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To Find the One

to find the one

There are a ton of children in our church’s neighborhood who do not know what it is like to have their basic needs provided for, who do not know what it is like to have a functional and happy home, and are completely uncertain of their future, but I am certain that Jesus loves them and wants us to receive these children in His name, so that we can show them the ultimate ...

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The Church Triumphant

The church triumphant

My trials and suffering feel like the squashing of color and blurring of lines to the point that my portrait isn’t the perfect and skilled mimesis of what the world expects. Yet, there is so much more depth, so much more character. ...

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How Many Nations Under God?

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Living under the new covenant of Jesus’ blood, we also get to see the beautiful picture of Jesus drawing people from every nation, tribe, and tongue to Himself....

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Hasten

Hasten

We look forward and say there is a better day coming because of Jesus. And not only do we look forward, but we hasten it by living today as a renewed people in the midst of that broken world. ...

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Context Matters

ContextMatters

Sometimes, hard things happen, and they’re just hard, and no ah-ha moment comes later when you realize how every painful piece of the puzzle was indeed working together for your good. ...

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Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Let Not your hearts be troubled

As we deal with so much uncertainty in this life, what do we do with that? More often than not, we try to create safety, security, comfort, “home” in the temporary things of this world....

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Made Alive in Christ

Made aliveinChrist

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul" -Mark Twain ...

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Hospitality: A Story of Love

A story of love

This Sunday, as we unpacked hospitality, and love was intertwined in every part. Fear creates exclusive community, but love gives way to inclusive hospitality....

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Uncomfortable Love

UNCOMFORTABLE

If I truly understand that God loves me, not just in some generic sense but intensely and personally, it changes everything. Love like that isn’t something that can be met with indifference, any more than I could respond to a marriage proposal with a shrug....

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Utopia

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The good news is God is a homemaking God....

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To Know and Still Love

To know & Still Love

The love that can really change things here in our city, that redeeming love, is always sacrificial. My gut reaction to this is to wonder if I can schedule that into my life: like maybe I have a window on Monday mornings I could give sacrificial love to my city. After all, I’m a busy person. But what would it mean for me to just start to go about my day caring more, noti...

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Praying for Serenity

Serenity

It is so tempting to pray for circumstances to change, to get mad at God when they don’t, and to hold a grudge of resentment rather than “accept with serenity” the things that cannot be changed. ...

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Covenant Family

God calls us to a beautiful, eternal family that knows no geographic, political, gender, generational, or racial barriers. ...

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Rest Assured

Our God taking destruction and disaster, creating restoration and reconciliation time and time again in both what we read in the Bible and within our own lives....

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Obadiah: Already & Not Yet

We have already been called by this Savior. We have been granted new life in Christ. Yet, here we sit, in a broken world. ...

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Obadiah: a Lesson in Brotherly Love

As we are recipients of God’s love, we all have the vocation of being conduits of God’s love toward others. ...

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My People

The book of Hosea mirrors God's relationship with Israel. Lest we forget as we shake our heads at Israel's foolishness that this book reveals our personal relationship with the Lord. ...

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On Being Gomer

So whats good about being Gomer? That's my question for us. What's good about being the wayward bride? ...

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For the Ninevites

As we open this Advent season and enter into the waiting and the hope, we remember Jonah. We remember that God came down to co-inhabit with us. We remember that He lowers himself in order to extend grace to every one of us, even those that we might rather see burn. We remember that his message of grace is bigger than our desire to share it. We remember that his grace follo...

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Lean In, Not Away

"Can we know and still love?" That's the question....

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From Every Nation

Sunday we heard a call to action for the Christian church. The Bible tells us that it is important for us to work towards uniting God's people together. It will help us to become outward oriented and compel us to humility, as we see the fallenness in ourselves and others and the glimpses of God's glory reflected in others around 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 love…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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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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Ordinary Romance

Practical steps for cultivating intimacy in marriage. ...

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Fully Known & Truly Loved

Marriage isn't always perfectly romantic, but in the rhythm of the ordinary, God is revealing Himself and His love for His people. ...

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Our Marriages Are Not Our Own

Our marriages are not our own, they are His. Our families are not our own, they are His. Our household is not our own. It is His. ...

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Being a Part of God's Love Story

We know the Disney movies that end in riding off into the sunset, living happily ever after, etc. As a child, my favorite parts were watching the prince transform throughout the movie. The beast, the frog, the thief became the perfect prince all while the girl remained sinless. I wanted this for myself......

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