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Jun 2009

Facebook Friendships vs. Spiritual Friendships I have 678 Facebook “friends,” and Iʼll tell you what I love about those friendships:  most of them are extremely shallow.  I know how bad that sounds, but itʼs true.  As long as I have a few deep and meaningful relationships in my life, I prefer to keep the rest…

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May 2009

Growing in foolishness… This is how it seems for me.  As a parent, I am always bemoaning the overwhelming passions that my kids have for what they so desperately “need” at the moment.  Is keeping up with their online Webkinz animal in his or her “Webkinz World” (complete with fantasy house, furniture and food bought…

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May 2009

The RH Kids’ Community Group was discussing a recent Sunday’s sermon on Matthew 13:44, and they answered the questions, “What is the most valuable thing or person to you?  What do you think you need? What can you not live without?” See how much their answers mirror the answers you would have given.  These were…

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May 2009

Jonathan Dodson has some great suggestions for making simple, thoughtful changes to your life in order to build more relationships with non-Christians. As a teaser, here are the summary points.  But don’t stop here- read the whole article: Flee the Christian subculture. Save some gas, the planet, and some people. Be a regular. Be yourself….

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May 2009

Sports teams keep all kinds of statistics.  Goals, assists, home runs, strike outs, touchdowns, interceptions, etc…  In fact, there are “fantasy” leagues today that give the average fan a chance to obsess over these things. Churches keep statistics too.  Now, I havenʼt heard of any church fantasy leagues yet, but every church that I know…

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May 2009

I’ll let John Piper take a swing at answering this one: “If you’re used to a twenty-minute, immediately practical, relaxed talk, you won’t find that from what I’ve just described. I preach twice that long; I do not aim to be immediately practical but eternally helpful; and I am not relaxed. I am standing vigilantly…

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May 2009

So…”what did you get out of it“? Last night as we were discussing the sermon (Surrender to The Word of God) in our small group, I was struck by how often we ask this question.  In some instances it’s altogether appropriate.  For example, when used in reference to a business or legal agreement, reading a…

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May 2009

I was really struck by something that Robert said in the sermon this past Sunday. The essence of it was this: “If we truly treasure Jesus and the riches of the gospel above all else, then, by Godʼs grace, we can find the strength of heart to bring our children up in front of the…

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May 2009

In each Wednesday night Kids’ Community Group, we take time to focus on something mission-minded.  The past few times- and until the summer begins- we have focused on a different country each week where Christian kids are challenged because of their faith.  Our resource has been Kids of Courage where we learned first about Orissa,…

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Apr 2009

Mark your calendar for one of the most exciting opportunities to come to our region in awhile! On June 4-6, our good friends and partners in ministry, from Vintage21, The Summit and Christ the King, are hosting the “Advance 09” conference with John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, Bryan Chapell, Danny Akin, J.D. Grear, Ed Stetzer,…

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