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Where Do Sermons Come From Anyway?

On any given week, pastors and preachers all over the world are working on messages, lectures, devotions, and lessons that will be delivered to congregations. Most traditionally these homilies are delivered on Sundays and are most often referred to as sermons. You may be asking yourself the question, "Where do sermons come from anyway?" Like a young child asking questions ...

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A House and a Home

The difference between a house and a home is monumental. A house is a structure where people and their possessions dwell. A home is an immaterial understanding, pervading attitude, and an altogether place of security and rest. A house is purchased with financial means. A home is established by work, forgiveness, kindness, love, and commitment. Seeing the difference between...

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Embrace Boredom, Memorize a Deck of Cards, and Quit Social Media

Embrace boredom. Memorize a deck of cards. Quit social media. What do you think when you read those statements? I know for me when I read them initially I was not only concerned I was resistant. How exactly do you embrace boredom? Isn't that a paradox? Seriously, memorize a deck of cards? I find myself at the stage in life where I incorrectly call my three kids by names ...

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Fostering Thoughts and Changing Lives

For the past 10 years my wife and I have been parents. We've been graced with a beautiful girl and two handsome boys. Right now all three of them are 10 and under so most days are filled with love, encouragement, repentance, coaching, and heavy doses of refereeing. If you're anything like us we often feel overwhelmed, falling short, and unqualified. Parenting has a way of ...

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Who's In Your Top 5?

A couple days ago as I finished reading the newspaper. Yes! Some of us actually still read a real newspaper. I noticed on the back page there were several lists which showed what was was trending in culture on that day. Most lists were generated from iTunes and pertained to entertainment. Looking intently I was able to see which movies were being purchased, which songs we...

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Sundays are for Celebrating

On February 5 I was able to witness 2 incredible events, but one will be told about through all of history and deep into eternity. Late into the evening I watched Tom Brady orchestrate the comeback of a lifetime. After a year of obstacles coupled with a long term illness being battled by his mother Brady led his team to overcome what appeared to be an insurmountable defici...

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A Prayer for the Unborn

In recognition of the 44th anniversary of the passing of Roe vs. Wade, Denise Dorminy, church member, recited this prayer during both services this past Sunday, January 22, 2017. Here is the prayer in its entirety, available for your use. Our Father in Heaven, You are our God and Creator, there is no other. There is none like You. You declare the end from the beginning. ...

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

As we celebrate womanhood and motherhood today, I want you to know that you are loved, cared for, and incredibly valuable to the one who created you....

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8 Ways to Get Ready for Easter 2016

Jesus is alive, and in a few days we'll celebrate the resurrection! Here are eight things you can do between now and then to get ready Easter Weekend:...

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The Dangerous Journey of Growth

You've started reading the Bible for growth and development and not simply for the acquisition of knowledge and information. You've taken the time to enter into a conversation with God (and others)…both talking and listening. The sparks of a vibrant life with Christ are beginning to break through. ...

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