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The Chase

"David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands." - 1 Samuel 23:141 Samuel 19 marks the beginning of "The Chase". The next twelve chapters are devoted to one of the most famous chases in history - King Saul's pursuit of David. For FOUR years David was on the r...

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He Loved Them to the End: Love Day - May 20th

He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will under...

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Lens Crafting

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will.- Romans 12:1Through Paul, God g...

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Post-Election Thoughts

What are your initial thoughts after the election? What does your reaction to the election results say about your own heart? ...

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You Are in a Triumphal Procession

In Christ, you are a part of a triumphal procession being led by Jesus, after a battle fought and won by Jesus. In Christ, you are a sweet smelling aroma of him. DO you believe this?...

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The "J-Curve"

A look at what the apostle Paul speaks about in Philippians 3:8-11. ...

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“It is Written”: Knowing Truth in Context

An understanding of the importance of reading, understanding and using scripture in context....

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Face the Facts

The Apostle Paul shows us that facing the hard, ugly facts in our lives doesn't have to be defeat or a loss, but through Jesus Christ, facing the facts is a breakthrough and a victory. ...

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Measuring Lines

God is in the business of surveying, measuring, designing, building, blessing, and protecting His people....

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The "Gibbowr"

I recently had a discussion with Paul Miller, the author of those books in our library - "A Praying Life", "Love Walked Among Us", and "A Loving Life". He shared with me a common Hebrew word used throughout scripture. The word creates a thread that weaves throughout scripture and gives us great incite into the realities of who we are (and aren't), what we are seeking, what...

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The Feels, Part 2

Combating our negative feelings and emotions, with God promises....

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Give. Give. Give. - Part 2

Understanding God for who He is - a giver, as opposed to the other "kings" we establish in our lives, which are takers, and will always leave us empty and dry. This is the second part of a two part post as we dive into 1 Samuel....

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The Feels

In hardship, our feelings aren't the whole story. There is another story going on behind the curtain....

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Worst to First

"And the men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire." - Judges 1:8This verse struck me as I recently read through Judges in my personal study, as well as preparation for our Spring sermon series. At this point in history, it is 1405 BC. The Israelites are continuing the conquest of the Land of Can...

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"Getting Real"

What does it look like to have a "real relationship" with God?...

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Finishing Touches

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." - Philippians 1:6Paul wrote his letter to the Philippian church to encourage them and help them make sense of his imprisonment in Rome. I find it interesting that this verse, let alone the entire letter, is coming from a guy who is in chains. It probably do...

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Made in His Image

To be made in God's image means that we are made in love. This explores the deeper meaning and implications of what it means to be made in the image of God....

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Fight to the Very End: Life of Caleb

We all like to have an example to strive for in our lives. As Christians, the people of the Bible are like windows into our souls, and they can resonate with us. Jesus is our perfect goal, but God also gives us other examples that point to Jesus to encourage us along the way. One of those examples is Caleb. In Gods redemptive plan, the Book of Joshua encompasses the nation...

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31 Day Proverbs Challenge - May 2013

A 31 Day Challenge to Read Through the Book of Proverbs and Share a Verse Every Day!...

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Bringing Israel & the Persian Empire to Life

A cool video from Mars Hill's Esther Series that helps to bring color to the historical context of the times we are studying in our Re:BUILD series on the book of Nehemiah. The king described here is the father of Artaxerxes who is the king during the time of Nehemiah. The video last about 5 minutes and appears as the intro prior to the sermon that follows....

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Reading out loud...

If you are struggling to read your Bible daily try something new...like reading it out loud....

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Running From the Answer

Careful what you ask God for...you might be tempted to run when He answers....

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31 Day Proverbs Challenge

A 31 day challenge to read through the book of Proverbs and to share what you are reading with others....

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Top 10 Reasons why People Don't Read the Bible Regularly

Why are so many Christians unfamiliar with the Bible? We are a people with more Bibles per household than most cultures, but we fail to saturate our lives with the Word! What are the top reasons why people don't read and how you can overcome them....

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