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Step into the Light

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I want you to imagine what life would be like without electricity. Think of how dark things would get, once the sun set. You would have to make sure and be home, before dark, otherwise, it could be difficult to find your way. These days that is such an unfamiliar concept to us. Some say that we live in a “light polluted” world. Literal darkness really isn’t much of a thing in our day and...

We Need to talk About Sin

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My friend, and fellow pastor, Bo, recently told a story about how the early church didn’t have a word to accurately describe the kind of love they saw expressed and live out by Jesus, so they made one up – Agape. Pretty cool, huh? To love so outrageously they have create a new word?  But that got me thinking about a word that church has misused for centuries. It’s a pretty word. One...

Refuel

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My wife hates putting gas in the car. She will go as far as possible seeing how close she can get to empty before going to the gas station. What about you? We do the same thing with our souls. We run and run and run – never stopping to refuel, but inevitably we will hit empty. John Ortberg writes in the book Soul Keeping, “The soul was not made to run on empty. But the soul doesn’t come with a...

Keeper of our Souls

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“There once was a town high in the Alps that straddled the banks of a beautiful stream. The stream was fed by springs that were old as the earth and deep as the sea. The water was clear like crystal. Children laughed and played beside it; swans and geese swam on it. You could see the rocks and the sand and the rainbow trout that swarmed at the bottom of the stream. High in the hills, far beyond...

Hope Is On The Way

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With the birth of Jesus, no one knew the hour, so they went on with their lives. Most people stopped looking, and you know what? I can't really blame them. I think that's what we would do. Waiting 400 years with nothing.

Arm Yourself

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Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 ESV Have you fallen? We all do. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.In the Bible, Peter comes to us after his failure and return and tells us to arm yourselves with a new way of thinking – thinking like Jesus. I...

Rethinking Morality

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Have you noticed that every generation seems to have less moral restrictions than the prior generation? Everyone over 50 thinks it’s about time someone said something. Everyone under 30 thinks religion trying to control behavior. Here’s the problem with both ways of thinking: My generation and older – even though we weren’t allowed to dance, drink, read nickel nasties, go to rated R movies...

It’s Going to Cost You

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The way of Jesus was and is subversive. I want to attempt to break us from any religious system or ideologies which keep us from Jesus and His way of love, especially for the men. Sometimes church can feel like it’s more for our wives than for us. Maybe we’ve allowed ourselves to fade into the background in a lot of areas, including family, church, society. We need to be inspired. We want our...

You Have Heard

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I was recently talking to a senior at a local high school about a paper he was writing on Christianity / Religion. He discovered that religion was a stumbling block for people to faith and thought Jesus was a great philosopher, but not the Son of God. I realized we have made everything else a stumbling block, except Christ. I started talking to him about the death and resurrection of Jesus and he...

Do I Really Have to Sell it All?

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Imagine going to an estate sale where they were selling everything, including the house. As you walk through the house you end up in the attic and see a painting that looks familiar. You realize it is a Monet and discover it is an original monet, worth 35 million dollars. WHAT DO YOU DO? You casually go downstairs, find the estate holder, make an offer on the house and everything in it that you...

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