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Control in the Chaos?

control in the chaos_

"If anything, the world of 2020 proves to us again and again that we are a fallen mankind in a broken world desperate for the presence of God in our midst as He was in the Garden of Eden. He walked among Adam and Eve, He conversed with them and walked with them. He taught and instructed and communed with them. This is our hope. We hear the groans of the world around us dai...

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Beauty in the Mess

beauty in the mess

"What I challenge you with, though, is to look at this season in the bigger picture, as a part of God’s story. We might not know what the future will look like and how this season will ultimately shape us as individuals and the world collectively, but we can hold on to the hope that this wasn’t a mistake and that God is using this season to show us more of Himself." ...

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The Big Story

the big story

“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has ...

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Another Brother

another brother

"Friends, we are citizens of that Kingdom of heaven right now. We are not saved by the outcome of this election or a particular party; but by the eternal lion of the tribe of Judah. While awaiting our heavenly homecoming, we are now pilgrims and sojourners in this world. We don’t hasten the coming of our ideal political kingdom. Instead, we live quietly and mind our own ...

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Breaking Down the Idol of Vocation and Embracing the Gospel

breaking down the idol of vocation and embracing the gospel

"How can I allow my job or vocation to be a beacon of light to the world as opposed to an idol in my life? How can I create space in my day to refocus and recenter my purpose and my calling?"...

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Adorning the Gospel

adorning the gospel

"Adorning the Gospel looks like uncommon faithfulness. In the midst of changing dirty diapers, or running another budget report, or caring for your elderly parent, or grocery shopping in the middle of a pandemic, adorning the Gospel looks like faithfulness in abiding. It’s the constant reflection and admission of the power of the Gospel in us to complete anything resulti...

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Pursuing Patience

Pursuing Patience

"Often, patience and grace are seen together. God’s patience with us is grace. He gives us second chances all the time. He teaches, rebukes, disciplines, but ultimately, there is always grace seen in Him and by Him. He is patient with us, not letting us fall into despair, but provides hope in His Son, Jesus. By Jesus’s example, we see Jesus patiently endure all sorts o...

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Who needs doctrine anyway?

who needs doctrine anyways_

"We are not saved by our zeal for God; we are saved by His zeal for us. We do not climb up to God; He comes down to us in Christ. We are not saved by our following of Jesus, but through Him going to the cross alone. He is the promised messianic champion of old, not us. Even while our hearts are too often cold, forgetful, and neglecting of His Word and doctrine, He remains ...

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The Gospel and the gift registry

the gospel & the gift registry

"Finally getting back to the wedding registry analogy: for a people who wanted to show love for God but didn’t know what that looked like, here’s a list of some of the characteristics that please him. Not a checklist of duties to perform, but ideas for how our lives should be ordered “so that the word of God may not be reviled” (or in the positive sense, so that th...

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Duty into Joy

duty into joy

On Sunday, Jeff White reminded us of the danger and deceptiveness of legalism. As an Enneagram one, I tend to hold tightly to the right and wrong, black and white view of things. But, legalism infects and divides the church and destroys how Christ’s body was meant to live together. Legalism heightens our judgementalism and causes us to forget the beauty of the giver of t...

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