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Roots and Fruit: Get a Group

When you personally know and are personally known in a spiritual community, you find your spiritual and physical needs being met.

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Out of Context: “More Than You Can Handle”

The Bible does not talk about God not allowing you to be tempted “beyond what you can bear.” Make sure to read the context! The apostle Paul wrote those words as a warning not to rely on our own spiritual strength and a comfort to rely on the God who can sustain us in all kinds of temptation.

Friends & Family

Out of Context: “Where Two or Three Gather”

Jesus spoke these words at the end of his message on dealing with sin in the church. He offered a great comfort to churches that do the hard work of dealing with sin, warning the hardhearted, and practicing church discipline.

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Friend Request: Different Kinds of Friends

What does it mean to find a Christian friend? Is that the same as being part of the fellowship of a church? This message explores what it means to have friends who share your faith as well as the important distinction between the fellowship of Christians and the self-selected blessing called friendship.

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Do you think of me differently now?

We sat across from each other in a moment of silence. He had just shared with me some personal struggles. He was confused and…

Bible 101

When church hurts

Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders…

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Keep praying for your pastor

“It’s a good life.” That’s how a friend of mine who is a pastor describes his career. Isn’t that awesome? At the same time,…

Friends & Family

Time to pray

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3). Beheadings,…

Friends & Family

To the moms who take their squirrely kids to church

Dear Mamas of little ones, I sat behind you in church this week. I saw you struggle with holding two kiddos because the one…