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The Long Road
The Long Road by Sam Ward

We are still sleep-deprived and happy after the birth of our son.  He was born two weeks ago so I've have had a small amount of time (mostly around 3 AM in the morning) to reflect on what God has been up to over the last two years. When we started this journey, we thought that we would…

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Real Poverty - Anna Edgar’s Story
Real Poverty - Anna Edgar’s Story by Erin Stringer

My story begins when I was five and my father left.  My parents were separated for a few years before the divorce, but our financial poverty began when he walked out.  Taking my brother with him, my mother was left with four girls to raise alone.  Although my mother worked incredibly hard…

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Worship Attitudes: Eagerly Expectant by Sam Ward

Have you ever waited expectantly for news from the doctor?  How about an adoption agency?  That's where I am right now, waiting constantly for the phone to ring.  When it does, I jump. "Hello?"  But instead of the doctor or the adoption agency, it's a business call.  "Oh, hi," I…

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You Might Be Religious If… by Dennis Miller

You Might Be Religious If . . . You care more about the RULES than meeting NEEDS of people. You MAJOR on the MINORS, caring more about what people think of you than what God thinks of you. You love to be RECOGNIZED as important. You have very little POSITIVE input into…

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Holy Week 2016 by Erin Stringer

March 19-27, 2016 Palm Sunday (options): Saturday 5:00 pm (regular nursery and children's programming provided) Saturday 6:30 pm (no nursery or children's programming) Sunday, 9:00 am (regular nursery and children's programming provided) Sunday 10:30 am (regular…

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3 Worship Attitudes: Desperately Dependent by Sam Ward

Last week, I finished teaching a CORE class call "True Worship" with the challenge to hold fast until the day we are numbered with the worshipers of God in heaven.  Until then, we can experience God's Holy Spirit every day.  But let's be honest. We don't.  I don't. Why?  God is always…

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Prioritize: Live a Worthy Life by Dennis Miller

Ephesians 4 (NIV) 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of…

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The Gift of Worship by Sam Ward

Last night, my daughter was getting ready for bed.  She suddenly said, “Mommy, want to talk to you.  In PRIVATE.” I looked up suddenly.  What was so important and secret that she could only say it in private without her Daddy?  I was concerned.  I started wondering…worrying…and…

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5 Ways to Pray for Persecuted Christians by Sam Ward

This morning, I had a breakfast meeting with a friend.  We talked about our lives at work, as husbands and as fathers.  We also talked about what God was doing in our lives.  There is stress that we are dealing with and we want to be present with our families while doing our best work. …

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Missing God’s Perspective by Guest Blogger

There is nothing so unique about this testimony, but I believed that God wanted me to share it and helped me write it. I believe it is relatable.  Pastor Denny, a few weeks ago, said that sometimes people just don't take the opportunity to be baptized. And it struck me that I did in…

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