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All Things Held Together

If all a person did was read the news the last couple weeks one would think the wheels are falling off, that the world's falling apart.. The economy is crashing, sickness is rampant and killing people, people are out of jobs and this is just the beginning they are telling us. The coronavirus forecast changes for the worse more times in a day than the weather forecast durin...

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Youth Need Theology

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Instilling Hope in Dark Times

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grown weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3 We are becoming too familiar with situations like yesterday's STEM school shooting in our community. What is to be our message after tragedy like yesterday's? First and foremost we mourn and weep. We cry out, come Lord Jesus, come. When we se...

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Director's Cut - Jonah 2

Let's continue to prayerfully consider our first application point from Sunday's sermon on Jonah chapter 2: Have you received mercy?...

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Time to Pray


Sunday Morning at 8:30 is our monthly prayer meeting....

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Prayer & Protesting

With all the protesting happening in our country right now. This blog post from a couple weeks ago was a good reminder: Prayer is an under-estimated resource for affecting social change. Therefore, prayer is a powerful form of protest for Christians and one that should be more regularly utilized....

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Revealing Jesus in everything we say (and pray)

This Sunday 1/8 is our monthly prayer meeting for local evangelism or you could think of it as our monthly prayer meeting for revealing Jesus in everything we say at work, in the neighborhood, at school, and in our homes. Last week Nate did a great job of pumping me up (picture the Broncos about to run out of the tunnel) for this prayer meeting and for Revealing Jesus in e...

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Sharing your Faith with Family and Friends at Christmas

Watch this 1.5-minutevideo clip as Rico Tice shares some quick and simple pointers for how we can share why we celebrate at Christmas time (or anytime for that matter). Do you have a good "pain line" question that causes non-believers in your life to consider faith in Christ? Tice ends with, "make sure your identity is in Christ as you ask that question." Father guide us ...

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Dry Bones and our Role to revive them

Pray, Plan, Follow Through and repeat....

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Evangelism at Home and Through Bible Reading

"It is good for our hearts to break for Africa, for Asia, for South America. It is good for seeds to be planted by passionate believers in the fertile soil of distant lands. But I pray that hearts might also break for the suburbs, and that God would raise up faithful men and women who will till where the ground is rocky and unforgiving, believing for a harvest that could o...

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Do you see people?

Matthew 9:36 says of the way Jesus saw people, "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."...

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Stop Assuming Your Neighbors are Hostile to Your Faith

Maybe some of the people in your life who aren't Christians would welcome the conversation about eternity, Jesus, the Bible or church?...

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Imagery is powerful

Imagery is powerful. It enhances and sometimes communicates more thoroughly than only words....

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Opportunities are Everywhere

Erik Raymond in a blog post from last week uses the following illustration:Let's say you are in the market for a new vehicle. You decide that you want a white van. Do you know what you will see when you are traveling around? White vans. Because white vans are on your mind you suddenly notice them everywhere. If evangelistic opportunities are on your mindbecause you are pra...

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The Power of Light - Part 1


Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden. Eph 5:8 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light....

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The Power of Light - Part 2


Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house....

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Being the Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13: You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet....

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Salt, Light, & Cities

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven....

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He Himself is your peace

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility...

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