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Five Elements of a Start-Up Kit for a New Year

January 3, 2018

#1 Release the Past You can’t carry yesterday into tomorrow. Release past failures, faults and sins. Release past victories, gains and wins. Be grateful, but keep leaning and looking forward. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. —Psalm 51:10 Not that I have already obtained this or am already…

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The Waiting Game

December 11, 2017

The Waiting Game—have you ever played it? What? Wait?! No, I don’t like the sound of that game. I prefer to do. Waiting is hard! But God does call us to wait in many seasons, and through many of the storms of life. Years ago during a particularly long and difficult waiting season, I opened…

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Christmas Is…

December 1, 2017

Christmas is upon us! Are you ready? Advent is a time of preparation. It’s a time to reflect upon and remember the first coming of Christ at His birth as well as anticipate His second coming when He will return. In the midst of busy holiday activities, we invite you to take a few moments each…

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How Did You Get Here?

November 28, 2017

I woke up in a different bedroom beside a young female I wasn’t use to waking up with. As I looked at her all tangled up in the covers, I asked myself, “How did I get here?” But I realize I’ve brought you into the middle of the story, so let me go back to…

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Grace and Gratitude in Every Season

November 6, 2017

Seasons, they come and go—winter, spring, summer, fall, single, married, young, old. We welcome the happy seasons, but merely endure the sad and hard ones, begging for change in the midst of that which is difficult. Do you agree that no matter the “season” we face, there is always room for grace and gratitude? In…

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Foggy Thoughts and Fickle Feet

October 16, 2017

“We make time for what we truly value. We build habits and routines around the things that really matter to us.” —C.J. Mahaney True statement. But we don’t always like to hear this when it comes to prioritizing time in God’s Word and prayer in our lives. The danger of just fitting the Word of…

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How to Have a Cross-Centered Life

October 13, 2017

In the midst of busy days and the demands of life, how do we continually focus upon the Gospel and live a cross-centered life? Our Pastor taught this week on the importance of living a cross-centered life in our current series on Galatians. He referenced a book by C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-Centered Life: Keeping…

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When Life’s Not Perfect

September 25, 2017

Several weeks ago I was sitting on my porch enjoying a quiet morning in God’s creation. It had been a long week. I was weary. I was exhausted. I was at the end of my strength. My porch is the place I love to sit and reflect. To enjoy creation and talk things over with…

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Walking in Freedom

September 4, 2017

This week we’ve journaled from Psalm 119:33-40 and 119:41-48. These are perhaps some of my favorite verses from Psalm 119. Over 20 years ago, these were some of the Scriptures the Lord used to bring about tremendous healing and freedom in my life. I grew up in church. I even walked the aisle and was…

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