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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The Church Advancing: A Heart for the Gospel

“What do you have a heart for?” That’s a phrase that can get thrown around quite a bit.  You might have a heart for music, sports, nutrition, gardening, traveling or any number of other things.  But as followers of Jesus, do we have a heart for the gospel? This past Sunday in...

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Church Ignited: Sanctification Empowered

What comes to your mind when you think about being empowered?  There’s probably a host of different items that may come racing into our minds, but how many of us would think to answer: myself.  Many, maybe even most of us may rarely think of ourselves in this way, and...

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