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Marriage not Merger

In coming together as two separate churches from two different backgrounds, and becoming one family, language matters. When we take greater care to have our language and imagery be grounded in Scripture, it is easier to make a direct connection to God's Wisdom (what James refers to as "Wisdom from above (James 3:17)" rather than leaning on the wisdom of man and "hoping" G...

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Job, Trials & the 2016 Blizzard

So we just got dumped with a huge amount of snow. Our church gathering is cancelled. I love my church family, and this is only the third or fourth time in our church’s five-year history that we’ve cancelled our services. So, in lieu of the church gathering this morning, I figured a little devotional will aide in worshipping within the snowed-in walls of your ho...

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Life After Christmas: Why Can It Be So Depressing?

     We all desire the “good life.” We have an ideal of what that means, and it may vary from family to family. I’m not speaking of an utopian ideal of life in this world, but rather that hidden-cognitive desire of how you would live out your days if all things were “right.” Within our western world we’re trained to think ...

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Why I love teaching about Jesus from the Old Testament

This year, we did something a little bit different and we did a series called "Christmas in Genesis". Entering the series, we wondered if we would have enough to do a whole series on just the Christmas related material in Genesis. Finishing the series makes me wish we had another month because there is so much more Treasure to dig for ...

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The Scepter Shall Not Depart From Judah

Isis, inflation, mass gun violence, political debates, economic hardship, health issues...Yikes! Has this world been left to it's own devices or is their still a sovereign God who is in control? And if He is in control, can we be sure that He is good? ...

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Falling for Cheap Joy

Too often we fall for cheap joy. It's a substitute for the longing of real desires deep within us, and we allow it to be temporarily satisfied by a deficient substitute. Cheap joy often comes wrapped with a bow during the Christmas season. It's the flashing of the Christmas lights, the poorly made Christmas movies, and the once-a-year sales you can't find in any other time...

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Hope is Greater Than Suffering

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, ...

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Everyone's Call to Make Disciples

So, last week we looked at the fact that there is not supposed to be a Senior Pastor Super-Man who stands before the body, possessing all the gifts, and being the one in charge of all things "churchy". It's an interesting sermon, because everyone loves to give a "Ra-Ra", down with the single pastor, guy who calls all the shots, mentality. But there is a flip side to this...

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Upcoming Oregon Church Planting Conference

This weekend, Pastor Eric from Remedy is going to be speaking at a small church planting conference hosting by a sister church in our network from Oregon. This is a little bit about why we think its a good thing to go cross country to talk to people about planting churches, and what we hope to achieve from it. ...

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Visionary Dads: Men, What Is Your Vision For Your Family?

"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives…"...

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