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A New Creation

A New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 OBSERVATION The Church of Corinth had issues. Paul's writing here is to address just one of the many challenges facing...

New Direction

New Direction

When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...

Growing Righteous Relationships

Growing Righteous Relationships

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."  James 1:19-20 OBSERVATION Three major tips by James; Listen fast,...

New Command

New Command

Whenever we head into a new normal, there is usually an old normal we have to contend with first. We transition into a new normal when an old normal no longer works or the new normal is significantly better. This week, we'll discuss a new command Jesus gives his...

One Person At A Time

One Person At A Time

One Person At A Time O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned...

Our Finest Hour

Our Finest Hour

It’s possible to experience “our finest hour” in the most challenging of situations. That’s true, in part, because God uses hardships and difficulties to reveal what’s inside of us. Then, we can change and become better with His help. It’s ambitious to envision our...

Celebrate Recovery – June 4

Celebrate Recovery – June 4

Ready.  Set. Go!!  Some of the writers of the New Testament talk a lot about running the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1) and finishing strong (2 Timothy 4:7).  But in order to run, we must be ready to run.  We must train and discipline our bodies to compete the...

Celebrate Recovery – May 21

Celebrate Recovery – May 21

Admit it – you’re here now because you forgot to watch at 7 on Thursday night! Or maybe, you were worried about being seen watching on Thursday night.  If it’s the former, no worries, that’s why we make these available. If the latter – still no worries, but let me ask...

A Good Old Age

A Good Old Age

Family involves many times and seasons of life. Our roles within our family change, but each role and each season is part of God's plan for family. If we're fortunate, one day we'll find ourselves in the last season - Old Age. While this is a season some of us would...

Nothing Like Family

Nothing Like Family

As the family goes, so goes the culture. The idea of family is deeply rooted in our lives. We were born for family; it’s in our blood. And the idea of family is rooted in the heart of God. It’s more than an illustration. Family is a reality for anyone related to God....

A Healthy Body

A Healthy Body

We are the Church. The Church is the Body Christ. When this Body is healthy, God uses us to change history. That happens with the Body is mobilized by love. The world sees the hope they are searching for when we reach out to them in love. However, if we give in to...

Family Life Weekend

Family Life Weekend

ASL InterpretationHow do we build for the future when the future seems so uncertain? This week, we'll turn to Acts 2 to see how the early church began as a model for how we can continue to build the future of the Church together. As we follow their lead, we not only...

Finishing Well

Finishing Well

How would you end your last words to someone? As Paul ends his second letter to Timothy, he works through a list that feels out of place at first. Honestly, it’s part of the letter that we tend to skip when we read it. But what if God has something significant to...

Imitators

Imitators

Imitators Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. I Corinthians 11:1 o you ever feel like you got this Jesus follower thing under control? Do ever feel like, your relationship with Him is real and authentic and your life is bearing fruit?...

Shalom

Shalom

Peace. We sing songs about it. We march for it. Demonstrate for it. Hold conferences about it and create think tanks to create it. We long for it. But it remains elusive. We live in a world broken by war, poverty, hatred, and illness, making peace seem impossible. Yet...

Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracles

Life is full of extraordinary challenges: wars, injustice, and politics just to name a few. When faced with these extraordinary challenges, we can look for a miracle that is just as extraordinary. But life also has its ordinary challenges: stressful emails or losing...

Thankful Now

Thankful Now

Around this time of year, it may be easier for us to have thankfulness on our minds. But do we regularly give thanks throughout the year? What about when things don’t go our way? It seems like we wait to really give thanks until certain things happen the way we want...

Praying in Community

Praying in Community

Praying in Community All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 1:14 e sat, huddled, with our heads bowed. I could hear the shallow breathing of the...

Christ-like Community

Christ-like Community

Christ-like Community Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 2 John 1:12 very morning this fall, a darling friend of...

The Most We Can Do

The Most We Can Do

The Most We Can Do And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.. Ephesians 6:18 hen a loved one is sick or hurting the first thing...

Coming Alongside

Coming Alongside

Coming Alongside There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24b oday I volunteered at my daughter's high school cross country meet. My job was to stand at the finish line and after finishing the race, guide the runners to enter...