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Stop Sawing- Please!

Here’s something I’m wondering about tonight. What is God’s greatest value/character/characteristic? Let’s assume you all went with the Sunday School answer and thought “love,” but even if you didn’t, you can still do this little thought experiment. Now the question is, “How do you know?” Here’s where I’m going with this- no matter what your answer[…]

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So This is Christmas…

Advent can be a particularly challenging season for church planters and pastors in younger churches. I remember the first few years of our church plant, Advent was a season of decreased attendance- most of the people in our church were younger and would either travel to be with family over the holidays or head to[…]

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Genesis Church Planter’s Training

There are just a few spots left for this year’s Genesis Church Planter’s Training. Here’s why you should attend: It is an entire week created to teach church planters about: theology and ecclesiology (why plant a church? what are we after in planting churches? how do we grow the hearts of people in our context?)  missiology (how[…]

Don’t Forget to Grieve

How should we approach Good Friday? I once attended a Good Friday service where the pastor encouraged us to look at Good Friday positively, to see the crucifixion through “Easter eyes.” To be honest, the bright lights and the upbeat music and mood felt to me like a missed opportunity. His intentions were good. He[…]

A Thought at The Beginning of Lent

Lent is an opportunity, not an obligation. While it’s true that God didn’t ask you to give up coffee, sweets or other Lenten-staples, but rather your whole life, often the process of surrendering a whole life begins simply and small: Giving up something that has become too central, too important. In other words, don’t think[…]

Busyness… or Gluttony?

(From the Archives) A paradox has emerged in this new millennium: people have enhanced quality of life, but at the same time they are adding to their stress levels by taking on more than they have resources to handle. It’s as though their eyes were bigger than their stomachs. – David Allen, Getting Things Done It’s[…]

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Yet, O Lord God, let me not rest content with such an ideal of manhood as men have known apart from Christ.  Rather let such a mind be in me as was in Him.  Let me not rest till I come to the stature of HIs own fullness.  Let me listen to Christ’s question: What[…]

Forgetting The Love Of God

‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practised, without neglecting the others.”– Luke 11:42-46 Jesus accused the Pharisees of forgetting, neglecting two things: justice and the love of God. In other words,[…]