Persistent Love: Return to Me

I’ll admit, the last few weeks in Malachi have been blunt and really in our faces in some areas.  Yet in the midst of that, God continues to appeal to His people to respond first and foremost to His grace and compassion.  Notice what we saw in Malachi 3 this...

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Persistent Love: When Fear Fades

When’s the last time you stood in awe of something?  When’s the last time you’ve been completely captivated in such a way that you are oblivious to what is going on around you?  Maybe you think of standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, falling deeply in love, or...

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Persistent Love

This past weekend we began our study in the book of Malachi.  If you’ve read through the book (if you haven’t done so yet, I’d encourage you to do so) it may seem harsh.  But that’s why these first few verses were so important, to emphasize the fact that God’s...

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Church Maturing: Mission Accomplished

While we typically take this time to look back and reflect on the previous text from Sunday, I’d like to have us look ahead to tomorrow.  Tomorrowis the National Day of Prayer.  Truthfully, everyday should be a day of prayer, but tomorrow is a day that as a nation we have set aside to...

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The Church Maturing: Focused Mission

Reflecting back to this past Sunday, two questions kept swirling around in my head. What’s our mission? Am I accomplishing it? Now you can’t even begin to answer the second question unless there is clarity to the first one.  As believers, our mission is bring glory to Jesus.  There’s a myriad...

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The Church Maturing: A Maturing Church

Recently Becky and I came across some older photos and videos of our kids.  We laughed and reminisced about their younger years.  We laughed at their very simple speech, chubby cheeks, and their waddling around in diapers.  It was cute then, but it would be disturbing and creepy if it...

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The Church Advancing: A Mind for the Gospel

I’m sure this will shock you (it’s hard to rightly express thick sarcasm in print), but I spent a significant amount of my childhood speaking without thinking.  There was one time in 6th grade where I had said something obnoxious to one of my teachers, and she told me, “Get a...

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The Church Advancing: A Body for the Gospel

On Paul’s second missionary journey we see the engagement of the head, heart and body with respect to the gospel.  In Acts 16, the engagement is physical.  There were two primary elements that we addressed on Sunday: Flexible in Circumstances: No doubt what unfolded in Philippi wasn’t what these guys had...

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