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“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.” – Proverbs 27:10

This verse in Proverbs pushes us to realize the importance of community. When we want to run, cut out, or abandon our church family this truth pushes us back into the octagon (shameless UFC reference) and encourages us to fight for love when all we feel is resentment, hatred, and bitterness. Continue Reading…

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Hypocrites to our own worldview

One of the largest movements on the rise in the US is centered around ending slavery. There are overwhelming statistics stating that between sex trafficking and other forms of slavery there are more slaves today than at any other point in history. It is deeply saddening and provoking to action.

Yet, Americans are missing another group of slaves close to them. We see them everyday and most of us know them better than we realize.

Who are these slaves you ask? Our children in the womb.
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As I think back to some of the most difficult lessons I’ve learned so far in ministry the question of how to choose songs for weekly services arises. When I first started planning services, it was simply what the band knew and what I was half-way confident leading. I quickly picked up on the fact this was not the best way to structure the singing in our worship services. Continue Reading…

Moses and God’s glory

When you read Exodus 33:18 where Moses asks the Lord to show him his glory, you would think that if anybody in all of history had a need of seeing more of God’s glory it wouldn’t be Moses. But there he is, asking.

Why does he do that? How can someone who had such an intimate realtionship with God ask to see even more of his glory? Wouldn’t he already had his fill?

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This is an important topic.

Without going into a long dissertation of what I think is and is not appropriate on specific topics, here are a few guidlines my wife and I follow. Continue Reading…