The Coming Shift

December 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

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A shift is coming to the way we do church.

It happens every few decades or so. A generation rises up that no longer fits in the mold of the prevailing style of church service. They can’t encounter God, don’t see a purpose to the method of service, can’t seem to find life in the rituals, modes, and style of church. So they walk away – either thinking this whole “God” thing is a sham, or striking out looking for a new way of finding Him.

We are in that generation.
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God is Love

December 14, 2014 — 1 Comment

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God is love.
It’s a beautiful truth of who He is.

Unfortunately, for many today that truth is a bit skewed.

God is love has been reduced to nothing more than “I can do whatever I want and God is okay with it.”

I can live the life I want to live, do whatever makes me happy, and at the end of it all, have God still tell me I’m good, and spend eternity with Him.

It sounds good, but it’s not really what love looks like.

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Hope in the Midst of Darkness

November 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

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The following is an excerpt from this year’s Advent Guide. Each day includes a devotion like the one below, reflection question, suggested activity, and guided prayer to help you slow down and connect with Christ. Purchase your copy for only $5 today!

Sunday launched the season of Advent — those four weeks where Christians take time to reflect on and remember the true meaning of Christmas, and prepare themselves for the birth of Christ. If you looked into the traditions and ways that people observe Advent, you will find that each week has its own focus, the first one being…

Hope.
In the midst of hopelessness.

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Starting the Day Right

October 26, 2014 — 4 Comments

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I’m not a morning person.

Let me rephrase that. I’m really not a morning person.

I would rather stay up until 2 in the morning getting stuff done than try to get out of bed early. If I have to be awake before the sun is awake and going, I’m not the most pleasant person to be around.

Even my morning routine shows how much I hate mornings.

I get up at 6 am (the most unholy of hours), eat breakfast, shower, and then crawl back into bed for about 20 minutes before getting dressed and heading out the door. I’ve been doing this for the last twelve years.

I am so not a morning person that I need to take a nap within the first hour of being awake!

So last week, when I decided to switch up my morning routine a bit, I surprised even myself.

I traded in my morning nap to spend time with God.

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Known By Their Fruit

October 21, 2014 — 4 Comments

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“I follow Jesus.”

There are a lot of people in the world who would easily say that statement is true of them.

They go to church, read their Bible, try to be a good person and stay away from anything on the “big sins” list. They denounce the hypocritical and judgmental version of religion for a more loving God. They adamantly admit that Jesus is the top priority in their lives. They give to the poor, call out intolerant people, and pride themselves on loving people to the point of never making them feel uncomfortable.

Surely, they follow Jesus.

Or do they?

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