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Noah on the Big Screen

Last night was date night. Kelly and I dropped off the girls with the brave and courageous Williams family. Then it was onward to dinner and a movie. Thankfully, both were great. The movie was Noah, a new blockbuster movie about the biblical flood story. The film is exciting, interesting, question-inducing, and at times, even biblical. However, it's far cry from the Sun...

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Critical Decisions to Make NOW

I saw it far too often as a chaplain â€" a person in an unexpected health crisis who could not speak for herself, had no recorded wishes and who had never discussed with her loved ones what she would want done if she were incapacitated. ...

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Two Kinds of Churches

As I look out over the church landscape in America, I see two types of churches: those that are changing and those that are dying. That’s it. It’s change or die. ...

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4 Things Jesus Never Said

In the history of human kind, few people have been as widely quoted as Jesus. Which also means few have been misquoted as often as Jesus. I don’t mean we quote verses incorrectly; rather we associate thoughts, opinions, words and phrases with Jesus and the Bible that actually may not be there....

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Spring Forward

I know here in Arizona we don't do daylight savings time, but I want to encourage you to Spring Forward this week anyway! I don't mean change your clocks, I mean try something new! Step out in faith and see what God can do! As God makes all things new this spring, I know He has a plan for you! Maybe make a list of your top 5 goals and then ask God to give you a clear path....

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Deacons at Hope

In January, we commissioned our first group of deacons at Hope Covenant. In case you missed the service that day, I want to introduce you to the role and responsibilities of deacons and the people we have appointed to serve our congregation....

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How Can You Change?

In this week's article we are continuing our focus with the theme of our new sermon series, God's Transforming Power. According to N.T. Wright, after we believe in Jesus, God calls each of us to be "transformed" in this life, to cooperate with the Spirit and change our character. Here is Wright, in an article he wrote for Relevant Magazine, called What To Do After You Beli...

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Paul Wilson Nominated to be PSWC Superintendent

Paul Wilson, pastor of First Covenant Church in Oakland, California, has been nominated to be the new Pacific Southwest Conference superintendent. The election will be held at the PSWC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, on April 26....

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The Battle to Remind

I think we often underestimate the power of remembering. Think of how important it is for parents to remember and celebrate a child’s birthday or how important it is to remember your anniversary. Remembering is important. It’s essential for performing well and preparing your mind for excellence....

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God's Transforming Power - New Sermon Series

What does it mean to have our lives transformed by God’s power? Is it possible? Can we experience transformation in our world in 2014?...

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