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May The Force...

01-03-16 May The Force

There are many differences between God, as the Bible describes Him, and the Force of Star Wars but there’s a line from Han Solo in the new movie that sums it up. One of the new characters talks about how he’s going to do something that seems impossible and Han asks him how. The young man says, “I’ll use the Force,” and runs off. Han yells after him, “That’s n...

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Prepare Him Room

As we kick off this Advent season, let us remember that "The real Christmas was nothing like the Christmas we’ve come to know, with its traditions, memories, and legends. It was a desperate moment that occurred for a desperate reason."...

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The attached article is something that I read recently pertaining to leaders serving in student ministry, but it is great reminder of the power and weight that our words carry....

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Home Alone

Just about every person knows someone who LOVES gadgets. Perhaps that person is you! Many of us have a love-hate relationship with technology. When it's working well, it can be so amazing; when it's not...what a headache!...

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Is there a place we are not prepared to journey in the quest for greater capacity?

"I wonder what you would consider is too high a price for your discipleship? Your marriage? Your children? Your parents approval? Your family’s acceptance? Your friend’s affirmation?"...

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Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders From a Canadian

This article written by Carey Nieuwhof of Connexus Church gives 5 helpful perspectives to remember as we begin to engage in a topic that has potential to become a fruitful dialogue....

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Honesty: A Big Thing That’s Built In Small Ways

Often, our actions speak louder than words and this article by Jon Acuff is a great reminder that "A strong foundation of honesty is built brick by brick"....

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A God Greater Than Google

When faced with some of life's toughest questions and in an age of information, where do we turn? "Do we believe God can tell us something Google can't?"...

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The Triumph of Joy

Easter announces, in the voice of the risen Christ, “Your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20) and “no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22)...

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Show Marvelous

As my role has temporarily expanded from worship to also encompass youth ministry, I have spent a bit of time thinking about one of the most awkward stages of life – middle school! When I look around at the middle school students at our church, I wonder what I could do differently to connect with them and help them feel grounded at Hope, even as they navigate this li...

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Your Kingdom Come

Christmas is here, the King has come... but what about the Kingdom? In the last couple weeks we have celebrated Christmas, the coming of Christ. In His coming we recognize as stated in Matthew 10:7 and Luke 10:9 that “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Why then, in Matthew 6:10, does Jesus instruct his disciples to pray that his kingdom come?Follow the link...

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Worship Is an Act of Reversal

As we have come through the season of Thanksgiving and now head into the Advent, I would like to encourage us to think about our worship. Is our love misguided, or are we appropriately directing our worship to God? Have you ever wondered why singing worship songs is part of our Sunday morning worship time? Is it just an old corporate tradition that has carried on?...

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When Science Trumps Faith:

Over the past few days I have been trying to keep tabs on the story of Brittany Maynard. Many are aware that this 29-year-old woman with brain cancer said she would end her life through physician-assisted suicide on November 1. Sadly she did....

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The Power of Empathy

Recently, I came across this short video on empathy. It served as an excellent reminder of the differences between empathy and sympathy. Watching this video convicted me how often my ministry with youth has often been sympathetic instead of empathetic. ...

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Serve Like Jesus

If you were given a multiple-choice test with this one question, how would you honestly answer it? “How would you describe your involvement in your local church?” A.) I don’t feel like I have much to offer. I feel unqualified. B.) I am hesitant to get involved because of past hurt. C.) I recognize the importance of serving and I feel I am ade...

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Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

Earlier this week I was reading a convicting article by Jason Todd in Christianity Today called “The Socially Acceptable Sin.” To summarize, the author talked about something that is a bit close to home than many of us care to admit �" gluttony. Thoughts of overeating are typically what come to mind. Gluttony encompasses much more than food for it is simpl...

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Thanksgivemas

Here we are, the week before Thanksgiving. I am certain that many of you are making last minutes plans with family or friends; ironing out the details of who is bringing what for the big meal. As we enter this wonderfully busy season we remember the countless number of things that we have to be thankful for....

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Caught in a Tension That Never Was Supposed to Exist

As a student at North Park University in Chicago I had several friends who gave up their Friday night to work with the homeless ministry. They would make bags of food that they would take downtown and give to the homeless. Other friends would serve with the after school program once a week to help tutor kids from Cabrini Green, a public housing project on Chicago's north s...

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Caught in a Tension that Was Never Supposed to Exist

As we find ourselves in the midst of God's great story of redemption we have an opportunity to be His ambassadors. In a perfect world we would only have the responsibilities of worshiping God and caring for his creation. But in a fallen world, humanity takes up the tasks of reconciliation, evangelism, social justice, and repairing the rift between humanity and its Creator....

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Walking a Fine Line

This bend toward individualism is an ongoing battle within every church, including ours. Are we going through the motions of "doing church" or are we committed to actively "be the body of Christ"? Do we forgo opportunities to be involved and serve? Do we have a tendency toward personal comfort and convenience or a commitment to foster authentic Christian community? Do ...

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New Year - New Ways

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in this New Year, consider marking time differently. Reconsider Pastor Corrie's sermon and take on the old spiritual practice of confession. James 5:16 says: "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."...

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Participation or Observation - Part I

Recently I was having conversation with a friend who was going to be participating in his first triathlon. It was one day before the big race. When I asked what he had done to prepare, he told me about his last 16 weeks of regimented training. He was intentional about what how he worked out, how he rested, what he ate, and when he slept. Every precaution that could be take...

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