention to the parable.

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Sep 28, 2013

When Does God Come In

Our question: When does God come in? Is He welcome at the crash? Ironically, we only find God’s great work in Christ when we have truly crashed. Here we find forgiveness.

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Sep 16, 2013

Shepherd and King

What can God do with your life in the daylight if He has no influence in your life in the darkness?Walk with Him when you are at the end of your strength.Watch your strength begin to rise.

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Sep 16, 2013

Expectations of God

Unmet expectations are a drag, whether we’re talking about a movie or a marriage, but when you tie expectations to something holy, like God and church, you are not prepared for disappointment.

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Sep 07, 2013

Prayer for my son who needs salvation

I have a 22 yr old son who got into an accident while in the service and they almost amputated his leg. They saved it by putting in a rod from his hip

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Aug 27, 2013

Jobs/ family

Please pray for my husband's job as we face some very hard times. Please pray for me to find work too. I am struggling n needs God's help urgently. Please

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Aug 23, 2013

Sanctification - Why Bother?

Why bother with the messy details of moral change? Why bother with the humiliating details of reconciliation with enemies? Why not just be who I am, beauty or beast?

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Aug 17, 2013

Two Sides of Salvation

God’s grace is there and must be explored. But it also a call that requires an answer. Are you ready to answer the call of grace?

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Aug 09, 2013

Great Steps of Faith: “Sinner”

Ultimately what we find in Sinners and the sins—be it you, me, or someone else—is God’s reason for coming near. God’s love for Sinners (and sinners) is our first step of faith.

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Aug 04, 2013

Judgement Day and the Book of Life

The Book of Life is not a vote for the most faithful among us. It is God’s list, and real people who populate it. It is true, authoritative, and final.There are only two outcomes in this judgment.

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Jul 21, 2013

Already or Not Yet.

Some people speak of faith in Christ as an event that has already happened, Others speak of faith as an event still unfolding. Both are right, but there are risks for both.

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Jul 21, 2013

Making Disciples

Everyday people are inspired to take risks for reward, but nothing like the inspiration in what Christians call the Great Commission.

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Jul 09, 2013

Exchanges for Christ

Familiar ideas and valued identities are regularly exchanged in the process of growing more like Christ. And it is not always an easy exchange.

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Jul 05, 2013

Josiah - The One Man Revival

If ever you have discounted your own faith as “just me” or discounted yourself as one who does not have the right genealogy for the great things of God, you have to read this story.

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Jun 30, 2013

Now What? - July 2013 News

Change comes, and the inevitable question follows: Now what? Get in, and stay in, the triangle.

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Jun 28, 2013

Simple Answers

Out of pride we are tempted to look for those we deem important, stable, with connections in our way forward. But God very often moves us closer to Him through simple people and simple answers.

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Jun 23, 2013

VBS 2013 Colossal Coaster World

Highlights of VBS 2013 - Colossal Coaster World

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Jun 20, 2013

Father and father

For all that a great dad can do, he cannot know you and interact with you on the level of your heart and your faith. But your Father in heaven can.

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Jun 10, 2013

Ahab and Jezebel - Two Eulogies

In the Final Eulogy, We will face the same two questions Ahab will face. What did we do with our privileges and whose favor did we seek?

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Jun 10, 2013

Characters and Character: Elijah

It is hard to fully appreciate the role of Elijah in both the Scriptures and in the history of Jews and Christians. From him we can learn that the work of God is larger than your life.

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May 11, 2013

When Dreams Walk

My family is in one of those seasons when we feel like pinching ourselves to make sure we’re not dreaming.I thank you for such grace.This rich family season has happened among you and because of you.

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Apr 29, 2013

Marching Orders for The Road of Faith

First consider your company as you march, set your eyes on Jesus and follow like those running a race, and remember the privilege of discipline.

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Apr 24, 2013

Anchores Aweigh?

Is a believer in Christ secure or are you only as good with God as you are good?

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Apr 15, 2013

A Unique Faithfulness Hebrews 1:1-4; 3:1-6

The unique faithfulness in Jesus toward you and me is the reason God expects in return a unique faithfulness toward Jesus.

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