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Authority to Commission, Presence in the Mission

Jesus was not an inspiring person who called his followers to inspiring, yet ultimately impossible tasks. Instead, Jesus is the creator and king of all that there is, and with full authority over it all he sends his people to the work of drawing all men and women to himself, while he walks by our sides and never forsakes us....

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Grace: The Great Equalizer

You can't earn love by presenting a better version of yourself. It's just a false self, and a false self can't give or receive loveā€¦it can only act like it can. It's crushing to live under the demands of the law, trying to earn favor....

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Sibling Rivalry

Wanting to be the favorite is a struggle in vain, as God has given us an even playing field, always coming from wretchedness, being made into His righteousness through adoption as sons and heirs of His kingdom....

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La Mesa Ministry Update

La Mesa Food Distribution ministry update....

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Grace for Our Kids

I can try to control my child's outward behavior through the law, but I cannot actually change her heart. The visible, socially acceptable behaviors are a lot easier to focus on which, places a burden on parents to get it right. But, the more I ponder God's truth, there is a lot of comfort in knowing my child's salvation is not dependent on how wonderful of a parent I am....

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Using Psalm 121 in Ministry to One Another

Unpacking Psalm 121 as a picture of life's journey and God's protection. ...

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Grace for Parents

Maybe you vacillate between "having it all together" parenting and "I'm drunk" parenting. Maybe you want to fix your kids. Maybe you want to have compassion but don't, want to be interested, but aren't. Maybe you don't really know or aren't really sure, because you have checked out... Parenting does expose. It shows us our idols. ...

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