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Hanging By a Thread

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The last 24 hours have seemed as if my entire world was falling apart. Have you had those days where you’re sure if someone else asks something of you, you just might lose you ever-loving mind? Have you been so stressed your teeth hurt? Has all food ever lost its appeal, primarily because you don’t even have time to eat,...

Are You Underestimating What God Can Do in Your Life? [sermon]

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ acknowledges both the validity of our felt needs and the supremacy of God’s purposes. Because the Gospel is predicated on the trustworthiness of God to accomplish His ultimate good in and through us, there are times where our needs will appear to be subordinated to God’s plan. In these instances, we can be assured...

Q&A with Josh Weidmann and Gino Geraci

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We all have questions about faith, Christianity, and the Bible. The things we wonder about can be used to prompt greater faith or give way to greater doubt. Gino Geraci has served as a pastor, chaplain, and radio answer man for the last 20 years. I invited him to come to Grace Chapel to field questions of any sort. We...

How to Share Your Heart and Still be Heard

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Recently I've had to have some conversations with people that have been hard - to say the least. Truth has had to be spoken, otherwise it would have left a gap in integrity or shared love. I do not like conflict, I'd rather run a marathon than face conflict (and that's saying a lot, because I really hate to run)....

Learning to Trust God to Keep His Word

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There is a storm that envelops all storms  No matter the crisis we find ourselves in, God has His eyes on us. He has wrath toward us because of our own disobedience and sin. Yet, he is also compassionate and our hope. He will uphold His grace and mercy as He upholds his justice and wrath. I've been studying what it...

A Warning Message for Pride (Acts 12:2-24)

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Augustine said, "Pride is the mother that gives birth to all other sins." If we do not keep our pride in check, we will find ourselves opposing God and trying to take His position. By looking at the life of Herod, we can have the firm warning from the Lord that he will oppose the proud. Yet, in verse...

Why Is It That Life Feels Fuller in Quarantine?

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Life in quarantine has me feeling busier than I have felt been in any months previously. Even though so many places and events are shut down and taken away from us, my schedule still is overflowing. Our office staff isn't even working together in the same place. Our programs are not hosting events at the church because we cannot gather anyone...

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...

4 Ways to Make Your Time With God More Effective

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We all have a desire to leave our mark on this world. We want to our life to count for more than just taking up space on earth. We want families to love us, our friends to be impacted by a heritage and us to be left after our last breath. I'll never forget one of the greatest quotes I...

The Perils of Being a Perfectionist

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I am a perfectionist with an imperfect life.  Since I was a child, I have desired to do many things perfectly, at least according to my standards. This is not true in all areas of my life. This is only true in the areas I care about the most; writing is one of those areas. When I write, I long...

What Did Jesus Mean in John 8:7, “If you are without sin throw the first stone”?

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What did Jesus mean in John 8:7? Sermon Summary: It is easy to point out everyone else’s sin and forget that we have our own glaring weaknesses. God’s grace is sufficient for us, no matter what we have done. In the beginning of John 8 we see the character of Christ toward sinners who break the commands of God and the...

Life Balance is a Myth

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 This is a guest post from Brian Davis Several years ago, I was seeing a counselor in an effort to work through a bevy of issues in my head, not the least of which was how to "balance my ministry, my home life, and everything else I had going on." My counselor's words shocked me: “The idea of a balance is...