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The Heart of the Commander: "Love your neighbor" NOT "try to fix your neighbor"

In yesterday’s sermon, Pastor Duane asked a vital, if not the pinnacle question for all followers of Jesus: what does love require of me? Recently, several in our congregation shared with me their troubling circumstances. All of them came to me with of a sense of disappointment in the response of trusted friends and family. ...

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Living Hope - New Sermon Series

Here’s a principle we need to keep in mind: What you don’t understand, you fear. What you fear, you oppose. What you oppose, you attack. ...

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Practical Spirituality: Reality and Truth

The first step to building belief and faith is to separate fact from fiction. Believing in something doesn't make it so. Believing in the realities that God built into the universe, on the other hand, leads to strong, effective faith. Truth is our firm foundation. ...

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Practical Spirituality: One Thing Led to Another

Life’s big moments rarely come from a single factor, but from a chain of small, contributing factors. God provides us with the “secrets”, the seeds that lead to blessings, not tragedies. Read more… ...

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Holy, Holy, Holy

God is holy. We are told to be holy, too. But wait! How can we be holy like God? What does that word -- holy -- mean, anyway? Today, we peek beyond the traditional definitions to the root meaning that ties and relates them. Yes, we can be holy like God, but not the way we always assumed. ...

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Disciples or Duplicates

Jesus calls us to be disciples, not the poorly-defined term “Christians”. But there’s a popular notion that has sprung up in mainstream churches that confuses many disciples. It’s “Christlike”. Read more. ...

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Practical Spiritually: The Transforming Power of Worship

Worship is more than songs and prayers and sermons (and even announcements!). It's about celebrating the worth and value of the One we worship. It's God's gift to you and me. Worship transforms us in a way that little else can. ...

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Practical Spirituality : The Purpose of Authority

Many are naturally suspicious of authority and have the scars to prove why. But authority is a fundamental principle of the physical and spiritual universe. Sometimes we follow it, sometimes we exercise it. Healthy authority begins with the fifth of God's Ten Commandments -- "Honor your father and your mother". ...

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Fighting a Battle Long Since Finished

What's worse than spending your life struggling in hardship and pain? The answer: When the struggle is completely unnecessary. Wasted tears and sacrifices are the bitterest. Let's fight the battles God intends for us and completely bypass those he has already handled himself. ...

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The Joy of Hilarious Giving

There are two ways to give gifts. Chances are you’ve tried them both. Could it be that we Christians are missing a wonderful opportunity to express our love to God? God is call us to joyful, sacrificial, hilarious giving. Jesus is our inspiration. ...

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You Lost Me: Addressing the Church's Dropout Problem

The church in America has a “dropout problem.” We all see it. Young people, particularly after high school, are ditching church. Droves of the Mosaic (or Millennial) generation are checking out and abandoning the faith....

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The Weight of Things Said and Unsaid

One thing is always true about using words wisely - it’s never easy. All the more reason to make space for silence and loooong pauses. Read Pastor Corrie's article to consider the weight, risks and cost of our words. ...

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