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Singing Through Sorrows

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Psalms chapters 3-7 contain a consistent theme of being oppressed, persecuted, and suffering. We have seen how to seek the Lord as we face anxious days and trust him through the night. We have learned more about praying not around our sorrows, or in between our sorrows, but through them. We have seen in each of these Psalms wthe importance of calling upon the Lord in ever...

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Expositional Listening

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Over twenty years ago I wrote a phrase on the title page of my bible. It is a quote, though not original to me. By experience, I have come to trust that it is true and relevant and that it speaks to my past, present, and my future in compelling and urgent ways. The phrase is simply this; "The reader is destined to become a participant." Last Sunday we continued the story ...

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40 Days of Prayer

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[9] And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, [10] so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, [11] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:911) The investment of prayer has been formationa...

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Biographies: Examples of Humble Joy

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Philippians 2:19-30 offers two examples of humble joy that Paul puts forth for the Philippians to learn from. Timothy and Epaphroditus were both believers in Christ Jesus who had been gripped by the gospel, lived to build up the church, and worked to advance the mission of God. We have much to learn through the stories of saints who have gone before us. Below are a handfu...

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Through A Simple "Yes"

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Joy to the World

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One of my favorite memories as a boy was singing with our church family on Christmas Eve. As the service would near its conclusion, the deacons would distribute candles around the congregation while the lights grew dark. As we sang our final hymn of the evening, the room would flood with candlelight as voices announced the message of Christmas,"Joy to the World, the Lord i...

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The Work of Missions

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I think most believers have heard or even memorized "The Great Commission", Matthew 28:19-20. "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." But what does that look like in everyd...

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The Beauty of Community Groups

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When my husband and I first walked into a small group gathering 5 years ago, we were unsure of what to expect. We loaded up the kids in their pjs and headed down the freeway hopeful. Community groups were a new entity to us- supremely different from the program based church model we were accustomed to. As we all piled out of the car and into the home, we walked into the ar...

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Back to School: How to Pray for Our Students

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The time is upon us - that time which is usually welcomed by parents, but dreaded by students everywhere: back to school! While we look forward to the new and interesting opportunities ahead for our families, we also know the hustle and bustle of the school season is about to take over and consume most of our waking moments.A productive way to prepare for the challenges th...

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My Experience in Church Planting

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My first experience in church planting was 9 years ago in Washington state. We had always been attenders and to be quite honest, I really had never committed myself or any of our time to any church we were a part of. We were just "too busy." We had a young son, were serving in outreach ministry, and Aaron traveled during the week. Church on Sunday was a negotiable and oft...

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