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I Love Messy Churches

Messy churches? Why would anyone love a messy church? You mean the carpet stains where all the kids eat their breakfast and spill their juice? No, I'm not talking about our building, I'm talking about the people. Loving a messy church is about a church that's full of saved people who don't pretend to have it all together. I'm a sinner doing life with a bunch of sinners wi...

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Water For Life Mission Trip

Jess Muller and Eric Siriani just returned from Haiti where they were serving the people of Haiti with Water for Life. You can see the kids LOVING the playground we sent in a few of the pictures! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv5wj4knDLwfeature=youtu.be ...

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Praying More...Using An App?

Prayer Aids... In 2008 I began writing my daily prayers in a journal. Now, I had started prayer journals before - probably a dozen times over the past twenty years, but I had never really been consistent at journaling. Most of my old journals look the same: four or five entries followed by fifty blank pages. I have a dozen journals like this on my shelf. I'm not sure what...

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WHY DID JESUS SAY IT'S HARD FOR THE RICH TO BE SAVED?

Can a rich person be saved? Should a Christ-follower seek wealth? It's a heart issue. Randy Alcorn's book, "Money, Possessions, and Eternity" helps us to understand the truth about money, materialism, and idolatry... "Note the self-destructive nature of money love. It's a life of self-mutilation in which we repeatedly pierce ourselves with grief after grief. The good we...

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CULTURALLY CHRISTIAN? OR ACTUALLY A CHRIST-FOLLOWER?

Sometimes the truth stings a little bit! I recently read this post and, like iron that sharpens another piece of iron (Proverbs 27:17), I felt sharper. This post touched me... actually it hit me... well, it was more like being punched in the face... over and over again:) Honestly, the point of the blog was not to make us feel guilty - that doesn't give life but actually r...

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Ministry Spotlight

This month's ministry spotlight is Mercy for Mamas. One percent of your offerings will go to this ministry! "Mercy for Mamas started in 2010 as a small personal project for Melissa Busby. Melissa felt a burden for the pregnant women of Uganda during the adoption of her daughter Mercy, whose mother died from delivery complications. Shortly before traveling to Uganda in 2...

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Good Word

Colossians 1:13-14 "13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." ESV...

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HEALTHY = HUNGRY

I recently heard a doctor describe children with big appetites as healthy children. In a similar way, Christians who are hungry tend to be healthier. A strong and growing appetite for God's Word, for prayer, for worship, and for fellowship are all significant marks of spiritual health and vitality. The opposite is true as well: a decreasing appetite for those areas signal ...

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Good Word

A good passage to meditate upon today - Isaiah 10:1-4God watches closely over the way we treat the poor, the fatherless, and the widow - those most vulnerable in society...Isaiah 10:1-4 (HCSB) - "Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws 2 to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that wi...

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It's More Helpful to ask "What Now?" Rather Than "Why?"

A friend posted this link to Lysa TerKeurst's Facebook page. She says that she has discovered that it's more helpful to ask God, "What now?" instead of "Why?" when trying to work through challenging circumstances and disappointments - the trials that are common to everyone who is breathing. Here's Lysa's post: I've realized that trying to figure out why God allows certain...

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