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Learning to Love God for More Than His Gifts

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.6MB) Savoring Christ There is almost never a day that goes by where I am not reminded to keep “Christ...
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5 under 5: Christmas Song, Entertainment Weekly and Great Reads

5 under 5: Christmas Song and Great Reads

Watch: Elizabeth Hunnicutt’s “God of Hope” video  This woman has an amazing voice and a great heart for God. She has been at our church twice in the last 30...
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4 Great Joys that Come From Being Honest with God

The last shepherd to return from gathering firewood dropped a meager load of sticks on the ground beside the sputtering fire. He looked at his partners huddled close to the...
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Free Counseling Notes Template

As a counselor, taking notes is one of the most important parts of my job.   The details shared with me in a counseling session are sensitive and critical, so...
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The Joy of a Life Story Written By God

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.5MB) So I was reading this passage in the Bible the other day it struck me hard…Check this out. In...
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A Warning Message for Pride (Acts 12:2-24)

A Warning Message for Pride (Acts 12:2-24)

Augustine said, “Pride is the mother that gives birth to all other sins.” If we do not keep our pride in check, we will find ourselves opposing God and trying...
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The First Thanksgiving and a Grateful Heart

Do you remember as a kid making those turkeys out of a traced handprint or a pinecone? Do you remember the stories about the pilgrims and Indians in elementary school?...
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Summary of the Seven Keys to “Strategic Pastoral Counseling” by David Benner

Introduction Counseling within the church context can is full with its challenges. Knowing what to offer it to your congregation and the boundaries that should exist within your counseling ministry...
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Finding God’s Love in the Midst of Suffering

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:03 — 3.6MB) I gotta tell you this story. A girl named Cecilia waited to talk to me one night after I...
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4 Ways to Make Your Time With God More Effective

4 Ways to Make Your Time With God More Effective

We all have a desire to leave our mark on this world. We want to our life to count for more than just taking up space on earth. We want...
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What Does It Mean to Live a Holy Life?

As an experiment, the great scientist Isaac Newton stared at the image of the Sun reflected in a mirror. The brightness burned into his retina, and he suffered temporary blindness....
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Chief of Sinners Saved for You (Acts 9:1-19)

Saul’s Conversion: Chief of Sinners Saved for You (Acts 9:1-19)

God saves His people from all sorts of things. Their past tells a story of redemption for God’s glory that cannot be denied—this was certainly the case for Saul. In...
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When All Else Fails (Acts 6:8-15)

Finding Hope When All Else Fails (Acts 6:8-15)

We all long for peace, especially in times of turmoil. When our life is under pressure or upset in someway, we often do whatever we can in our own strength...
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Advice for Pastor and Preachers from Alistair Begg

Advice for Pastor and Preachers from Alistair Begg

It was my privilege to be able to interview long-time pastor and preaching , Alistair Begg, about ministry and preaching. As a young preacher, I was so enriched by all...
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Our Great Reward is God Himself (Acts 7:54-8:3)

Our Great Reward is God Himself (Acts 7:54-8:3)

Suffering is never something we desire, but to suffer well should be the desire of our heart. In this message we looked at the last seconds of Stephen’s life in Acts...
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6 Questions Every Accountability Partner Should Ask

What would a forest be if it were not packed with trees? Imagine a forest of only 10 trees… 5 trees… 2 trees… That’s not a forest at all. A...
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7 Essential Ways I Balance Work and Family

As a leader and pastor, one of my greatest struggles to is balancing time between work and family.  Everyday this is under attack as the demands of the urgent things...
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Honest to God (Sermon)

In this message I share the 6 roadblocks to why we are not honest with God. I believe that if we were totally transparent with God we would experience greater...
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Creating a Work Culture Where People Want to Stay

Have you ever hated your place of work? Maybe you loved your job, but the place you perform the work is less than desirable. I’ve been there too and had...
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Keeping Less So We Can Have More of Life

One of my new favorite pastimes is to get rid of things. Over the last few decades of life, I have managed to collect boxes of keepsakes, paraphernalia and “I...
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The Beginning of Wisdom (Acts 5:1-11)

The Beginning of Wisdom (Acts 5:1-11)

God takes our integrity very seriously. In this message we look at the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 5:1-11. While God was interested in their generosity, he was...
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The Secret to a Highly Productive Day

What side of the bed did you wake up on? Mornings are really important to me, so I guess you could say that even if I don’t wake up on...
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How to Love God Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) | Embed Transcript: We all have dreams and desires. For example, I would love to travel most of Europe, see the Grand Canyon,...
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Is Your Criticism Having the Opposite Effect You Hoped For?

Some of the kindest people in my life have said the hardest things. They hoped to cause a change, but instead caused grief. Maybe you have felt this way too....
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Preserved by Him, Phased By Nothing: Lessons from Joshua 1

Transcript:  “I Promise, I promise I promise.” We often will say these words wether we mean them or not. My grandma use to say that we make “Pie Crust Promises.”...
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Engage in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

There are hundreds of causes that we can engage with on a daily basis. While they are all important, few deal with human dignity and the preservation of the image...
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Training I Pursued to Preach Better

My job is to help people. While all jobs have some bad days, this is one that I enjoy even on the worst days. However, I know that my primary...
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God’s Love Finds Us in Unexpected Places

In the heat of the summer night, Carrie stood in line to get in. Her hair was all done up. Her make-up was perfect. Her cloths were in style and probably...
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Git Rid of Shame and Find Freedom

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) We’ve all got ‘em – those secret mistakes we never want anyone to know. The things we delight in when we are...
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Sufficent Savior: Embracing Christ in Our Deepest Need (Acts 4:1-12)

Sufficent Savior: Embracing Christ in Our Deepest Need (Acts 4:1-12)

Here are my Study Notes on Acts 4.1-12 Related posts: Our Great Reward is God Himself (Acts 7:54-8:3) The Beginning of Wisdom (Acts 5:1-11) Unstoppable: Becoming A Community Propelled By...
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How to Make the Most of Radom Downtime

I to try and make every moment of my life count. This is partially because I believe my life is a vapor, quickly fading (James 4:14). It is also because...
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Finding the Courage to Get Back in the Game When You Don’t Feel Like It

My dad was a linebacker for the Air Force Academy football team, and he told me this story:  After the huddle broke, he approached the line. My dad is a...
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3 Keys for Effective Ministry at Camp with Youth

3 Keys for Effective Ministry at Camp with Youth

Let’s face it – connecting with youth doesn’t always come naturally. There are times in our youth ministry where we say something we wish we wouldn’t have or we have...
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Unstoppable: Becoming A Community Propelled By The Spirit (Acts 2:42-47)

Unstoppable: Becoming A Community Propelled By The Spirit (Acts 2:42-47)

Related posts: Sufficent Savior: Embracing Christ in Our Deepest Need (Acts 4:1-12) The Beginning of Wisdom (Acts 5:1-11) Our Great Reward is God Himself (Acts 7:54-8:3)
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Learning to Love God Even When I Don’t Feel Like It

 [To listen to a audio version of this post done for Moody Radio, click play above] Wanting to be closer to God is something that all of us should long....
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