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Why we moved to the ESV

First, it must be stated clearly that the Lord in his sovereignty has used and will continue to use many different English translations to build up his church. This isn’t to say that all translations are the same or that it doesn’t matter which translation we use. It’s simply an acknowledgment that God’s Word is sufficiently communicated in many...

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Genesis and Revelation

The scriptures for many seems random or haphazard. The Truth is that it is very consistent from beginning to end. This is clearly demonstrated by comparing/contrasting the first three chapters in the book of Genesis and the last three chapters in the book of Revelation. The Word of God is "Living and Active" and it's consistency is a work of beauty. Read it. Respond to...

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There is no place like Home!

In Jesus' parable of the Two lost Sons -he eludes to a powerful reality we call "home". Deep within the heart of every person is a longing for home. Home carries with it a sense of peace, comfort and belonging. This longing for home powerfully impacted the younger son in Jesus' parable. We all have a longing in our hearts for something better, a better place, a place where...

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A Season of Community Building

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 Summertime just has a different rhythm to it. It is a more relaxed pace for many including holidays, vacations and time spent with family and friends. The summertime can also be a great time to build "community" through relationships. Don't miss opportunities to have friends an...

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The Smell of Church

In February 2007 the chairman of Starbucks sent this now-famous memo to the CEO, noting that the proliferation of stores around the world had come at a cost--the loss of that wonderful Starbucks aroma. He wrote, "We achieved fresh roasted bagged coffee, but at what cost? The loss of aroma--perhaps the most powerful non-verbal signal we had in our stores; the loss of our pe...

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Thirty-three things that happen at the moment of salvation

1) Forgiven 2) Child of God 3) Having access to God 4) Reconciled ... 16) Redeemed - We have been purchased by the shed blood of Christ out of the slave market of sin and now set free to serve the living God. (Galations 5:1, Romans 3:24) Webster's dictionary defines redemption as "to buy back and receive something in exchange." In both the Old and New Testamen...

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Hear. Speak. Do.

The Bible describes a process of faith formation, one that integrally involves the Word at every step: 1. Hearing the Word initiates faith. 2. Speaking the Word activates faith. 3. Doing the Word demonstrates faith. -Hearing the Word Initiates Faith- Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." ...

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The Creed of a Bold Jesus Follower

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made--I'm a disciple of Christ! I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure! I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, ta...

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Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

"Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, But pretty soon, everything's different." –– Bill Watterson (Author of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon) Normal infects our faith as well, both what we believe and how we live it out. When we consider how people relate to God, it's normal to either reject God altogether or believe in him while living as i...

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Crash.

I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what's going on in churches--a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage. Groups of flamingos are called flamboyants, which for some reason remi...

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