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Doubt can propel our faith

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I talk about being a kid often because life and believing seemed so much simpler then. When I was a kid I had a friend. His name was Ho-Do. He was my best friend, and to me he was as real as any other person. However, for the rest of the world, they could not see him, hear him,...

Things I Can Do to Erase Conflict

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Practical Steps for Anger and Conflict Resolution: Focus on what I can do to correct it Strive to understand the other person’s perspective Encourage open discussion, allow both parties to express their feelings First admit that I am part of the problem Recognize I cannot do anything to change the other person (only Christ can) Unpack on my thoughts about the issue and examine them...

The Secret to Knowing Who You Are

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We live in a day-and-age where making our personal identity known is of great importance to us. Consider social media; we post all sorts of things as if it validates our mere existence, but all the while we struggle in the quietness of our hearts to identify who we are. At some point, all of us ask the age-old question,...

Christ’s Persistence with My Stubbornness

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Resistance is something Christ had to face often in His earthly ministry. From the Pharisees to the demons possessing people, He was familiar with having to confront the stubborn will of His adversaries. But how discouraging it must have been when He saw an attitude of resistance in His followers. It is expected for His opponents, both in this...

The Art of Being Godly [Sermon]

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Following Christ is not easy—it demands your life! If we don’t have a plan for keeping our life on track, we will quickly fall into patterns of laziness or desires that are less than Godly. In this message Josh give five specific ways to ensure we walk in God’s best plan for us each day.   Outline 6 ways to know you’re...

Society of Secrets

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We are a society of secrets We say things we do not mean We think things we do not say We are a society of secrets We wear honesty as a neck tie We act out lies that end up our noose We are a society of secrets We front load our words with kindness We back stab our friends with bitterness We are a society of secrets We...

Thanksgiving Is More Than a Holiday; it is a Way of Life!

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Thanksgiving. Depending on where you come from, you may have good memories and not-so-good memories of this time of year. It's the time here in the U.S. when we gather with family and friends to take a breath of gratitude. It makes me think of Psalm 100. Psalm 100 is given the title "A psalm of thanksgiving," which is interesting because there...

Brokenness Leads to Greatness (Isaiah 41 & 45)

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  Sometimes that it's hard to remember that in our brokenness God is leading us to his greatness. If God is for us, no one can stand against us. When we’ve set our lives right with God, He promises to be our sufficient Savior for whatever we face. No loss, pain, or trial is too big for Him to overcome....

Duke Student Refuses to Read Graphic Memoir by LGBTQ Author

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Freshman year can be awkward enough, but Brian Grasso wasn't afraid of awkward. The summer reading list came out for Duke students months ago. It was an optional reading list designed to create a common experience between the over 1,750 incoming freshmen. "Fun Home" was on the list. Amazon explains this book as a "groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir." The author tells...

Cutting to the Soul: A Manifesto to Not Follow Ms. Abramovic’s Example

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Sometimes you just gotta call things what they are. The sky is blue, the grass is green and Ms. Abramovic (Ah-BRAH-moe-vitch) is sick. Ms. Abramovic is a world renowned artist from Yugoslavia. This 60 year old woman’s portfolio of artistic accomplishments does not include any pieces that you would hang on your living room wall. Her art is perverse because...