A Lesson in Reading the “Commands” of Scripture

The more you study Scripture, the more you see how important context is for understanding the meaning of a passage. This is especially important when it comes to seeing how the “commands” of Scripture fit with the truths that ground them. Or to say it another way: Let the indicatives (truths) of Scripture set up…

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You Were Loved Into Existence

The beginning of the year is often a time of deep reflection. Our hope is that your thoughts are not only directed toward your resolutions but also about more profound existential questions. We will help you get there: our first two months of sermons are entirely directed toward the subject of purpose! I’ve been part…

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Be Busy, Not Hurried

“How are you?” The answer to this common formality of the question has some of the most templated answers in the English language. “Good! But busy.” “Tired, but good!” It’s amazing how many of our answers are some sort of combination of “good” and “busy” as if those two go together like peanut butter and…

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5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Improve Your Communication!

“Okay.” “I don’t care.” “Whatever.” Have you ever been on the receiving end of these text messages and wondered what the tone was? The phrase “I don’t care” could be a light-hearted way to concede to the preference of another, but it could also be a passive-aggressive way to respond to a question. All of…

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Redeeming Our Regrets

You know that feeling. The one where that you feel in the deep part of your stomach and it seems to go all the way through your bloodstream. Sometimes it comes right after you say something or do something. Sometimes it is a slow burn that is felt days, months, or years later! Regret. Everyone…

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Combatting Complacency So I Press On Toward All God Has For Me

The Oxford dictionary defines “complacent” as “showing uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.” When I reflect on my spiritual life, that is, my walk with God, it is easy to become complacent. It is easy to become “uncritical” and settle for a certain level of progress in my life. Socrates, an ancient Greek philosopher,…

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How to Pray a Blessing Over Your Kids

As a parent, it is easy to be hard on ourselves, wondering if there is more we could do for our kids. This is a common feeling! Yet, one of the profound lessons in life thus far is how it is not always the difficulty of the task that equates to impact. Sometimes the greatest…

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3 Ways to Express Affirmation to Others (But Especially Your Kids!)

Has someone given you some affirmation today? Maybe a loved one reminded you that you are not taken for granted. Maybe a co-worker or supervisor credited your work. Affirmation feels good! And it should. Would you be opposed to receiving more affirmation? Probably not, even if you are shy about receiving it. That’s because you…

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Who Do We Trust: Almighty God or the Almighty Dollar?

On July 11, 1955 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that would forever change the way American currency would look. From then on, all currency reads the phrase: “In God we trust.” Charles E. Bennett, the representative of Florida at the time, said that adding “In God we trust” would “serve as a constant…

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