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Fight to Connect

I had the opportunity last night to briefly meet with the worship and technical teams before they began preparing for the services for this week. Just walking into our auditorium where our church family gathers week to week did something inside of me. But when I saw the faces of those I love and minister with regularly my heart …

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Loving Like Amnon

The appalling and unsettling story of Amnon and Tamar in 2 Samuel 13 was the subject matter of Aaron’s recent messages on sexual sin and past trauma. The passage paints a grim picture: In Amnon’s broken desire for his half-sister, he “made himself ill.” After he had violated her, Scripture describes Amnon’s twisted emotional response: …

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The Tyranny of Worry

My mom is the youngest of 11 children. One of her older sisters just recently entered Heaven at the earthly age of 102. Of the 11 children, 9 were daughters. (My mom’s father, a farmer, had hoped for a family of strong rugged farmhands). I grew up surrounded by scores of aunts, uncles, and cousins. …

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Why Seeking God’s Reward is Different from the Prosperity Gospel

This past Sunday was the final sermon in our Living Generously series. This year, we want to commit ourselves to generously pursuing Jesus through the Word and community, generously loving our neighbors, and generously investing our time, energy, and resources (including money) in gospel initiatives. Where is God asking you to take the next step …

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Battling Anxiety

The world gives countless causes for anxiety. Things happen that we have no control over. Blindsiding pain, circumstantial confusion, and disorienting uncertainty are as inevitable as the rising sun and shifting tides. The fact that we know things are going to happen in our lives that are beyond our control gives rise to anxiety even …

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Troubled by Trouble

I wonder if you can hear this song in your head as you read these lyrics: “Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble – trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born. Worry, worry, worry, worry, worry – worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone.” We are a people who are …

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