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Stretching hearts, shoveling snow and deepening values

  Life is busy. We have appointments, responsibilities, practices, projects, piano lessons and nap times.  So do I.  Especially the nap times. But today is the first day of Missions Week. And in the midst of the busyness of your … Continue reading

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Valentine, Ashes and Cigars

  Today is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. While the ashes of repentance on Ash Wednesday contrast with the sappy feelings of romance on Valentine’s Day, could there be more than meets the eye? Long before Valentine’s Day was … Continue reading

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Unity in Diversity (Genesis 2:18–25)

Sometimes we think that the universe would be easier if people were more like us. But God has designed the universe to flourish with diversity, and we cannot fulfill God’s purpose for our lives by ourselves. This week we begin … Continue reading

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Others Over Self

      Christ calls us to a cross not a couch. Yet often we want Christ to do for us, believing that Jesus came to make us comfortable. Yet God did not send his one and only Son to … Continue reading

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Ruling on Earth (Rev 5:1–10)

Imagine an Eskimo trying to describe a pineapple to those in his village after a trip to Hawaii. “Sweet yet juicy blubber” may be his best description.[1] Similarly, the glories of heaven can only be haltingly described by those who … Continue reading

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How do you become a Jedi when you cannot find a Yoda?

When I was younger, I looked for a Yoda to train me and become a Jedi in life. I wanted to be a great leader, Christian, man, pastor and even lift rocks by looking at them. Yet everybody that I … Continue reading

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Ruling as the Church (Ephesians 1:15–23)

What’s your greatest hope or dream?  Consider your future, your children, the nation, our church. Jesus is able to far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20). Your greatest hopes are far too small. Sometimes we … Continue reading

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