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What Does it Mean to Be Holy?

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As an experiment, the great scientist Isaac Newton stared at the image of the sun reflected in a mirror. The brightness burned into his retina, and as a result, he suffered temporary blindness. Even after he hid for three days behind closed shutters the bright spot would not fade from his vision. "I used all means to divert my...

My Farmer’s Footprints

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A commercial was playing on the radio as I turned the corner into my office parking lot. I was rather tuned out until the voice in the 30-second spot said, "There is nothing better to have on these fields than the farmer's footprint." The commercial was about organic vegetables, tenderly cared for and grown to supply our local Safeway supermarket....

What is the Gospel? (Colossians 1:1-14)

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/joshweidmann/2015.06.28-Colossians-Josh-Weidmann.mp3 (audio only available for this message) As the letter to Colossians begins, Paul gives thanks to God for the faith, love, and hope they have in Jesus. He established that the Gospel is the means by which we can keep our stamina in a world full of spiritual distractions. In this message the Gospel of Jesus Christ is defined and...

Living Boldly No Matter Your Age – 1 Timothy 4:12

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Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 ESV) As a young pastor (often leading people older than me), I struggle with the truth of this passage. I don't struggle with it's truthfulness, I struggle with my own insecurities. When the Apostle...

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...

Every Christian Should Think about Being a Counselor

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I never thought I was a counselor... never. Though I love working with people, sitting with a person to "counsel" them was never on my radar. I wanted to be a preacher, pastor, even a barista, but not a counselor. Little did I know that counseling was a part of all those jobs. As long as I was a living...

Israel Tour 2015 Update One

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Today we are in the Galilee region staying in the city of Tiberius. We started our time here by having a night out on the town (we arrived late) and grabbing some good coffee at a local shop. The next morning everyone awoke to see the Sea of Galilee out their window with the sun rising and declaring the...

If You Want to Waste Your Life, Seek the Honor of Men

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Let's be brutally honest for a second: We are all more interested in serving ourselves than serving others. At the core of who we there is a desire for selfish self-preservation rather than selfless-service to others. But with that honesty, another confession another quickly follows: there is nothing more wearisome than trying to serve ourselves. We push and pull to...

Help My Unbelief! Practical Prayers to Help Your Doubt in God

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I KNEW EXACTLY HOW SHE FELT. I was sitting in the chapel service at my college as another student was on stage sharing with the student body. “I sat in the hall and cried,” she timidly stated. “The other students just stepped around me. I felt so alone. I was there with my head between my knees; my tears flooded...

How to Avoid Hating Your Job [Podcast]

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From preachers to construction workers, we all have moments where we hate our job, but the single most important job as Christians is the one where we do His work. Being a follower of Christ is a spiritual commitment, one that requires discipline, loyalty, and an eagerness to please God. What does it mean to “please God” and how...