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Are We Moving Into Another Building?

Many have been wondering - are we going to get into another facility? Are we going to move out of the school and into a more permanent building? Some of you guys are hoping we do. Some of you guys are hoping we don't. And that's okay. But we do want to avoid two extremes when it comes to this question. On one extreme that some people may fall into is the belief that we ...

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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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The Cost of Authenticity

While authenticity is a big buzz word in our culture right now, most of us aren't authentic enough to admit that being authentic is just too costly. Since our church started almost 3 years ago, being an authentic church has always been a big part of our vision. Being a church where we don't pretend to be anything that we're not, where we can confess the things we're str...

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Just Me And Him

Prayer time is such a special part of my day. It is a necessity for me. When I allow life to take control and don't make that time with God a priority, I feel like something is missing. I begin to truly miss spending time with Him. I feel like a child whose daddy has been out of town for a day or two, then when he finally comes home, you run into his arms with such a feeli...

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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Act, proclaiming the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The next year, he proclaimed the third Sunday in January as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. As a result, today we honor Dr. King. Yesterday, thousands of churches across the country honored the sanctity of life. What would Martin Luth...

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Tips about Being an Intentional Ambassador

Our new Vision Statement is to be an authentic, inclusive and sending community where the grace of Jesus Christ deeply impacts every area of our ordinary lives. "Sending" is a word that was not emphasized in our original vision statement, and so I want to talk about it briefly. We talked about what it means to be a sending church in the first sermon of the month (Our Vis...

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My Upgrade

Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." It amazes me how faithful He is to give what I ask for. It amazes me even more when He gives me what I need even when I don't ask! In my personal little thought bubble, I have been wondering if maybe Christians have been using "attacks from the...

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