Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

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NEW RHYTHMS, NEW YOU It’s a new year and hopefully if you are reading this, then you’re the type of person who wants to be growing and changing and looking more like Jesus each and every day. And while there is no magic in the turning of the calendar page, it does offer a great time for us to slow down and evaluate where we have been and where we want to go. If you haven’t done that already, then…

New Normal

Life can be overwhelming, and finding your footing in this new normal is a challenge. But remember, you are not alone in your struggles.  Join us as we talk about real issues we’re all dealing with as we adjust to the new world we live in: Coping & Addiction (View Message) Marriage & Family (View Message) Mental  Health (View Message) Healthy Spiritual Rhythms (View Message) Through all 4 messages of this powerful series we interview experts in each of these areas to…

Good Friday Experience (Covid Edition)

Today we Remember Thank you for taking the time to walk through this Good Friday Experience.  Before you begin, you may want to prepare elements to represent the body and the blood of Jesus as you take communion.  Additionally, if you are doing this with your family, we encourage you to involve everyone in the readings. Today we remember the agony, the betrayal, the insults, the injustice, and the torturous death of God’s own son, Jesus Christ.  But it wasn’t…

21 Days of Prayer 2020

Join us in our 21 Day journey of daily devotionals and prayer as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. Download a .EPUB file for Mac and iPhone Download a .PDF file for PC and Android
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Check Your Heart*

In the message this past Sunday, we looked at Jesus and his words to the church at Ephesus as recorded in Revelation 2:1-8. It was a challenge to this church who was working hard and holding fast to the truth but had forgotten their first love. Jesus’ answer to this problem was to remember, repent, and return to the things they did at first.  In prepping this message, I thought about two important principles that are taught again and again…
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Are you the Neighbor?

This past Sunday we looked at our text from the perspective of the widow in need. But what if God wants you to be part of the solution?
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Is the Bible Boring?

As a pastor, I shouldn’t be admitting this, but yes, the Bible is boring in some parts. On January 1, I began a reading plan to read through the Bible in a year. That means over the past 3 months I have read countless boring parts: genealogies, numerous censuses (or is it censii?), hundreds of verses of odd rules and regulations, and various boundary markers and travel routes. It’s at this point in trying to read the Bible that many…

Unity in a Nation of Disunity

As I was reading though my journal this morning, reflecting on yesterday’s message calling us to unity, I ran across my entry from November 9, 2016, the day after the election. While the election may be over, the divisiveness and division is not. I share this now because it seems as appropriate today as it did 9 months ago when I originally wrote it. The Day After an Election November 9, 2016 Congratulations, America. You’ve survived another election. But are…

Remix: Unexpected Power

Introduction I have a family of four sons. As a foster family, our conversations around the dinner table can be a bit different than the typical family.  A lot of learning takes place around our dinner table, and sometimes we find ourselves in some really funny moments. For instance, this week, one of my sons asked me about water baptism.  So I was explaining that water baptism is an outward sign to others of the inward change that happens when a person…
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More Thoughts on Doubt

A few weeks ago, we looked at how doubt can sneak up on us as Christians. Often, because we are unprepared, it can throw us for a loop, making us feel like something is wrong with us or that we aren’t good Christians. But as we discussed, often doubt isn’t what derails our faith but is actually what strengthens it. Recently, I ran across a podcast that death with this issue. As I listened, I was encouraged by the speaker…