Stewardship: Your God-Given Role

Stewardship is a responsibility God gave humanity from the very beginning of creation. In Genesis 1 & 2, God makes your role clear: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing…

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Money: Trusting God In Need and Abundance

Trusting God with your money is not easy, but it is necessary. Let's be honest, there are things in life that are easier to trust God with than others. Like you probably don’t sit awake at night and worry about if the sun will come up in the morning. But what about the hard stuff?…

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How to Read the Psalms

We all have different experiences with the Psalms; sometimes we read them and think, “huh?” You may love the depth of emotion and vulnerability, or maybe you avoid them altogether. So, what do we do with them? How do we read and understand 150 chapters compiled over 1,000 years? In this episode, our Spiritual Formation…

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Four Simple Ways to Invite Someone to Church

When you’ve been transformed by meeting the Real Jesus, you feel the urge to invite others to experience that same life change. Knowing Jesus has transformed our lives, so the goal of our worship services, from our kids’ environments on up, is to help people know that same love. People are much more likely to…

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How to cultivate community.

Building a Community You Can Rely On

How do you build a community you can rely on? Everyone wants (and needs) a strong network of support, but actually finding the people who will stick by your side through the best of times and the worst can be hard. These deep and lasting relationships can only be built with focus and intentionality. Unfortunately,…

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I Love God, But I Don't Always Love the Church

  “I love God, but I don’t always love the Church.” You’ve probably heard someone say some variation of this, or maybe these words have been true for you. Church is made up of people­–and people are notorious for being hypocritical, judgmental, and imperfect. Fellowship with other Christians is essential for spiritual growth. A healthy…

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Obstacles to Community

Finding genuine connection with others can be hard. Everyone wants a supportive community, but life often bombards us with what can feel like imposing obstacles to that community. It’s easier to self-isolate than ever. In fact, technology often encourages this isolation, using algorithms to push us further into a content bubble; not to mention the…

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The more we pray, the more in line our desires will be with God's.

Does Prayer Even Work?

Does prayer even work? If you have ever wondered about this existential question, you’re not alone. So often we view prayer like a request box that God labeled, “What can I do for you?” We write down our heart’s deepest desire on a little slip of paper, slip it in the box, and impatiently wait…

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All the Lonely People

Have you ever been lonely? If you’re a human being, then the answer is more than likely yes. Loneliness is an epidemic. The Beatles once wondered of lonely people, “where do they all come from?”  And we've wondered that too. Loneliness is isolating and all-encompassing. It can come as a tide, pushing in and just…

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We pray prayers that are informed by the Scriptures and led by the Spirit.

Mixed Motives : "Search me, O God . . . !"

As people, we have mixed motives. Often our deepest desires and strongest desires contradict each other. For example, the strong desire to eat that king-sized candy bar may not line up with your deepest desire to feed your body well. Even the Apostle Paul struggled with this dichotomy of human motivation in Romans 7:15: “I…

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