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Love Again | Begin Again | Forgive as the Lord

…forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   “I’ll never forgive him.” “If you knew how she’s treated me, you’d understand why I can’t forgive her.” Wounds. Scars. Bruises on the heart. We’ve all got them. It’s impossible to navigate through life without someone hurting us.…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Harmonious Marriages

Or how can you say…”‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? Matt. 7:4   Pat waved a hand-written list in front of his pastor. “There. You can see for yourself what she’s doing. Fifteen years I’ve been putting up with this and I’ve about…
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Story Changing | Our Part | Spread the Work

“…select seven men who are …full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility.”  Acts 6:3   Sunday morning after services, the friendly hubbub was a low roar but everyone could hear Agnes: “Pastor, I haven’t finished telling you about my dog’s—” An old man stepped in front of her and shoved…
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Story Changing | Our Part | Two by Two

And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two… Mark 6:7   Andrew nudged Thomas. “He says we’re gonna go into the towns and prepare them for His revival next week. I, uh, I’m not so good at knocking on strange doors.” Thomas nodded. “Yeah, I knew that about…
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Story Changing | Our Part | All Things to All People

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22   Tolerance! Inclusion! Progressive thinking. Is the Bible saying that we should act like our worldly friends, agree with their lifestyle choices, do what they do, sin like they sin, so that maybe they will want…
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Story Changing | Our Part | “Things Like That”

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers…”  Luke 10:2   Pastor Ray locked the front door and walked across the parking lot to his battered Dodge. A Mercedes slid to a stop beside him and a tinted window came down. “Pastor! You just…
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Story Changing | Our Part | Are You a Help or a Hindrance?

The whole body…grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  Ephesians 4:16   Imagine waking up one morning and hearing whispers of this conversation coming from inside your body: Toe: “I hate being way down here. Nobody ever notices me. They ram us against furniture and cram us inside dark…
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Story Changing | The Church’s Role | Ashamed

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16    Social media is flooded with evidences that—at least from behind our internet devices—we are not ashamed of the gospel. -“I believe in Jesus. If you’re not ashamed of Him, repost this. I bet…
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Story Changing | The Church’s Role | What is Your Church Known For?

“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”  Luke 10:2   First Church was known for their angry marches about everything from the new stop sign to a poster at the mall. Velocity Tabernacle was known for its professional musicians and stage plays, and Church…
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Story Changing | The Church’s Role | The Greatest Mission Field

“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”  Psalm 145:4   Jorge set the faded photo aside and slumped into his chair. The somber eyes of his five children gazed at him from the dated photograph, witnesses of his misdirected zeal. Those faces were eternal reminders of the ball…
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