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Living the Gospel

The desire for heroes seems to be deeply and perhaps universally human. As far back as we can find literature, we find literary heroes. The ancient Greeks certainly loved them and produced them memorably and in staggering quantity: Perseus, Heracles, Achilles, Jason, Odysseus, Socrates and many more besides. It says something about the power and importance of heroes that t...

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Love Your Enemies

We recently began a new sermon series titled, "Road Map For Relationships: Loving Like Jesus." As I began doing some background research, my thoughts naturally gravitated to my most significant and prominent relationships: my wife, my children, my in-laws, parents, coworkers, and friends. I would suggest this is natural, after all these people are important to me. I want t...

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Something's Not Right

In December of 2009, my youngest brother was diagnosed with cancer. Among the many thoughts careening through my mind, one that often floated to the surface was simply, "this isn't right." He was young, only 22. He was vibrant, active and good. He loved nature, and would frequently take inner city kids on camping trips out into the Georgia wilderness. He loved people, love...

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More Than Faithful

Genesis 12; 2 Sam 7; Mt. 28 Back when Abraham was still Abram, back when he was a nomad, when he travelled wherever he could find good grazing, Yahweh, the God of all creation broke suddenly into his life. Yahweh gave Abram a new identity, and many spectacular promises. Though Abraham had no children, Yahweh promised to give him so many descendants that their number woul...

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Taking on the Giants

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Ph. 3.13b-14, NIV). Fighting giants is, by definition, hard work. We don't call them giants for nothing. The giants of fear and anger, bitterness and temptation are more likely to present ...

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Faith Rooted in Fact

We are nearly 2000 years removed from Jesus' resurrection. Given that significant gap in time and culture, it can be easy to lose touch with what it was like for early believers. We live in a world and culture where Jesus' bodily resurrection is celebrated annually, where even those who don't believe it are at least used to the idea. Jesus' resurrection has even, in wester...

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You Are What You Celebrate

As I prepared to "be" Gideon for VBC, and then to preach about Gideon, my initial response to the story was the same as it has been for years: I was staggered by the foolishness of the Israelites, by their capacity to forget and abandon God. When you think about their history from Egypt up until the time of the Judges, it seems almost impossible to comprehend. Surely they ...

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Finishing the Story

When we think of the gospel, our minds tend to gravitate toward the surprising and dramatic reversal of the cross and resurrection. This is perhaps only natural, as together those two events represent the great turning point of the story, where the apparent defeat of Jesus by crucifixion is revealed to be the very means by which God wins His decisive victory over the power...

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God Works the Night Shift

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb! (Rv. 7.9-10, ESV) One o...

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Ordinary Missionaries

Like its counterpart Luke, the book of Acts is a carefully organized volume. We moved geographically from Jerusalem in Acts 1 to Rome in Acts 28, just as the gospel has been "sent to the gentiles" (Acts 28:28). The result is that in the 28 chapters of the book we get to watch as Jesus' great commission to his followers reaches its fulfillment (1:8). We watch as they witnes...

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Living In God's Reality

Living In God's Reality One of my favorite things about the Apostle Paul is his ability to weavetogether theology with a call to practical applications. It's an abilitythat I appreciate more and more as I grow in my own vocation as apastor. Paul's theology, while often breathtaking, is never theology forits own sake. For Paul, there is always a real-world pastoral concern...

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God on the Ground

"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature." (Hebrews 1:3) During the Exodus, when the descendants of Jacob were brought out of Egypt, out of captivity and slavery, their God went with them and led them. As a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and God was with them. God's people witnessed His glory and power, a power tha...

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Join Connections Today!

New Connections Group starts this October!...

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All-Church Concert of Prayer

Join Us for the Upcoming All-Church Concert of Prayer! If you have been with us at all this summer, you know that we are in the middle of a preaching series on prayer. Prayer has been integral to the Christian life since the very beginning, with rich, deep roots penetrating all the way back through the Old Testament to Adam and Eve's conversations with God in the Garden o...

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A Season for Receiving

A Season for Receiving by Jay Pound When I was growing up, Friday night was always family night, and for many winters that meant going to the YMCA. Many of those years we were able to go because of another family in our church, who bought my family a membership as a Christmas gift. Their generosity was a great blessing to my family, and the source of many wonderful famil...

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God of Wonders...And Jonah

"And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their leftand also many animals?" (-God, Jonah 4.11) C.S. Lewis one told a story about an old mystical barnacle, who was granted a vision of humanity. He shared with his barnacle followers that humans had n...

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Faithfulness in Obedience

Let us all be faithful to pass on God's truth, and God grant that we may also be the proof of God's goodness and faithfulness to those who follow....

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Our Strategy: The Road Ahead

We want to be a church that helps individuals live Christ-centered and Christ-sent together. The question now is, "How do we get there?" And that is a question of strategy, a request for a map that shows each person their next step. The picture you see here is our depiction of our strategy, a map helping individuals see where they are now and find the road ahead. Like a ma...

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Gratitude

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." (Hb. 12.28)...

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