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Adopted into the Family of God, Pt. III - The Christian is Fearless

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear” - Romans 8:15a The problem with children is that ALL of them have a natural knack for sinning. We as parents have to teach and train them on what is right and how to do right, since they have the doing wrong thing down so well without our instruction. So my son, who is now four, has been di...

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Holiness not not equal morality

For many of my years in Christianity, I had a broken view of God's commandments to be holy. I confused "holy" with "get better", "act right", and "be good". As I begin to talk to others about the awakening that I have been having about what biblical holiness mean, it seems I am not alone. And when people begin to realize that they missed the bus on this one, they experi...

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Adopted into the Family God, Part II - Being Spirit Led

Part 1: Led by the Spirit 

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 For Paul, there are certain “impossibilities” for those who are adopted into the Family of God through Christ. For these who are saved by Christ, things like adultery and murder have no place in their redeemed life (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)....

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Adopted into the Family of God - Now What? Pt. 1

MORE THAN JUST SHARING A NAME. My wife and I have three kids of our own, and currently we have a foster child. To be a part of our family is much more than just sharing a last name. We treat our foster child the same way we treat our own children. He gets no different treatment. And in saying that, we have certain expectations for our children just like any other parent d...

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Why we're a missional church: John Bachleda's story

Today we lost a dear friend of the Remedy family. But in celebrating his life, it gives a picture of what church was always supposed to be about ...

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Why were the faceless internet cowards rejoicing over Driscoll's resignation

"Love does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 15:5-7)  I have been thinking through this text a lot since the resignation of Pastor Mark Dr...

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A Brother Has Fallen: The Resignation of Mark Driscoll

This week, the former leader of Acts 29 handed in his resignation. He was always a polarizing figure and depending on how you felt about him, there are people that are rejoicing over this fall and there are people that are really taken back and effected deeply. I wanted to share some of my feelings ...

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The Next Guy on Line

I recently posed a question to the small group I lead- what would Jesus do with all of the sick people in our church if He were here right now? As you search the Scriptures, the answer might surprise you. ...

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Are Church Mergers the Way of the Future?

Today we look at a topic that has drawn many opinions. In fact, some have very strong opinions, and if you are reading this, you are welcome to a strong opinion too. We are looking at a question that a lot of people are asking: are church mergers the way of the future, or are they a sign of a weakening church in our culture? ...

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The Church and Those Living in Chronic Pain in Their Midst

Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus healing people who lived with debilitating diseases. But, there were also times where He did not. So what's the deal? How do we know whether we should push people to look for a healing or to trust that His grace is sufficient for the thorn they struggle with? ...

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