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Crossing Taboo Lines

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This week, our 2 year old wild child ran around the dining room table, and shrieked and sang as Zach and I tried really hard to sit at the dinner table and focus in on our advent devotional. Eventually we somewhat successfully got through it. This week we talked about Salvation. After reading about Saul, someone who severely misinterpreted salvation, and the woman at the w...

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This Sunday: Christmas Offering and Impossible Prayer Requests

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This Sunday, we begin the process of collecting Christmas Offering gifts and pledges, as well as our Impossible Prayer Requests. Have you been thinking about what to give and what to ask? I have. I'm wrestling through what else we can afford to give, and what I am bold enough to ask for. I have a couple impossible requests for me and our family and and a few for our church...

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Praying the Impossible

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This Sunday as Justin started to reintroduce us to the heart behind the Impossible Prayer Requests, I felt my guard go up, for the fourth year in a row. As I mentioned in my write up for the advent devotional this year, the first two years I was so paralyzed with fear over asking and facing disappointment, I hid behind reason and judgement and bypassed participa...

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Christmas Offering: Redeemer City to City

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"As part of our Christmas Offering, we will be supporting Redeemer City to City in Monterrey, Mexico. Redeemer CTC is a ministry of Redeemer New York. It is a global church planting movement focusing on global cities throughout the world... This partnership will involve the possibility of ministry trips for City Pres and for the churches and pastors in Monterrey. It also...

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2018 Christmas Offering and Impossible Prayer Requests

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2018 Christmas Offering and Impossible Prayers December is fast approaching, and with it comes Advent and Christmas. As part of our liturgy (remember this term isn't just about church, but about all our worship. A liturgy is a practice that organizes our worship or points us towards what we give worth to, it's like an arrow that points at a b...

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#MakeAdventGreatAgain

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"Advent is a time of waiting and longing for the coming of Christ. We reflect on the centuries of waiting for the initial fulfillment of God’s promise to provide a savior, and we also long for the consummation of that promise when Christ returns to make all things new."...

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The Gospel of Sodom?

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"Like Lot, even the good things we do are tainted with sin. Like Lot, we don’t take God’s promised judgment seriously, and God saves us despite our own efforts and not because of them."...

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Lord, Thank You for Who You Are

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"He is the perfect intercessor, who doesn’t just ask God to find righteous people where there aren’t any, but makes people righteous so that God may relent from disaster."...

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Bitter Laughter

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"I am so familiar with this type of laughter, and I identify deeply with it. The kind of laughter that hints at constant heartache, hysteria, and frustration, so much to a point that all you have left to do is laugh. Where were you all of this time, God? Why have you waited by as I have suffered?"...

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Sermon Reflection: Genesis 16

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The question that rattled around in my head as I listened and reflected on Pastor Justin's sermon this week was "What promise?" Before I expand on that, let me take a few steps back to explain how I ended up where I am in my thinking. In this Series,The Gospel According to Abraham, we have returned to Genesis and have begun tracing the story of Abraham from his calling ou...

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