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It‘s true we often suffer some great disappointments, some expectations or plans we might have not always materialized. We may even feel like God’s left us hanging and that an illness or injury has taken him away from us. But remember, He is faithful. And the real upside of this is if we remain faithful we will live eternally with Him someday. ...
Love isn’t just for Valentines Day -- it’s what gets me up everyday. Love isn’t just for that one special someone -- it’s for everyone. The chance to care for and encourage those around me is an honor. Measure all things in your life by the “Rule of Love”. What would God have you do? What does love require? What breaks your heart, and what one thing can you do to help?...
Truth be told, I am not an elite athlete. When I was in kindergarten, I flunked “skip” (not sure how my self-esteem survived that report card, but that is another story). While early on, I was too uncoordinated to skip, I did play baseball, soccer, real football, and basketball when I was growing up. However, I was never endowed with the physical gifts to become what I call an elite athlete. What I do know though, is that God equipped me with the gifts to enjoy those sports and become the best athlete I could ever be....
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 not how the Force works, kid!” That’s not how a personal, caring God works either....
The plans of man will always fail, but the plan of God has already won its battle. If Christians are to actually make an impact in the world then they must collectively turn to the truths found in scripture alone. They must become engulfed in the transformative power of God through His word provided in the bible......
Pastor Duane will preach through 2 Corinthians in this new 10-week series entitled "Be Encouraged!"...Keep Reading
September is rapidly approaching and that means fall kick-off for most of our ministries that rest over the summer, including Women of Hope. If you are interested in getting connected to God and other women, please read below. We've got some great things lined up!...Keep Reading
Iâ€™m glad to be home. In spite of triple digits and over 800 emails in my inbox, Iâ€™m glad to be home. Let me tell you why. Itâ€™s because of you, my church family, my friends and parishioners and co-laborers. You are why I longed to returnâ€¦The Body of Christâ€¦The Church of Jesus Christâ€¦my beloved....Keep Reading
The Missions Team conducted Vacation Bible School helping the staff at Living Water Bible Church in Dilkon. Many lessons were learned from this experienceâ€¦self-control, humility, forgiveness, restorationâ€¦and more....Keep Reading
This past summer, Mikey Dascoli and myself had the opportunity to take a number of our teenagers to the Student Led Youth Conference at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. The conference is filled with incredible worship, amazing speakers, and challenging activities. On one of the break-out sessions, Mikey and I attended a workshop led by Jonathan McKee. Jonathan is the pres...Keep Reading
Do you recall the zest for life you had as a kid? Remember the exhilaration of playing sports or learning music or reading a book? Remember how the world seemed so open and ripe for exploration? I do. I loved the endless summers, beach days, and pool parties. I lived for football, basketball and skateboarding. There were so many exciting things to explore......Keep Reading
â€œJust pray about it.â€ Weâ€™ve all probably been on the giving or receiving end of this bit of advice. Usually we hear it after we pour out a steaming hot mess of things like doubt, fear, confusion or anger. We take the risk of being vulnerable with a trusted friend or mentor. We expose the mess of our lives to someone we hope will listen, who may have s...Keep Reading
Thereâ€™s something new that has been bothering me lately. Everywhere I go these days I hear believers praying the word just. With this word Iâ€™d expect insignificant requests. Our prayer should flow out of our identity. There is no need for us to just ask for anything. Friends of Jesus should pray boldly, not weakly. Beloved children of God should pray intima...Keep Reading