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Feb
21

“Loving Your Neighbor” Redefined

Picket fence neighborhood

By Kristin My husband and I started praying regularly for our neighborhood last spring.  At the time, we were on the cusp of marriage and eagerly anticipating a new life together – cultivating a garden, working on our 1920’s Craftsman-style bungalow, enjoying home-cooked meals together after work, and getting to know our neighbors.   We prayed…
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Jan
30

Does Following Jesus Mean Giving Up My Ambition?

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“One’s life must matter, beyond all the cooking and cleaning and the children! One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing a teacup.” So said a young Miss Thatcher in response to her boyfriend’s wedding proposal. These were her terms of agreement. Fortunately for him, she also said “yes”. Margaret Thatcher was…
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Jan
29

The Mission of God and the Madness of His People: A God Too Compassionate

stone church with trees surrounding it

  Why does the book of Jonah end the way it does?  How are we like Jonah?  What is Jonah’s contribution to Old Testament Theology? We asked Art Azurdia…   Listen to sermon (Jonah 4:1-11): What is the effect of placing verses 5-11 after 1-4, thought it appears 1-4 occur chronologically prior to 5-11? I…
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Jan
28

5 Things to Remember When It Comes to Church Size

scratchboard of cityscape

I have had the privilege to serve as a coach to pastors for over 15 years, and I’ve noticed that it does not take long in the coaching relationship for the topic of church size to come up. I’ve also noticed that some pastors approach church growth with health and wholeness while others struggle with…
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Jan
22

The Mission of God and the Madness of His People: A Portrait of Real Repentance, Part 3

Church in green field.

Does the average Christian have an adequate grasp of God’s eagerness to forgive?  How should the grace of God affect our leadership?  How should preachers handle concepts such as God’s ‘immutability’? We asked Art Azurdia… Listen to sermon (Jonah 3:10): Do you think this is a foreign idea to many people; that God is eager…
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