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Here’s What I’m NOT Giving Up For Lent

Here’s what I’m NOT giving up for Lent I’ve frequently observed the traditional giving something up each year during Lent as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for me. Common thing I hear as suggestions from others social media, excess TV watching, swearing, pop, and of course sweets. These days it seems lots of people just end up using Lent as a reason to diet, which can be frustrating (not the point)! Although, if Jesus is the motivation you need to…

Upside Down Love Like Jesus

Upside Down Love Like Jesus   No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.  In this year’s Lenten series, we’re going to investigate the radical upside-down way that Jesus has called us to love Him and others. LOVE LIKE JESUS Feb. 4th – Forgiving (whether we want to or not!) Feb. 11th – Pastor Kathy Smith introduces us to a Foot-Washing God And then on the 18th we’ll transition…

Celebration Words

Some have asked to have me supply the poems that we used during Bruce Stuart’s funeral service on Tuesday, LOVE AND GO ON You can shed tears that he is gone or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him or you can be full of the love you…

Become an Overcomer!!

Become an Overcomer Our next series, which starts January 7 is called, “Overcomer”! The Bible says a lot about being an overcomer. In the book of Revelation, Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials: Revelation 2:26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, Revelation 3:21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat…

Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. In 2017, Christmas falls on a Monday, and Christmas Eve on Sunday night. Thus, in 2017 Advent begins Sunday, December 3, and ends the morning of Sunday, December 24 three weeks plus a portion of an additional day.  Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming.” It is a season to prepare for the coming of Christ in various meanings: the promised…

Avoid the Block

“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) Why does God want us to live at peace with everyone? Because unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life. First, it blocks your fellowship with God. When you’re out of whack with others, you can’t be in harmony with God. When you’re distracted, when you’re in conflict with other people, you cannot have a clear…

SOW it uP

An article I read recently likened a church’s visioning process to the story of sowing and reaping found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8: Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you…

Lakewood – The New Cool

Lakewood Church – The New Cool Pastor Carey Nieuwhof wrote a piece on the church thinking it needs to be “cool” to attract the younger generation. All around us is a rapidly changing culture, and when we ignore that culture, it’s not wise. It is still a great idea to use the culture to reach the culture, but you have to go beyond that. But being cool isn’t what it used to be… Cutting-edge keeps changing…fast. Constant connectivity online has sped…
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