Church on a Mission: Ministry Necessity

On Sunday as we continued in our sermon series Church on a Mission, we saw the aspect of Ministry Necessity. It was in Ephesians 4 where we saw Paul expound on the necessity of ministry in our lives. I’d like to focus our attention around just two of the points...

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Church on a Mission: Missions Sunday

This past Sunday was such a great time hearing from many of our missionaries about the various ways that God is moving.  It was both encouraging and challenging at the same time. Encouraging: to be reminded that God is at work.  That regardless of what we may see or perceive, the gates...

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The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Jesus told the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt (v. 9).”  This verse is important because it reveals the basic reason why Jesus told the parable: to address the self-righteousness of...

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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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