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What is Christmas All About? [Online video service]

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We recorded this video to be watched on December 25th, or anytime Christmas week. We hope you will enjoy joining us for this special service! Message Notes: Christmas Morning Joy I bet that if each of us shared a memorable Christmas morning of our childhood, most of us would mention a toy we received. We’d ooze with the joy that came...

The Most Important Question I Ask Before a Meeting

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The very nature of my position of leadership in the church demands that I spend a lot of time in meetings. "Meetings are toxic," wrote Fried and Hansson in their book, "Rework," and for the most part I tend to agree. However, meetings are a necessary evil in many of our organizations, so we must use them wisely or...

4 Main Types of Life Trials

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"Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it ... We have become numb to this." President Obama said this statement Thursday night after the shooting in Oregon. Once again lives of innocent students were taken from us—all of which where young...

Is Donald Trump a Christian?

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The Bible never said that we should keep our faith "personal" and to yourself. Donald Trump is doing just that, I wish he would stop. Trump claims to be a Christian and part of the Presbyterian Church. He has said that he is "very proud" of his faith. He also stated, "Believe me, if I run and I win, I...

Teens and Texting

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It seems like more and more parents are struggling with their teen’s addiction to texting. Perhaps you’ve gotten the monthly cell phone bill only to find that thousands of text messages were sent from you teen’s phone. Don’t worry; this is not as tragic as you think! First, understand that this technologically infiltrated generation is being trained to communicate in...

Is “The Gospel” Just a Vintage Throwback Term We Are Trying to Make Cool Again?

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Vintage. There is something about things that are vintage – relics of the past – that cause a certain amount of hype within each passing generation. For people my age, we like things that remind us if Mr. Rogers, 80’s music through a boombox, Gumby, Mario Bros., The Smurfs, and New Kids on the Block. Major companies and sports teams...

Preaching to Apease?

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Phillips Brooks, in his Lectures on Preaching, said a powerful statement that should be tattooed on the minds of all those who approach the pulit: “If you are afraid of men and a slave to their opinions, go and do something else. Go and make shoes to fit them. Go even and paint pictures which you know are bad but...

Am I Overprotecting My Son?

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It was one of those moments when I thought I might have crossed the line from “Responsible father” to “What was I thinking?” It was Chandler’s first day skiing the real slopes. No more bunny hill. No more magic carpet. It was time for the real thing. Not only was it Chandler’s first day, but it was mine as well....

You Can’t Just Preach Away the Problem

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Many pastors think that if you preach at a problem that will fix it. I was one of those pastors (perhaps I still am at times). If you preach often, I am sure you can identify with me - you see a problem in the church, so you plan a sermon to preach at the problem, sure that in the...

The Blessing of Loneliness

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Sometimes God calls us to take steps we’d rather not. Sometime He moves our stiff legs to bend in the exact way He desires, and we would otherwise despise. The bending hurts. The new foot placement is uncomfortable. The straining position between where He wants me to go and where I want to be causes an anxiousness that at moments...

God-Dependant Boldness

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My brother said to me recently, “Don’t be afraid to try something you are not ready for, because it will most certainly grow your dependence upon God.” He was right – comfort can often lead to stagnant faith. Time and again the Bible tells stories of men and women who had to try something that stretched them in order to...

Lest We Forget God’s Love

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Over the last decade, I have become increasingly aware of God’s supremacy in all things. Through study, conversation, circumstance, and spiritual maturation, the sovereign rule and reign of Christ as Savior and Lord has propelled me to a loftier view of God. This is not wrong; however, this paradigm shift has caused my view of God’s love and the...