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The Day I Left My Marriage

From September 27, 2013 The following story was taken from "Today's Christian Woman." ____________ The day had come. I'd lasted as long as I could in my marriage. Once my husband, Bill, left for work, I packed a bag for myself and our 14-month-old son and left our home. It was the only year in our married life when we lived in the same town as my parents. Obviously the ...

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True Life Chronicles, Part 2

August 7, 2013 This past week has had many highs and lows for me personally when it comes to this church thing. I'm gonna' write about one of each, both of which occurred outside of Sunday morning. The low happened last Wednesday. A few months ago Dan Gina Sachowski, who are part of True Life, introduced me to a couple they are friends with whose 19-month old daughter w...

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50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Speech

From August 28, 2013 Is Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Dream' still alive? The "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" was held 50 years ago today. It gathered more than 250,000 people in the National Mallthe largest public demonstration in American history to date. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech (a...

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True Life Chronicles - Part 3

From September 3, 2013 Well, a month ago I set out to write something every week about the new life of our church plant, and I failed already. I missed two weeks in a row. But I have a good excuse -- I didn't feel like it. I was busy with day-to-day things, and I didn't feel like stopping to think about what God is doing in our church. It didn't seem too important. An...

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True Life Chronicles - Part 4

From September 13, 2013 I have read in many books a church-planting principle that goes something like this: Use Programs to build people, instead of using people to build programs. I agree with this in theory. But in practice, it's often more tempting to focus on programs because you can see the tangible progress of programs. Programs are easier to control, easier to...

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Redeeming Halloween

Once a celebration of an old Celtic tradition, Halloween is now the second most celebrated family holiday in America. Nearly 70% of Americans will participate in some form or fashion, and it's the only night of the year where the world around me actually comes to my door that of a pastor. With that in mind, I want to share just one of the ways my family and I have deci...

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The Search for Community

Since the beginning of True Life, we've talked about being an authentic and honest community. Below is an excerpt from a book I'm reading - "A Loving Life" by Paul Miller - about the search for community. _____________ The biggest problem people have in searching for the perfect community is just that. You don't find community; you create it through love. Look how this t...

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Running the Race of Faith

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the ri...

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How Do You Prepare for Sunday Morning?

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I went out to eat on a date. On a whim, we decided to go see a movie as well. Just like that. No preparation, we just decided and went. The lack of preparation had absolutely no bearing on how much we enjoyed the movie. After all, we just wanted to be entertained. Unfortunately, we can often approach the Sunday meeting in a similar way....

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Your Baptism Preaches a Sermon

In this season of True Life Church, we are regularly (at least 4 time per year) offering folks the chance to be baptized in front of the rest of the church - either during a Sunday service or at a summer pool party. The below excerpts from another church's blog are a great reminder of how powerful a public baptism can be for those watching. November 14, 2014 W...

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How to Pray in Light of Another Random Shooting

In the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon yesterday, we all know that we should pray. We just struggle to know what exactly to pray for. I mean, as I think about the parents who must have stayed up all night weeping for the loss of their children, prayer doesn't seem all that helpful. Nevertheless, here are some thoughts: We should pray for...

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Pursuing Rest During the Crazy Holidays

November 26, 2014 The below was written by Mandy to the worship team in an email. She graciously allowed us to post it on the blog as an encouragement for everyone. ____ Hey everyone! Hope your week is coming along awesome! :) I have the whole week off from work, so I am enjoying some wonderful rest :) Here comes that busy time of year... Thanksgiving is only a couple ...

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