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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…

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King of the World

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas So who am I to try to take the lead Still I run ahead and think I’m strong enough When you’re the one who made me from the dust -Natalie Grant, “King of the World” We tend to believe we…

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Who’s Your One?

As I was riding my bike on the Silver Comet trail a couple of months ago, I noticed two men in a parking lot. As I passed by them, I could hear God urging me to turn around to talk to them. I can partly blame my wife for this. She had…

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Part of a Bigger Story

As believers, we all have a story to tell. Each life is unique, yet it is part of a much bigger story called God’s story. For some reason, though, we don’t tell our stories. Maybe we believe our lives just aren’t that interesting. Maybe we feel as if we are…

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From Horror to Hope

In the days of Jesus, the cross was considered vulgar, crude, horrific, and was a visual sign of excruciating pain.  It was the place where hardened, no-good slaves were put to death. The cross was something to be seen; it was a public affair, but it was not to be talked…

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Learning the Lord’s Prayer

Last Sunday, our first graders in both the Lower Roswell and North campuses showed that they had passed a milestone by leading the congregation in The Lord’s Prayer. These special moments were captured on video and in photos. See the photos here » Main Campus North Campus North Campus video…

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Why Sacraments?

The phrase “means of grace” is a general way of seeking to capture all of the ways God has appointed to convey His grace to men and women. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the best examples of this. Jesus instituted these two public, visible “signs” as practices as a way of marking…

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Grits and Grins Galore

We had good times at the Mt. Bethel North Campus for the Grits and Grins Festival this past Sunday afternoon! Around 150 grits lovers enjoyed fellowship, fun games, great food, and costumes galore. Musical entertainment was courtesy of the Paces Mountain Band. Many thanks to all who helped to make it…

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FaithWorks: Faith Only Works When You Work It

See sermons in this series | Get sermon discussion notes PART FIVE: CONFESS OR DENY “Open confession is good for the soul.” – A Scottish Proverb. Confession has been a part of the religious community for centuries. In the Christian community, confession has been almost minimized. As long as we…

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A Sweet Smelling Aroma

The picture you see here is a an image of “a sweet smelling aroma.” These are kids participating in worship at Mt. Bethel North. These children have the opportunity to sing, draw worship art, give offering, take up offering, and serve by reading Psalms in the service. This participation in worship is a sweet…

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Hear My Story: Bonnie Hyde

I was brought up to believe in God, although not in a church going family.  On my own, I would do church things with my friends. While I was in college, my brother died, losing his battle with leukemia. He had become very close to a chaplain that worked at…

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Where is Your Life Journey Taking You?

Week One: Where is Your Life Journey Taking You? You’ve heard this before: Life is a Journey. However, have you ever thought about your destination? Have you ever thought about how you’re getting there? If you don’t know your destination, then you might end up at a place where you…

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Hear My Story

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible contains what we know to be God’s story. But God’s story doesn’t end when John the Revelator says “Amen” at the end of Revelation (Rev. 22:21). God’s story continues to unfold through our lives. As believers, our story is just a part of a…

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The Seven Deadly Sins

If you want to make people feel uncomfortable just bring up “The S word.” And no, I’m not talking about sex; people are very comfortable with that term. Sex is all over TV, radio, the internet, and billboards. “The S word” I am referring to is sin. Instead of using…

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My Son Belongs with Me in Church

It happened again yesterday. We went to church at North Campus in the morning, and my six year old son, Drew, sat in his seat seemingly distracted by whatever “quiet” toy we brought with us as the praise band played worship music, as we heard a Psalm read, and as…

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Life Unfolded

I was having a conversation with a young lady and we were talking about childhood memories.  We were discussing some of the funny things and cool things that happened to us as children.  Then she told me this story.  She grew up in a neighborhood that consisted of mainly boys.…

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Engaged

It is fun to hear engagement stories and to hear how couples decide to unite together. There is typically a period of engagement before they exchange rings or tie the knot. During this engagement period, the couple is specifically spending time together in order to get to know each other…

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Life Revealed

John 1:1-18 To really and truly live “life” is something every person desires. You would have to agree that our nation and our world are looking for a way to live in the midst of all the conflict that we are facing. All the terrorist attacks that have taken place…

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Impressed is Not Enough

Luke 23:44-24:12 There was a wise and brave Indian chief who was standing out on the edge of his camp with his youngest son talking about life. It was a great father and son moment. The young son turned to his father and asked this question, “Oh wise father, please…

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A Parade Story

Luke 19:28-44 I want to tell a story, and I want you to be one of the chief characters. I want you to pretend for just a moment, or use your imagination, and take yourself to Jerusalem. Find yourself standing right in the center of the city. It is time…

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