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None Like Him

Recently in choir, we were rehearsing the anthem, “The Lord is My Salvation,” and the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal came to my mind. Now, I had some of the details mixed up. The song is about salvation, and that purchase on the cross was made long after the prophet Elijah lived and…

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Three Lessons I Learned from My Media Fast

In 2018 I went through The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith with a small group at Mt. Bethel. This book is the first of a trilogy that has been called a curriculum to Christlikeness. At the end of each of the chapters is a “soul-training” exercise that helps group members put into…

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Who Is Leading You?

A quick search on Amazon shows that there are over 10,000 books on leadership. They come at the subject from a wide variety of angles: serve to lead, humble, hungry, hustle, be fearless, set goals, win friends, influence people. In general, these books all assume one thing: that we should all want to be the…

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O Come to the Altar

Are you hurting and broken within, overwhelmed by the weight of your sin? Jesus is calling. Have you come to the end of yourself? Do you thirst for a drink from the well? Jesus is calling. Leave behind your regrets and mistakes. Come today, there’s no reason to wait.Jesus is calling. Bring your sorrows and trade…

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Are You Following Jesus’ Call?

Jesus emphatically calls His people to make disciples. Simply put, a disciple is a follower of Jesus who chooses daily to love Christ with their life and become more like Him. Mark 3:14 details what disciples of Jesus do: “And he appointed twelve . . . so that they might be with him, learn and he…

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Finding God’s Grace in the Chaos of Parenting

Sticker book: ✔ Drawing paper: ✔ Crayons: ✔ Cheerios: ✔ Diapers and Wipes: ✔ This was the mental checklist we ticked through every Saturday night–or, if we’re honest, every Sunday morning–before loading up and heading to church. We threw anything and everything we could into the “church bag” in hopes that it would keep the…

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Sermon Preview: Speaking Life Into Others

When Jesus was teaching how to pray in Matthew 6, He emphasized the necessity of forgiveness, punctuating the lesson with these words from verses 14 and 15: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your…

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Setting Priorities Gives Life

The other day I read a very interesting story about George Raveling, basketball coach at the University of Southern California. Before car accident injuries forced his retirement, George was known for what he did off the court as well as what he did on the court. Once, when his team traveled to Atlanta, Raveling took his…

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