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Trash mouth

Think back to your younger years. Where did you learn the meaning of “street” words, i.e., cussing, swearing, body parts? Probably from your (slightly…

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Get Close to Difficult People?

When it comes to dealing with difficult people, it’s natural to think we need to keep our distance. But Pastor Matt says that’s not the healthiest way to address difficult people.

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Stop saying, “It’s okay,” because it’s not okay

About 13 years ago, when I was interning at a church, my boss/pastor said that we would not just preach about forgiveness; we would…

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Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

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Evidence of the Spirit: Gentleness

When I was in seventh grade, I started a fight on the playfield. We were playing football, and a player on the other side…

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Volunteer firemen

Most of us have a schizophrenic sense of justice. We personally like to live in the land of grace, a land where God treats…

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Let’s be presumptive positive

Two months ago I didn’t even know the words presumptive positive could go together. Then, in the beginning of August, 77 NFL players’ COVID-19…

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Patience

My pastor said in a sermon, “Patience is going at someone else’s speed.” Wow! That is profound. I never heard that before. I was…

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Not safer at home

Not everyone is safer at home. In the U.S. more than 10 million people are victims of intimate partner physical violence each year—an average…

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When God Turns up the Heat

God is pumping up the pressure because he’s got bigger plans for you. As our country continues to grapple with the coronavirus, we want to keep providing more perspective through God’s Word. We brought back this 2018 series from Pastor Jared about the tests and trials God allows in our lives.

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The Corona Survival Guide for Couples

Day 1 The #1 thing for couples to do Healthy relationships were already hard enough. Creating and maintaining a you-first, quick-to-listen, how-can-I-help relationship took…

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Sitting with you

This is not what I intended to write. For a month now, I’ve had a topic chosen, and it’s been rattling around my mind…