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Sep 14

Paper Thin

By Ken Ansley

God has torn down the veil that separates us from Him. It was a sacrifice beyond measure. Luke 7: 11-16 "Now it happened, as He went into a city called Nain; and many of . . .

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Sep 07

Willing and Able

By Maggie Schade

Jesus isn’t watching from afar waiting for us to mess up so he can say “I told you so.” He freely showers his love and mercy onto us because he knows it’s exactly . . .

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Aug 31

The Veggies and The Gospel

By Adam Everett

May we meet people where they are and invite them into a journey of the Gospel with us. My daughter is turning three in October and it has been such a privilege to be he . . .

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Aug 24

Judge Not

By Michael DeFazio

Judging is something to be avoided so that we might love each other well. I have a question for you: What do people watching So You Think You Can Dance? (or any other pu . . .

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Aug 17

Spiritual Treasures

By Scott Ensminger

If my treasure is found in things of this world, then my treasure isn’t Jesus. Take a moment to read Matthew 6:19-24. As I read the passage, one word kept coming to . . .

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Aug 10

The Lord’s Prayer

By Robert Stevens

God as our Father desires a relationship with us where we want to communicate with Him. Most people, no matter what background or belief system, have heard the Lord’s . . .

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Aug 03

Untangible Heart

By Bekah Behnke

Identity is important to us as people. We want to know who we are and what our priorities are. But we also want other people to know that too. We seek labels to help othe . . .

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Jul 27

For His Glory

By Elijah Dally

True righteousness is doing good things because of God’s glory, not for our own. Matthew 6:1-18 teaches us a lot. It is packed with theology and practical tips for liv . . .

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Jul 20

It’s in the Heart

By Sam Martin

People had thought it was only about the rules and law and using your head to make a good decision, but Jesus flips it and says that it is what’s in our hearts that ma . . .

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Jul 13

Thinking Before Speaking

By Robert Stevens

Scripture speaks of the power of the tongue and the damage or the healing that it can do. In a time when we can’t turn around without hearing about people in authority . . .

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Jul 06

Keep it REAL

By Jim Wickenkamp

Temporary pleasure comes at a price and is never as fulfilling as it leads us to believe. God’s rewards are worth waiting for. For over a decade Christ’s Church has . . .

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Jun 29

The Right to be Angry

By Elijah Dally

We learn forgiveness and reconciliation through the God that gave us that himself – Jesus. Stephen Covey tells a story of a time he was on a subway in New York. He sta . . .

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Jun 22

Shhhh… Listen.

By Dana Hutson

The salt is a symbol of the covenant with God and how God penetrates, preserves, and aids in our life. Do you worship and meditate with a song? I do! I do not play well . . .

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Jun 15

The Invitation

By Adam Scutti

Life with Jesus is hard, but it is simple. So, here we are in the Gospel according to Luke chapter six verses seventeen through twenty-six. Jesus has just invited twelve . . .

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Jun 08

God Loves the Losers

By Eric Pagán

God will meet us in our brokenness. Have you ever been called a loser? Perhaps it was a jeer from the schoolyard bully. Maybe it was just the thing you feared being labe . . .

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Jun 08

Happiness through Helplessness

By Zach Holden

Imagine. A king decided to leave his place of authority, his glorious and regal castle, to walk with those who live in the dirt and the filth. Thumbing through his wardr . . .

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Jun 01

Resting The Way God Intended

By Drake Holderman

God wants us to do good every day, not just on certain days. I remember being a kid and having rules that my parents made my siblings and I obey. We had to eat all our v . . .

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May 25

It’s About The One We Follow

By Jake Harp

Discipleship is not about our excellence as followers. It’s about the excellence of the one we follow. November 18, 1978. Cult leader Jim Warren Jones led 909 of his f . . .

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May 18

What Makes A Good Witness

By Zoey Harp

Live your life in a way that shines Christ so brightly that it cannot be ignored! One of my absolute favorite things to do is watch a good ole’ crime TV show. I could . . .

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May 11

How God Acts

By Elijah Dally

Don't miss out on the real activity of God amongst his people. In John 5:1-9, Jesus is in Jerusalem for the holiday. John doesn't specifically tell us which holiday it i . . .

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May 04

A Stale State Of Living

By Zack Minor

I think Jesus sees us when we are in a stale state of living, and he knows there’s a way to rejuvenate us to a more productive state, but we tend to think we deserve to . . .

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Apr 27

A Faith That Moves

By Alan Stanley

Are we willing to do the unconventional in our pursuit of Jesus? In Mark 2:1-12, Mark records a fantastic story of a paralyzed man being lowered through the roof of a ho . . .

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Apr 20

The Gift That Keeps On Giving The Whole Year Round

By Samantha Snow

When the encouraging cards cease to come, I still have a gift that will never be taken away. Many of us have experienced it. The loss of someone we loved dearly. Sometim . . .

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Apr 13

The Authority Of A King

By Elijah Dally

While the authority of Jesus carries with it the threat of losing your life, it simultaneously carries with it the promise to save it. In Mark 1:21-38, Jesus and his dis . . .

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Apr 06

Whose Story Is It, Anyway?

By Maggie Schade

It just didn’t make sense that things weren’t working out exactly how we had anticipated. Four years ago this week, my husband and I realized that God was leading us . . .

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Mar 30

The Changing Of The Trees

By Jordan White

Look at what God has done over the last week, month, lifetime. You know how it goes. You see someone every day of your life. Maybe it’s your child, your spouse, your c . . .

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Mar 23

A Healing Story

By Kim Goldin

Dear friend, your story is not being written in vain. "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." These words to the old hym . . .

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Mar 16

A Water Redemption

By Lindy Roberts

He has an incredible way of redeeming our stories. This is an amazing historical story of Jesus at a well in Samaria, approaching and loving an outcast Samaritan woman w . . .

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Mar 09

How Good Are You?

By Adam Everett

Jesus pursues you with His grace and sits with you in your struggle. “I’m good…no, really…I’m good.” How many times have you uttered that phrase and deep wit . . .

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Mar 02

A God Who Speaks

By Michael DeFazio

When Jesus talks about heaven, he speaks of the place from which he has come. I believe with growing confidence that Jesus speaks. I think he talks to people. I think he . . .

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Feb 23

From Candy To The Cross

By Scott Ensminger

Even though the light will expose my sin, the truth gives me hope! The first Bible verse that I remember being able to quote was John 3:16, "For God so loved the world t . . .

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Feb 16

Jesus’ Jealousy and Anger

By Robert Stevens

He is jealous for us, and won't let anyone stand in His way. I remember as a kid hearing the story of John 2, when Jesus came into the temple and used a whip to drive ou . . .

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Feb 09

Revealed Through Wine

By Bekah Behnke

Jesus turning water into wine doesn’t just reveal His identity, it also reveals mine. I have always wondered why Jesus turned water into wine as his first miracle. In . . .

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Feb 02

To Be Found

By Elijah Dally

Something began yesterday that is altering reality forever. The word ‘find' has its meaning in discovering something that was previously absent. Our minds typically go . . .

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Jan 26

The Temptation Of A Follower

By Dana Hutson

Be so immersed in God's Word so that we cannot help but to use the truth to resist those temptations. Temptation looks differently for each of us. A New York cartoonist . . .

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Jan 19

Transformation In The Face Of Trials

By Matt Gilchrist

They are compelled to care for others because they have changed the way they think about things. Christ’s Church has had the honor for the last couple decades to partn . . .

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Jan 12

Follow The Light You CAN See

By Brad Barmore

Some days I have more faith in my doctor, in the factory workers at Honda and the engineers at Apple than I do in Jesus. There are plenty of things in my life that I tru . . .

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Dec 22

The Character Of A Father

By Sam Martin

Not only is Joseph a man who holds on to truth and what is right, he also is a man of grace. It is so easy for us to look at the shortcomings of those we read about in t . . .

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Dec 15

The Relationship We’ve Always Longed For

By Adam Scutti

In every relationship there is responsibility. Think about, for one moment, if you will, your closest relationship. Maybe that is your relationship with your mom or dad. . . .

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Dec 09

The Example of Mary

By Drake Holderman

She knew that her future in the eyes of man only held rejection...but Mary also knew her future in the will of God held freedom. I think that Christmas music shouldn't b . . .

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Dec 08

A Faithful Path With God

By Zoey Harp

The path definitely wasn't what I expected, yet God was still faithful. As far back as I can remember, God placed the calling of Children's Ministry on my heart. I love . . .

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Nov 24

A Family History Full Of Sinners and Grace

By Matt Gilchrist

There is room for all of us under Jesus. There is no story, sin or past so great that the blood of Christ can't redeem it. Above my desk in my office sits a 66-year-old . . .

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Nov 18

A Clearer Vision of Jesus

By Zack Minor

We are going to add a new layer of color every time we study his life until we have pure white light. Who is Jesus? The Gospels tell the official story of Jesus, and our . . .

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Nov 03

The Plans Of God

By Alan Stanley

The plans are His. I must simply surrender to His leading and be open to how He can use  me. I’m writing this blog from Osaka, Japan. A small group of supporters from . . .

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Oct 27

Tell Me A Story

By Michael DeFazio

I think this is why God decided the Bible should be full of stories. The problem with pain is that we can't see the end of the story from the middle. If we could, then n . . .

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Oct 20

Grace Upon Grace

By Samantha Snow

When I don't want to forgive someone else, the last thing I look at is my own sin. Forgiveness is hard. It's one of the hardest things to do in life. I'd like to think i . . .

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Oct 15

Wrestling With God

By Bekah Behnke

My way was everyone else's normal, His way was our new normal. I have grown up in the church. My parents signed me up for EVERY church event. Though I am so grateful for . . .

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Oct 06

The Waiting Game

By Maggie Schade

Surely he would oblige us and complete this process in our timing. Shouldn't our faith be rewarded? Three and a half years ago, my husband and I began the process to ado . . .

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Sep 29

“I Will!”

By Adam Everett

What would happen if we rearranged our lives for the sake of the Gospel? When it comes to discovering completeness in Jesus, where are the holes in my game? Maybe you wa . . .

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Sep 22

A Challenge To Do Things Well

By Scott Ensminger

The early church did a few things very well and it worked. Acts is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I enjoy reading and learning from the disciples as they were be . . .

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Sep 15

A New Kind Of Financial Legacy

By Jim Wickenkamp

It is my goal for this process to lead me to live a Real Life of Justice, as reflected in my spending. I intentionally waited until after hearing the sermon on Real Life . . .

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Sep 09

Take The World, But Give Me Jesus

By Elijah Dally

We can start enjoying the reality of what God has given us today. The purpose of James writing this letter is to unravel what an authentic life of faith looks like. If . . .

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Sep 01

Heart Words

By Kim Goldin

Could it be that God is asking us to draw nearer to Him and let Him change our hearts? Words matter. We are told that over and over again. Scripture addresses this in Ja . . .

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Aug 25

An Active Faith

By Sam Martin

The Spirit works through people who actively want to be apart of the kingdom. It is so much easier to talk about something than to actually do it. And I think we spend m . . .

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Aug 18

On Wisdom & Doubt

By Eric Pagán

Jesus further reveals himself to Thomas, lovingly inviting him into faith. I loved Mark's sermon on James 1. I am constantly in need of God's wisdom and I don't know abo . . .

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Aug 11

Where Is The Mission Field?

By Robert Stevens

We are all actors in the story of bringing the Gospel to hurting people. In Acts 8 Paul was persecuting the church, and the church of Jerusalem was scattered throughout . . .

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Aug 04

A Trojan Horse For The Church

By Jordan White

He has not left you alone, and through him you can overcome this world. It’s the 12th century BC. For 10 years the Greeks have laid siege to the great city of Troy. It . . .

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Jul 28

Receiving And Giving Grace

By Adam Scutti

Grace is an essential ingredient in our lives, but unfortunately, one that our society does not give readily. Have you ever made a mistake that you tremendously regret b . . .

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Jul 21

Affirming In Your Own Way

By Zack Minor

It doesn't matter how you encourage others; it only matters that you do encourage others. I recently took the 5 Love Languages test and discovered that my primary love l . . .

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Jul 07

A Father’s Plan

By Alan Stanley

God not only used Paul, but choose him and groomed him. I took an accounting class in high school, and it just made sense.  So in college I majored in accounting and be . . .

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Jun 30

Your Story, God’s Story

By Michael DeFazio

No life is too bad to be redeemed or too boring to make a difference. Never underestimate the power of words. After class one day in my sophomore year of college, my . . .

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Jun 23

How To Be Remembered

By Samantha Snow

Luke’s account of Stephen is absolutely the most amazing and wondrous way to be remembered. When someone dies we often remember them as being a bit more wonderful than . . .

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Jun 16

Listening To His Spirit

By Bekah Behnke

When you are a talker like me, learning to listen becomes the struggle. I am an external processor. I need to be able to talk through decisions, even if it means talking . . .

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Jun 09

The Joy of Getting Personal

By Addie Houser

We are a bunch of broken people who have the opportunity to have a relationship with the one and only holy God. Throughout my high school years, my family hosted foreign . . .

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Jun 02

Mad at God, But Why?

By Maggie Schade

We point our fingers and shake our fists at God in an effort to bring some kind of closure and peace to our broken hearts. I'm not a very patient or forgiving person. In . . .

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May 26

Sexual Ethics

By Isaac Schade

In order to avoid distorting this beautiful aspect of God’s creation, we must talk about it. We live in an increasingly sexualized world. Whereas sexual content once h . . .

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May 19

The Impact of the Word

By Adam Everett

My actions may be personal, but they are never private. There are times in my life where the busyness of the day just slips away and I don’t “have time” to read th . . .

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May 12

Let’s Play!

By Lyndsey Deyoe

Play looks different to every person, but it is a time to have joy in what God has given us. "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. . . .

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May 05

God’s Rest Is Good For Us All

By Scott Ensminger

Those moments of rest with God give me peace and contentment. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the d . . .

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Apr 28

Working Together And Celebrating Together

By Jim Wickenkamp

Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer. Solomon said, “Go watch the ant…” (Proverbs 6:6). King Solomon never saw the . . .

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Apr 21

Relationship with God, No Matter Your “Status”

By Elijah Dally

The ‘single' life, then, is fulfilled by knowing, engaging, and enjoying God. Singleness, in regards to romantic relationships, is a word that carries with it a lot of . . .

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Apr 14

Words Of Encouragement For Parents

By Kim Goldin

Whether it seems like a big or small "mess up," remind yourself that God is the Great Redeemer and all this is really His yoke to carry, not yours. The Theology of Paren . . .

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Apr 07

A Marriage Built On Christ, Not Comfort

By Sam Martin

In the same way that sin puts a strain on our relationship with God, sin can fill marriage with struggle and challenge. I had the opportunity of writing about what a cov . . .

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Mar 31

Victory In Suffering (Romans 8)

By Eric Pagán

In the midst of unbearable suffering we can say "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit", knowing that the father's hands are the safest place we can be. "I'm sorry, . . .

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Mar 24

Diversity And Love (Romans 16)

By Robert Stevens

We see the early churches putting righteousness before worldly things. It might be easy to skip over the long list of names that Paul lists in Romans 16 and wonder why P . . .

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Mar 17

Unity In Differences (Romans 14:1-15:13)

By Jordan White

While we may have differences of opinion...the final goal is always the same - build the Kingdom. I grew up Baptist - the son of a music minster, turned youth minister, . . .

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Mar 10

An Identity Of Love (Romans 12:1-13:14)

By Adam Scutti

Jesus tells His disciples to have faith, which is really telling them to remember who He is, so they remember who they are. My friend and I were talking the other day ab . . .

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Mar 03

Still Hope for Anyone – The Plan and the People (Romans 9-11)

By Matt Gilchrist

As long as there is still air in our lungs, we still have the opportunity to respond to the good news of Jesus. Still Hope for Anyone - The Plan and the People (Romans 9 . . .

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Feb 25

Life In Light Of Eternity (Romans 8:12-30)

By Alan Stanley

The daily grind is still here. But when viewed through an eternal filter, the perspective changes. "Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is no . . .

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Feb 18

Perfection Not Required (Romans 7:14-8:13)

By Sara Hill

In the midst of this earthly battle with my flesh, I will never be alone. "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I . . .

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Feb 11

The Rebuilt Life (Romans 6:1-23)

By Addie Houser

He is rebuilding us so that He can make Himself at home within us. In the 1700's, Augustus M. Toplady wrote the hymn Rock of Ages. Even though these lyrics are over 300 . . .

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Feb 04

Grace Is A Scandal (Romans 5:1-11)

By Isaac Schade

Intimacy and relationship with God are not to be taken lightly. Why do I keep trying to save myself? Why do I continue to attempt to blaze my own trail? Why do I insist . . .

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Jan 28

A Lover, Not A Hero (Romans 3:21-31)

By Samantha Snow

Do I want to be this way because the love of Jesus compels me to then love others, or because it makes me feel like a hero? I'd like to think that I don't ever look upon . . .

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Jan 21

A Story Of Faithfulness (Romans 2:1-3.20)

By Ken Ansley

I can't start any New Year without reflecting on the transforming power of God's faithfulness. Sadly, I know from my own experience, that by now almost all of our New Ye . . .

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Jan 14

The Sin Of Replacement (Romans 1:18-32)

By Maggie Schade

We've all chosen to replace God. I am so thankful to be studying the book of Romans as a church. This book has spoken deeply to my heart over the years – teaching me a . . .

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Jan 07

The Light Of A Lighthouse (Romans 1:1-17)

By Jordan White

Our job is simply to live each day encouraging other believers in their faith and preaching the gospel to everyone around us. This Advent season at Christ’s Church we . . .

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Dec 31

Who Jesus Is (Colossians 1:15-20)

By Kim Goldin

If we want to know what God looks like, we must  look at the Son. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. In Him all things were cre . . .

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Dec 24

From Predicted To Present (Isaiah 53; Acts 8)

By Lindy Roberts

When God says that he will move, you can believe  that it will become reality. My family enjoys the Christmas season, when we remember the incredible birth story of Jes . . .

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Dec 17

A Light That Shines In The Darkness (Isaiah 54-55)

By Adam Everett

The experience of joy is more profound having  known sorrow. The 20th-century German scholar Claus Westermann once wrote, "God created the world in such a way that ligh . . .

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Dec 10

A Worm and the Psalms

By Michael DeFazio

I want to surround myself with God, which is  what happens when I read the Psalms. They force  me to look again at the things I believe in but don't  always see. For . . .

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Dec 03

Homesick For Heaven (Psalm 84)

By Scott Ensminger

I have become a little homesick. Not homesick to  go back to my childhood but homesick for Heaven. Psalm 84: 1-2 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! M . . .

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Nov 26

Contentment: A Mindset and a Perspective (Philippians 4:10-13)

By Robert Stevens

Contentment in every situation comes from a  relationship with Christ that comes from daily  communing with God in and through His word,  prayer and worship so that yo . . .

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Nov 19

My Longing Heart (Psalm 63)

By Bekah Behnke

He has made himself available to be known. We  need to draw ourselves to him. The heart is a precious thing. As much as I hate to admit it, I am someone driven by the h . . .

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Nov 12

Confession, Transformation and Worship (Psalm 51)

By Elijah Dally

When we read David's prayer of confession, we  don't just see his story, we see our own. Psalm 51 is a prayer of confession. What makes this Psalm so interesting is tha . . .

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Nov 05

I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found (Psalm 107)

By Dana Hutson

My story is one of acknowledgment that my God  was always there in the darkness. We all come from many different places, situations and circumstances. Many may be able . . .

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Oct 29

Faith in Action

By Christ's Church

The God that created you has also ordained moments of service and ministry for you. This past Sunday we had the privilege of hearing from Dr. Ajai Lall about the work of . . .

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Oct 22

Seeing For The First Time (Romans 13.8-10)

By Brad Barmore

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. My vision is bad. I have to wear glasses to drive, to watch TV, to go to a concert or a movie, or even to enjoy a nice sunset. But . . .

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Oct 15

Remodeling And Renewing (Ephesians 4:11-13)

By Jim Wickenkamp

We shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that God  wants to work through us. As I write this morning I’m sitting in my new office looking out the window at the thick f . . .

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Oct 08

Living Hopefully In A Hopeless World (2 Timothy 3:14-4:4)

By Eric Pagán

The greatest teachers any of us have are teachers  who not only tell us the truth, but who live out that  truth, casting a vision of God’s goodness. As we read the w . . .

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Sep 24

The Clear And Simple Choice (Deuteronomy 30:1–10)

By Lyndsey Deyoe

He wants all of us and we need only Him. I am so thankful for God’s clarity. For some issues in today’s world, we are still navigating what God's word says. There ar . . .

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Sep 17

A Hopeful Covenant (Deuteronomy 29:2–4, 9–18)

By Sam Martin

Covenant is a hinge word, a binding word, a word  that will change your life forever. Going to church has always been a part of my life. It is just what my family d . . .

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Sep 08

The Simple Life of Faith (Hebrews 12:1-3)

By Adam Scutti

Simplicity isn’t about not having much or getting  rid of things. Simplicity is about living with  singular focus. Throughout the book of Hebrews the author makes a . . .

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