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How Having God As Our Father Matters

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We need to be awed by the incredible privilege opened for us to have an intimate relationship with God. As we consider God as Father, we need to remember we serve a God who wants us to know him intimately....

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What's "Speaking the Truth in Love" Anyway?

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By speaking the truth in love, we fight the lies of the enemy in each other’s lives and offer hope in Christ. We all need brothers and sisters who know us, know our struggles, and know how to speak truth into them....

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Salvation from Start to Finish

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I hope that after taking a closer look, this verse will give you a more complete view of your past, present, and future salvation. It should also provide you with another Scripture for your arsenal to combat the lies of the evil one. Most of all, though, I pray that God will use it to reassure you of his faithfulness to finish what he started in you....

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How Do We Study the Scriptures?

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Making resolutions can be tough and keeping them past a few weeks can be even harder, but as Jonathan Edwards demonstrates, making resolutions can be a fruitful venture in seeking to be disciplined and self-controlled for the glory of God....

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How the Psalms Taught Me About Emotions

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How are the Psalms instructive? They train me on how to come before the Lord honestly in all seasons of life, setting the foundation of my heart on the truth from His word....

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The Story of the Cactus

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My kids beg me often to tell the story of the cactus. They love hearing about kid-sized Jeremy who was told that he couldn’t have a cactus from the neighborhood park. At the end of that story, we always talk about how it’s better to obey because parents don’t want to keep good things from their children, but because we want them to have the most fun possible....

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Defining Moments

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The longer we live, the more “defining moments” we have...

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Where Is Your Focus?

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Is serving exhausting? Sometimes. Does it make for a long day for our family? Yes. Would it be easier to just say no? Absolutely. But it is worth it. Not serving means missing out on the joy of being a part of what God is doing in the church body. ...

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Accepting Grace

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Have you been here before? A friend offers to pay for you, or you are complimented, or someone offers you some practical help, yet you feel that you just can’t accept it? You feel uncomfortable or like you need to contribute something. And in one way or another, you decline it. Or accept it reluctantly. What is it about receiving grace that is so hard?...

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Too Busy to Stop

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When did this happen? When did I—when did we—get so busy that it became hard to sit for two minutes at a red light? The smallest moments of our day have become moments to get something done or escape....

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Good Intentions

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It’s 6:30 a.m. and my alarm is going off. I look at the clock, hit snooze and turn over in bed. How did I get here AGAIN? How did I miss another opportunity in the morning to spend time with God, reading his word?...

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How Long, O Lord?

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In the Psalms, we see that David often voiced his feelings as he endured suffering. I resonate with him because there have been seasons where I’ve experienced similar feelings: loneliness, spiritual despair, and fatigue from long periods of suffering....

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A Poem for Easter

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One of the great ironies of the Christian faith is that death is defeated by death. This great contradiction, sobering though it is, brings us hope that death is not the final word....

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Paul's Ambition, Our Vision

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Our prayer is that God would empower and equip each of our members to make disciples who make disciples. As we all engage in this mission, our dream is to see this kind of movement sweep across our community....

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Content and Thankful Hearts

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As we embark on this season of Thanksgiving, let’s reflect on why God desires us to be thankful people....

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