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Faith By Faithfulness

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Last night, I sat around with my community group sipping on some decaf coffee and half-listening to the conversation as my ear was partially attuned to my son dumping a whole box of building blocks onto the floor in the room around the corner. The discussion had centered around God's faithfulness to Abraham throughout his life, and the many promises proclaimed directly to ...

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Will You Go?

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Justin's question to the little Christians in the room stuck with me as I listened to the sermon Will you go? And if you choose to go, what motivates you? Certainty and control motivate me... So, saying yes to something that involves mystery, faith, trust, and risk...is just really hard for me. What motivates me to go when certainty is not promised and control is out of ...

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Where Are You Buried?

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One summer about 20 years ago, my family spent a couple of days on a genealogical pilgrimage. We visited the town in Quebec where my great great (...I don't remember how many greats) grandfather John Hinks and his wife Elsie settled after they immigrated from England. We traced their children to Powerscourt, Quebec, about a mile north of the US border, and found their name...

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Intersection of Sorrow and Hope

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I rememberso much in highschool and young adulthood thinking that I just needed to try harder if I loved God enough, I wouldn't be sinning so much. I knew that I was a *sinner* at my core. I understood that sanctification was a work of grace and that I was saved by faith alone, not by my works but somehow I felt such great pressure to be stronger in my faith and better in ...

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Remembering God's Goodness

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"Now theLordwas gracious to Sarah as he had said, and theLorddid for Sarah what he had promised.Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.Abraham gave the name Isaacto the son Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.' "After twenty-five years of waiting, God k...

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Swaddled

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A couple years ago I asked for a weighted blanket for Christmas. My counselor's office had one and every time I went there I would immediately grab it and place it on my lap. The heaviness of it gave me a sense of comfort and the barrier it placed between me and my counselor made me feel safe or at least less exposed. In his sermon on Sunday, Justin talked about all the ti...

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Christmas Offering: Hope for the City ABQ

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Over the past few weeks Pastor Justin has been sharing with us some exciting opportunities to expand our church's ministry, both inside and outside of our congregation, through this year's Christmas Offering. We've heard about ministry opportunities with Redeemer City to City in Monterrey, Mexico; expanding our benevolence as we grow our Mercy Ministry; broadening our City...

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Impossible Prayers: Relationships

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I used to live under the illusion that I was "good" at relationships. The brokenness that I heard and saw around me was always because of someone else's stupidity, ignorance, or brash words. I thought I was the sole peacemaker in the world: always fixing and never to blame. Ilovedpeople. Myjobwas to be relational and to be in community. Why wouldn't I be good at ...

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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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