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How To Spot The Real Thing?

Have you ever handed a cashier money as payment for a purchase, only to see them swipe the bill that you’re giving them with a special pen? As counterfeiting has grown more sophisticated, so have the ways to detect it. But what about counterfeit Christianity? How can you tell the genuine article, from an almost perfect imitation? That’s one of the issues we’ll be examining in this sermon as we continue our study through the book of James and consider the question,…

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Overcoming Temptation

Oscar Wilde knew what he was talking about when he wrote: “I can resist everything except temptation.” We are all tempted by something! A person … possession … power… No one is immune – even Jesus wasn’t! And for most of us, temptation leaves us feeling guilty and defenseless. But the Bible is clear that there is no temptation that we face that God won’t help us avoid and overcome (read it for yourself here). Join us this weekend as we continue our…

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Making Wise Decisions

When it’s time to make a decision, what do you base your decision on? Do you ever worry you’ll make the wrong decision? Some of you may follow the advice of that old theologian, Yogi Berra who once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Others can spend so much time weighing their options and comparing the pros and cons of any decision that they become victims of paralysis by analysis. What biblical truths can guide us…

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What Is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness may be one of the most misused, misapplied and misunderstood words in our culture. How well do you understand it? Take a short quiz by answering true or false to the following statements: •   A person should not be forgiven until they ask for it •   Forgiving minimizes the offense and the pain it caused •   Forgiveness includes restoring trust and resuming the relationship •   You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten •   When you see somebody hurt, it’s your duty to forgive the offender If…

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What’s So Scary About Surrender?

One of the first passages of scripture that I committed to memory as a new Christian was Proverbs 3:5-6, which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” It’s an encouraging promise, but what does it mean to “trust in the Lord with all your heart?” The best single word answer that I’ve heard to that question is the word ‘surrender.’ We…

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Forgive me, as I forgive others?

Most of us at one time or other have heard the Lord’s prayer. Many of us have even committed it to memory. The prayer seems simple enough, but simple things can sometimes be very deep. When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave them a model prayer. The problem is that it seems like Jesus included something in the prayer that doesn’t belong there. If the fifth petition in the prayer simply read “Forgive us our debts,” and…

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Dangerous Prayers?
Most of our prayers are way too safe. Bless this food. Help me do well on this test. Please let there be a parking spot. But what if we prayed more boldly —even dangerously— for God to use us in new and exciting ways? This may take us out of our comfort zones, but it could also bring us exactly where God wants us to be. This weekend as we begin a new teaching series called “Dangerous Prayers” we’ll start by looking... Read More

What’s better than a New Year’s Resolution?

The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year’s resolutions. Are you part of the 41% of the population that made a resolution this year? Maybe a more important question is will you be part of the 8% who achieve your New Year’s resolution? According to research, 80 percent of those who make resolutions on January 1 have given up by Valentine’s Day. Does…

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Unwrapped: The Days After Christmas

The days between Christmas and New Years can feel heavy. The gifts are unwrapped, only cookie crumbs remain in the pretty tins, and returning to school or work is only a few days away. One of the best ways to beat the after-Christmas blues is to remember that the story doesn’t end with the chorus of angels and a visit from wise men. If we keep reading, we learn more about baby Jesus. We learn about preteen Jesus giving his parents a…

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O’ Come All Ye Faithful

What’s almost 300 years old and still around every Christmas? No – not grandma’s fruitcake! How about one of the most popular and most sung Christmas Carols of all time – O’ Come All Ye Faithful. A carol that was first sung in close to its current form 300 years ago – with lyrics dating back almost 700 years – O’ Come All Ye Faithful is a beloved carol that transcends cultures and generations. And…it has a powerful message too! That’s why…

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