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True Life Chronicles - Pt. 1

July 31, 2013 Today is Sunday, July 28th, 2013. We have been fully "operational" for 5 months now, and I got home from our service today and got the urge to want to start chronicling - on a weekly basis - the life of True Life Church. My hope is that others will join me in the chronicling (meaning - I hope others will write posts like this one because I won't feel like ...

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Fanning the Flames of AWE

May 28, 2015 This past Sunday we talked about the importance of Awe -- how there is a difference between believing in the truths about Jesus and having an awe over those glorious truths. Belief alone -- in the sens of an intellectual agreement -- does not lead to worship or life change or freedom. Awe does. That was the purpose of the sermon on Sunday as we looked at 3 S...

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Idolatry In My Life

October 17, 2012 What is an idol? Essentially it is a God other than God himself. It is something that we consume ourselves with and base our life's meaning upon. If it is taken away, we will lose our sense of peace and joy. As Christians, we worship God himself, and as a result we can't have idols because it would mean that we aren't worshipping God. We can't worship ...

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The Funny Thing About Community

November 15, 2012 Growing up, my mom used to always say that God gave me good eye sight to make up for my poor sense of direction. Now, I'm not entirely sure that's the way God was thinking about things, but that thought has always stuck with me. When I'm lost (which is very common for me) and frustrated with my (lack of) sense of direction, I am actually more grateful ...

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Christmas & The Newtown Tragedy

December 19, 2012 There are two things that I see everywhere I look - signs of Christmas, and the latest reports about the Newtown tragedy. In between holiday songs and commercials about sales at Best Buy, the news and radio have been non-stop with coverage on the Connecticut community -- from eyewitness accounts to interviews with psychologists and priests to politicia...

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Learning to Trust God in Our Suffering

January 15, 2013 At our last gathering, we talked about suffering and how our prayer is that we would learn to trust God to use them for our good and for His glory. In the middle of the sermon, we showed a video clip from a message by Francis Chan. Since last Sunday, more people have commented on and asked about that video clip than the sermon (no offense taken, haha), s...

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Living in Light of the Resurrection (A Marriage Story)

April 2, 2013 This past Sunday -- Easter Sunday -- we talked about the resurrection and how if we believe it, then we should be living like we believe it. And I referenced a marriage story that I was sent a year ago by a good friend. It's powerful. Watch it: The Story of Ian and Larissa....

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Charleston Attack: When God is at Work, Satan Reacts

June 23, 2015 "There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of Scripture." So said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, condemning Wednesday night's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Emmanuel AME Church, the scene of the attack, is historically African-American, tracing its roots...

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Why So Many Bible Translations

June 10, 2015 Have you ever wondered why there are so many Bible translations out there? We hear Christians say I read the New Kings James, another says I read the New International Version, and still another says the Message translation is the best. Why so many translations? The Bible was originally written in three languages. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew a...

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