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Life's Not Fair!

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Most people have said that life isn’t fair. We’ve all heard someone else say it. People often think they are getting less than they deserve or worse than they deserve. They are good in one way or another, yet something bad is happening to them anyway. They declare that life is not ...

Free Indeed!

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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.— John 8:36 To live a resurrected life is to live with freedom and joy. Why do so many of us live as though we are still slaves, as unfree people? I, myself, had recently become enslaved to fear in a specific situation, and I hadn’t ...

Different Kinds Of Working

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“Would you like to teach children’s Sunday School?” the director of children’s ministry asked me. “No,” I responded. Her stunned look was priceless. I don’t think she got very many direct noes when she asked for volunteers. Certainly her requests had been ...

Authentic Community

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Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. — James 5:16 Since becoming a Christian when I was 14, I have been in a number of important Christian communities, including confirmation ...

Begin with Praise

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Nehemiah prayed before he went to the king on behalf of his people. He began this prayer with praise: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments…” (Nehemiah 1:5). He went on to confess his ...

This Prophet’s Word is Love

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When we think about prophets from Old Testament times, we usually think about people who spoke for God. In those days, prophecies were often about God’s wrath about the people’s sin, and the need for repentance. Jesus was also a prophet — but a very different kind. Like Old ...

Rest Is God's Best

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I have a list of life priorities. In the God category, I’ve included devotion, study and writing. The fourth item in that category is rest. When I originally wrote the list, rest was not on it. I added it after further deliberation about what I thought my highest priorities should be. ...

He Sought Me

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The title of our current sermon series is Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. It is, for many, about looking for love in all the wrong places, and how we don’t really have to look in all those places because God is looking for us. I struggled a little to figure out how this ...

Here I Am. Send Me.

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Why do we do missions?  My short answer: because all believers are called to share the gospel. Of course, there are all kinds of ways to respond to this general call.  But I have found that when we get away to an unfamiliar environment, where we are out of our leagues and dependent on ...

Love Trumps Fear

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There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.— 1 John 4: 18a In his sermon on Sunday, David implored us to start to heal divides, one relationship at a time. In these turbulent days, though, there can be barriers for all of us that make this challenging. We are so fortunate to ...

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