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The Gospel and the City

If you want to change culture, you have to be immersed in culture. If you want to change the city and reach people in the city, you have to be in the city.  One of my desires as a follower of Jesus is to see the gospel take root in the communities around me. I…

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Disciples, Not Consumers

A common question I ask when I think about doing a task, or joining something is, “what can I get out of this?” Signing up for the gym gets me a healthier lifestyle and gets me on the road to a better physique, while accepting “this” or “that” job gets me more experience and exposure.…

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Great Commission

And Jesus came and said to them,  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And…

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Joy To the World

This time of year seems to bring the word “joy” to mind more than any other time of the year. It is, after all, a joyful season. We find great joy in being able to spend time with friends and family. We enjoy many good meals together with those we love, and we enjoy giving…

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Share Your Journey

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,    and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another,    and shall declare your mighty acts.On the glorious splendor of your majesty,    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,    and I will declare your greatness.They shall pour forth the fame of…

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Entrusted With the Gospel

Some months back I was pouring through 1 Thessalonians again. I had not gotten far when the Holy Spirit gave me pause at Chapter 2:3-4. Paul, describing his appeal to the Thessalonians, says “For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved…

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Motivations

Last week, I read the book The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. In it, our unnamed narrator leaves Hell (named Grey Town) and enters into Heaven with a few other spirits alongside him. Each spirit is encountered by someone living inside of Heaven, and they attempt to bring their lost friends “into the mountains”…

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Pneuma: God the Spirit

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”  Joel 2:28-29…

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Why Habakkuk?

“Why in the world would you preach Habakkuk?” This question came to mind as Nate Stevens, our Discipleship Director, and I were brainstorming series ideas late 2021. He mentioned Habakkuk and I initially wrinkled my nose at the proposition, which then drove me to conclude that we must preach through it. Habakkuk deals with an…

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The Widow and I

My favorite parable from Jesus is the one about the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. Take thirty seconds (seriously, it’s only eight verses) and read it. In this parable, we see a widow knocking on the door of an unrighteous judge pleading for justice. The judge eventually gives in to what she asks for because…

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