An Important Practice for Christians

One of the practices I believe is foundational to our faith is checking in on a regular basis to ask ourselves the question, “Am I treating others the way I want to be treated?” Today, I want to look at truth, honesty and integrity as it relates to the Golden Rule and I think there […]

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FEELING UNWORTHY?

I love the story of Gideon, it’s one of the great stories of the Bible. During this time, the Midianites (next door neighbors to the people of Israel) had grown strong and the people of Israel had grown weak.  After harvesting their wheat crops, the people of Israel took their grain to a hilltop and threw it […]

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Event time vs Clock Time

When I was in high school, one of my favorite bands was Chicago; they had a song, the words went like this,  “As I was walking down the street one day, a man came up to me and asked what time was on my watch and I said, does anybody really know what time it […]

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Unwrap your Gifts from God

I saw this video recently where children are talking about the true meaning of Christmas being the birth of Jesus. I love hearing these wise words spoken by children; children who understand the true meaning of Christmas! Even at such a young age, these children understand that Christmas is about so much more than just […]

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FOLLOW THE LIGHT

Matthew 2:1-12 tells us the story of the Magi or The Three Wise Men. I believe one reason Matthew wrote about this was to make a practical and very theological point to the early Christian church. During the time of the early church, Christians were being persecuted and it was a very difficult time. I […]

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What if Mary said No

I don’t think there’s anything sadder in life than to feel trapped in an unsatisfactory existence with no hope of changing. I’m sure everyone experiences this feeling at some point in life. It’s a very sad time to feel unhappy and question whether things will ever change. It can feel hopeless. The greatest thing we […]

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THE MIRACLE STORY

The real miracle story is not that Jesus came into the world 2,000 years ago, the miracle story we look at now is that He can be born in your hearts again today.  That God’s love draws near to touch your life in a personal way, that’s the miracle story.  No matter what you’ve done […]

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IT’S THE MOST “STRESS”FUL TIME OF THE YEAR

There’s some truth to this statement, isn’t there?! The Christmas season ushers in busy schedules, added commitments and nearly impossible to-do lists. If we’re not careful, we find ourselves feeling more stress than wonder! But, it doesn’t have to be that way! You and I get to choose. Just three things we can do to […]

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Joy no matter what

Don’t put the spirit’s fire out is a statement made by Paul in 1 Thesselonians 5:19-31.  It is the statement that when life is hard and we’ve been through difficult times, it is God’s Holy Spirit that comes to ignite that fire, that zest, that enthusiasm for living in our lives rather than letting us […]

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Justice or forgiveness?

We know God forgives us, but we have to also reach out and forgive one another, for if our hearts are full of anger and hatred, there will be no room for Christ. I’d like to share three ideas with you about forgiveness. First of all, if you want to start dealing with the anger […]

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