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“It’s not worth it!”

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“It’s not worth it!” “The lines are too long.” “It is way overpriced.” “The traffic is too bad.” “It’s not worth it!” It’s not worth the stress. The time. The energy. The possible physical pain or emotional heartache. OR “It’s worth it!” “Oh, waiting to see that show was so worth it!” “Waiting for that call was worth it!” “Making that hard decision was so worth the struggle!” “I’m so glad we worked through that conflict. You are worth it!” How do you decide what IS “worth it?” Worth waiting for. Worth fighting for. Worth suffering for. And at what […]

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20190324-17: Love Does

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2019-03-17 Jesus in the real world 17: Love Does Luke 6:27-49 27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, […]

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Of “bad reputations” and the solution

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Supposedly one of the biggest obstacles for non-believers to becoming followers of Christ is….those that profess to follow Christ! It seems that far too many of us that claim to be “Christian” aren’t really a good “selling point” for the world around us. Stereotypical Christians are portrayed in media and pop-culture as prudes who hate fun. As bigots who only know how to condemn. Backwards. Ignorant. “Right-wing gun-totters.” “Bible-thumpers.”  Hypocrites. Intolerant. “Anti-everything!” We seem to be more well known for what we’re against than for Who we are for! We’re also often lumped in with various cult groups known for […]

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20190317-16: Calling all Disciples

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2019-03-17 Jesus in the real world 16: Calling all Disciples Luke 6:12-26 Life changing decisions 12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. A. Context: Prayer and close relationship with God (12) • Here He goes again • He prayed all night! 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son […]

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20190310-15: Legalism and New Life

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2019-03-10 Jesus in the real world 15: Legalism and New Life Luke 5:33-6:11   33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it […]

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“And Can it be?”

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Many of y’all have asked about the hymn “And can it be?” that we sang last Sunday. Would you believe that the song is now more than 280 years old? Charles Wesley wrote it in 1738 right after he came to Christ. Wesley had been a church-goer who knew his Bible well up to that point, but in May of that year he moved from knowing about Jesus to surrendering his life in a personal relationship with the risen Lord Jesus. Read through the words below again slowly, or even sing them if you’d like, and watch the good news […]

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Old misery vs New Juice

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Have you ever been accused of being “set in your ways?” Have you ever been called “stubborn?” “Hard-headed?” “Resistant to change?” Change is hard. Especially the older we get. We get routines established. We get familiar with how things work and how we like to do things. And before we know it, we’re going through the motions. We’re ordering and controlling our own environment. And when we get to the point that we have everything the way we like it, that’s when something happens to mess up our routines. Sickness. Pain. Job changes. Friends get transferred or drift away. When […]