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No pain, no gain

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“No pain, no gain!” This well-known phrase is used to motivate us in exercise, but is it true? Do we have to have pain in order to “gain?” What about when it feels like we ARE in a lot of pain, but we’re not making any progress anyway? Is the statement not true then either? Pain is a part of life. Unfortunately. Tragically. Frustratingly. Thanks a lot Adam! Thanks a lot, Eve! So how do we respond in the midst of pain? How do we function and live with it? What do we do about it? And where is God […]

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Don’t be a “Gamer”

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I love playing sports. I always have. Growing up I was always playing football, basketball and whatever else the other guys in the neighborhood wanted to play. I was never any good at baseball, especially after that career ending whiffle ball injury, but that’s a story for another time. My problem is that I hated to practice. I hated the preparation. I hated all the drills. I hated all the hard work that had to be done in order to get in shape and get better. My coaches knew this. They called me a “gamer.” I know that word has […]

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Battling lies through prayer

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I have a problem. Actually, I have many problems, but this is a big one. Here it is: It is far easier for me to act first and then pray later. It is far easier for me to speak before thinking and praying. It is far easier for me to hit “reply” before I take time to think about how to “respond.” It is far easier for me to speak up in my own defense than to sit in silence with God in prayer and see how He leads me to best respond. Am I the only one? Last week […]

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What difference does it make?

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What difference does it make? What difference does following Jesus really make down here in this messy world? Here in the middle of all these problems? All this pain? When it feels like you’re all alone and the world is stacked against you? We’re going to explore the answer together from Psalm 3 on Sunday morning at 9:30. See you then! Pastor Jason