We Need Grace AND the Law

You can’t simply state “Jesus fulfilled (“ended” – as is often interpreted) the law, therefore we are under grace.” without fully understanding what Jesus actually did, and what He said He actually did. Take a little journey with me through Hebrews 8 and 9 in order to better understand how GRACE and THE LAW work perfectly in harmony. Hebrews […]

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Victor OR Victim: Which One Are You?

Victors take responsibility for their mistakes.  Victims blame others for their mistakes. Victors receive correction as a teaching moment. Victims take correction as a personal attack. Victors let go of offenses.  Victims horde their offenses and take on others offenses as well. Victors refuse to be defined by their failures.  Victims refuse to see anything […]

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I Am Not the Church

How often have you heard someone, when asked “Who is the Church” would respond with a quick, “I am the Church!”? I know I’ve heard it….a lot. In fact, I’d dare say I’ve probably said it a time or two myself. And unfortunately, it’s just not an accurate or biblical statement to make. Don’t misunderstand […]

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25 Aspects of Worshiping God

As a worship leader, my desire is to see the church (universal) understand what worship is and actually put it into practice.  Sadly there are many voices convoluting and confusing the discussion with equating personal preference with scripture. They may not be actually saying it with their lips, but their actions and attitudes clearly demonstrate […]

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When Poison Poisons the Poisoned

Offenses will come. It’s not a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when”. And how we respond to our offenses will ultimately determine how or if we are able to move on from the offense and will also determine how much damage is caused in the process. The unfortunate fact is this: when one […]

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When Fear Blinds You to Reality

Have you ever been so afraid that you were blind to what was really happening around you? I know I’ve experienced this. Especially when the pressures of life began to have a profound effect on more than just myself, but also my family, or friends, and others around me. The most recent corporate example of […]

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Don’t Slap Rocks…

Sometimes pastors must exhort their church in areas that they may be struggling in or could at least improve in. Perhaps it’s exhorting them to be more generous (as we have been doing in my church the last 5 weeks through our “We LOVE Giving” series about generosity)…or perhaps it’s about tithing…or perhaps it’s about […]

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The Faith Vacuum

This past week in my church a recurring theme kept ringing out. In our prayer time before service, during our worship, and even at the end of our service when we took up a HUGE offering for our property…the theme of abounding faith was ringing out clearly. Specifically, the example of Elijah (1 Kings 18:20-40 […]

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Racial Band-Aids

Growing up as a kid, when I would fall and get a scrape or cut myself somehow, my mother would apply a band-aid to my wound. But not BEFORE she kissed my boo-boo, washed the wound, and then applied some antiseptic ointment to keep bacteria and other nasties from infecting the wound, further agitating the […]

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Fathers Day for the Fatherless

I never suspected that when my parents divorced  last year (with me at the age of 34) under less than honorable circumstances, that Fathers Day would become one of those holidays that just wouldn’t quite be the same.  I’m hoping this isn’t a life long trend. But I know that this year things aren’t going […]

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