Present Tense

We do not often think about how much freedom we gain by living in the now. What we know is that now holds the past, present, and future all-in-one. We find it easy to refer back to the past because we like to remind ourselves how far we’ve come and

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Sacrificing Freedom

Isaiah 39:5-8 “Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some

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2 Years and 40 Days

Christ did an amazing job of finishing well His time here on Earth. He knew He was on the clock and there was much to be accomplished in a short amount of time. Two years. Approximately two years was all He had. Two years to leave the greatest impression of love,

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A Legacy of Doubt

The Disciples: we’ve heard their names, we know there are 12, and we could even name a few of them from memory. They were a rare breed, dropping their fishing nets, etc. and following a radically different rabbi. We can assume they each lived with a bit of wild abandon

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Hello My Name Is

One of the first things Amanda (my wife) and I did when we found out she was pregnant for the first time, was go out and buy a “Baby Name Book”.  Looking back, it seems kind of weird.  After all we knew tons of names and you would think we

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What If Your Christmas Season Is Not-So-Merry?

As a pastor I hear so many heartbreaking stories about families that struggle during the holidays.  Many are due to years of bitterness and unresolved issues that have been left to fester and become toxic.  Some of you may be part of such a family.  You may be asking yourself, “how can we

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Love/Hate Relationship

Upcoming Sermon Series: “Love/Hate Relationship” November 16th – 30th We are accurate and truthful when we say with boldness, “God is Love”!  However, in the church I am afraid we have failed to remind this generation that while God is love, He also has the capacity to hate. He hates

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Your Last Nerve

“That person is getting on my last nerve.” Has that thought ever crossed your mind or your lip?  If not… you must live in cave and have no contact with other humans.  All of us interact with difficult people on a daily basis.  These interactions test our patience, faith and

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I Triple Dog Dare You

Triple-dog-dare…. An issued triple-dog-dare has no counteraction and must be implemented and/or carried out. Ever seen the movie “A Christmas Story”? Flick: Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb! Schwartz: That’s ’cause you know it’ll stick! Flick: You’re full of it! Schwartz: Oh yeah? Flick:

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What is a Spiritual Gift?

When we come to 1 Corinthians 12-14 we see that Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthian Church had a proper understanding about spiritual gifts. The church at Corinth desperately needed instruction on this topic, and so do we. Notice verse 1 of chapter 12: “Now about spiritual gifts,

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