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A Prayer for Lent - Week 2

Our Father in heaven, You are the Light of the world. You are our salvation. You dwell in unapproachable light, yet You have made a way in Jesus for us to approach You and we do so with joy today. We proclaim Your excellencies for You have called us out of darkness into Your marvelous light. You are awesome in all Your ways, full of grace and truth and justice and mercy. ...

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A Prayer for Lent - Week 1

Our Father in Heaven, You are the Bread of Life. We come to You longing for Your Presence and for Your pleasure. You are the Word and every word from Your mouth is truth. We delight to hear from You this day and every day. Your words are like honey to us and we treasure them more than our daily food. You are the joy and delight of our hearts, our greatest hope and our gre...

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A Weekly Schedule for Lent

As a church we will be reading, praying, and fasting together during the season of Lent. Below you will find a weekly schedule that includes reading for the week as well as suggested areas for fasting. Our daily rhythm will be reading reflection one day, prayer the next. On one day, you'll read a passage of Scripture and reflect on a specific aspect of it. On the next day...

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Learning About Lent

Have you ever encountered a word that you can't quite figure out how to pronounce or what it actually means? Perhaps you've found yourself there recently. I can remember shortly after becoming a Christian being told about the meaning of Christmas and Easter. Talk about earth shattering. I'd come from a home where we celebrated Christmas with gifts, food, family, and fun!...

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Good and Angry

Up until early 2017 if you asked me for some quick help dealing with anger issues I'd have recommended only one resource Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones. Jones provides an incredibly accessible resource to an epidemic in our culture, homes, and communities. Endorsements from well known biblical counselors make clear Uprooting Anger deserves to be, needs to be even, in the...

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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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