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3 Simple Examples

I have the spiritual gift of making simple things really difficult. You're welcome. Let's try and reverse that, shall we? FollowingChrist is not meant to be complicated.Paul gives Timothy three simple, timeless examples of how to do that in 2 Timothy 2. Example #1: soldier 3Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4No soldier gets entangled in civilian pur...

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Yes. You Matter.

I know it is difficult to be honest, but let's try for a moment. At some point, all of us have had a nagging question in the back of our mind: "Does my life even matter?" I assume you have wondered that.I have. Imagine the person whospends his entire life bettering society only to find out at the end that the needle was only moved a tiny bit. Or knowing that the next gene...

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The Best Book You've Never Read

I hear all the time from Christians how hard it is to be a believer in the times we now find ourselves. I am not disagreeing, but I am also wanting to keep perspective. Even when I was growing up (just a few short years ago since I am so very young), being a Christian was culturallynormal. In fact, in most churches and ministries where I served, wehad to fight something c...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Those in philosophy, sociology, and academiaare uniformly fascinated by the answer to one question: "Who are we?" Why do all those differentgroups care to comprehendthis question of ouridentity?Simply put, if you do not know who you are, you have no idea what to do, who you are made to be, what is right and wrong, and what your role is in this big, crazy world. You will b...

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Turn the Other Cheek?

In the worship services lately, we've been looking at problematic passages in the Bible. For example, the New Testament says: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."(Matt 5:38-39)...and..."You have heard that ...

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Why Worship?

Sermon note for this week: This week wewill be examining the commands in Deuteronomy 7:1-2 and talking through "How can a loving God command His people to wipe out a nation, including men, women, and childrenand then in the New Testament tells us to "turnthe other cheek"? ______________*Don't forget that this week is time changeSunday -FALL BACK* ______________Have you e...

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'Grace' Summarized

What image comes to mind when you think of grace?-Asuper-duper paper towel that can clean all the dirt off of you?-An eraser that has erasedall your sin?-Tweezers that can pluck the tiny imperfections out of you?How can we best picture whatGod has done for us in Jesus?I heard this story a while back and took the time to find itso I could quote it exactly:"An old Indian, af...

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#RoxWin and Victory in Christ

I feel sorry for my kids' teachers today. Last night, Nikki and I stayed up to watch the Rockies/Cubs Wild Card game (and postgame) until after midnight. My kids will be exhausted all day because she was a bad parent and allowed themto stay up until midnight to watch with us, despite my protests to send them to bed at a reasonable hour. (At least that is how I remember ...

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Stop! Smell the Roses.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you"stop and smell the roses"? Our days are generally filled with what we need todo,aren't they?Putout the next fire.Schedulethe next meeting.Gothrough my checklist to see what I have forgotten to do today.Go.Go.Go.We live in a time when there is always more we could be doing. We look around us and the person next to us is going pretty h...

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