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07.25.15, Janae

Four Things I Learned From My Little Sister

As a kid, I hated it when my sister had her birthday. It meant nothing but girl parties, painted nails, princesses, and all of my little sister’s friends that I thought...
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Colossians: Find True Life in Christ (Colossians 2:8-15)

Have you ever felt empty? A life without God will lead to emptiness. God knew that so He sent His Son to make us fully alive in Christ. Through faith,...
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Do The Hard Things First

The Key to Maximizing Your Efficiency Daily

“Do the Hard Things First.” I recently heard this principle from Greg McKeown, but I am sure my parents taught it to me long ago. It was probably the reason...
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God’s Secret Plan to Save Your Soul (Colossians 1:24-2:7)

Knowing the person of Christ and the power of the Gospel is the believer’s best protection against deception. In this passage we see the mystery of God revealed as His...
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Steadfast Faith in an Unchanging Savior (Colossians 1:15-23)

(audio only available for this message) Christ is God and always has been! Since the beginning of time, He came in human form to show us the invisible God. Christ’s...
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Dispel the Myth that What You Do is Who

Unleash Your True Potential

I am a professional extrovert. It surprises most people who have seen me preach in front of large crowds that I am not energized by being with people. Crowds are...
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What is the Gospel? (Colossians 1:1-14)

(audio only available for this message) As the letter to Colossians begins, Paul gives thanks to God for the faith, love, and hope they have in Jesus. He established that...
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3 Reasons

Creating Your Perfect Preaching Space

“Let’s get rid of the pulpit,” were some of my first words when starting my first senior pastor role in 2009. I was preparing to preach every week, which was...
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Five or Less Sentence Email Replies

Email has a way of controlling our lives. Think about it, we can get in the rut of doing nothing but responding to hours of emails every day. As fast...
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06.24.15 For All Its Worth

The Building Blocks of a Biblical Life

Finding the heart of God requires dedication to study the Bible. Let’s face it, sometimes, the Bible is difficult to understand. If we diligently observe, interpret, and apply the Scriptures,...
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06.24.15 For All Its Worth

How to Develop a Heart After God

The Bible is not just an ancient book, but it is a relevant guide for discerning life choices. How do we allow God’s Word to affect our minds and emotions?...
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This Way Out

Anger at God is a Dead End Street

In last week’s podcast, we began our conversation about what to do with God doesn’t act the way we would like Him to act. In our first part of looking...
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What You May Be Missing In your Prayer Life

What You May Be Missing In your Prayer Life

Do you know about the guy named Asaph in the Old Testament who truly shared with God what was on his mind? Asaph was a temple worship leader. He must...
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06.24.15 For All Its Worth

5 Mistakes We Make When Reading the Bible

The Bible is not an ancient, irrelevant letter. It is a guide for living in our modern world with passion, focus, and purpose. We will gain a greater understanding of...
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06.04.15 Why staying mad at God post

The Mercy of God is Relentless

Let’s be honest, life hurts. There are times where God doesn’t seem to act the way we want Him to act (which shouldn’t surprise us, but it still does). So...
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Where is God in My Fear and Pain?

A story of a storm in my life: We all have those moments in life that we will never forget. You know the ones: where you can seem to recount...
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A New Way to Think About Downtime

A New Way to Think About Downtime

I don’t rest well. I find a way to get busy doing something with every minute of my day. While I think it is good to be efficient and as...
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05.20.15, Three Ways Save Marraige Post

What it takes to Keep Falling in Love in Marriage

I have been formally counseling married people for over three years now, and the one thing I hear more than anything is, “We’ve fallen out of love.” Let me start...
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Plan Well to Preach well

How To Prepare to Preach Expository Sermons for Maximum Impact

Preaching well is not something I simply strive to do, it is something I am called to do. When I sit to plan my preaching the weight of that calling...
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05.13.15, Podcast Post

Art and God: Podcast interview with Jake Weidmann

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:03 — 35.8MB) There are few people I am more proud of in my life than my brother, Jake. Take last night...
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God’s Most Unfair Trade (Mark 8:31-38)

God’s Most Unfair Trade (Mark 8:31-38)

“The Gospel calls for our life!” This was the message I wanted to leave with the congregation I love at Mission Hills. I cannot remember a sermon that was harder...
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Following the call of the Lord

I have something exciting to share! Two days ago I received a call from the Grace Chapel elders. They were all on speaker phone, calling me from an evening elder...
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Israel Tour 2015 Update One

Today we are in the Galilee region staying in the city of Tiberius. We started our time here by having a night out on the town (we arrived late) and...
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Why Joppa (Jaffa) Israel is Important to Our Lives Today

Today I am in Joppa which is the southern end of the city today called Tel Aviv. The port of Joppa was of great significance in both the Old and...
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03.23.15 Holy Land post

How a Trip to Israel Can Change Your Life

Sometimes the most significant things in life sneak up on us. My first trip to Israel was one surprising moment after the other. I joined a tour that was already...
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03.23.15 repitition post

Why Repeating Yourself Can be Worth It

Communication is the crux of all relationships. We live with people who we love and some we merely stand. No matter the nature of the relationship, we want to make...
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How to Overcome Complacency with Conviction (Acts 17:1-15)

How to Overcome Complacency with Conviction (Acts 17:1-15)

In this message, we look at the Macedonia journey that Paul and Silas took in the first century, as recorded in Acts 17. From their life we can see the...
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Four Essentials for Perseverance (Acts 14:8-24)

Four Essentials for Perseverance (Acts 14:8-24)

The Christian life is a journey that requires strength, courage and perseverance. In this message, we will look at the first missionary journey of Paul and learn four key attitudes...
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2.22.15 Israel Safe post

Is It Safe to Travel to Israel?

Listen to an interview I did with Shalom Almog in Israel, the owner of Coral Tours: I’ve been to Israel many times and never felt unsafe. The times I spent...
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2.10.15 counseling quickly post

Avoid the Tragedy of Counseling Too Quickly

A few days ago some of the counselors and I were jesting about starting a drive-thru counseling service. We laughed at the thought of people taking advantage of this quick...
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01.12.15 mentoring post

Why Life without a Mentor is a Bad Idea

Mentoring has always been important to me. My father played a significant role in my development of valuing outside voices of wisdom. Through our man-to-man relationship, I realize the importance...
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Undone: God’s Redemption Plan for Reconciling People To Himself (Acts 10:23-48)

Undone: God’s Redemption Plan for Reconciling People To Himself (Acts 10:23-48)

God has no partiality in who he saves and who he does not – so why do Christians so often act as if some people are not good enough for...
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10 Resources for Counseling Marriage Conflict

Prepare and Enrich Prepare and Enrich is a tool that was designed by Dr. David Olsen to help evaluate the health of a couple’s relationship. This tool can be used...
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Is It Okay to Be Mad at God?

Anger is the aircraft carrier in the fleet of our emotions. Not only because of its massive size, but also its ability to do harm because from it proceeds a...
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01.03.15 wolf in sheep's clothing post

Why You Need to Avoid Hypocrites Completely

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:00 — 2.3MB) Have you ever heard the phrase – “A wolf in sheep’s clothing?” It’s a statement that is often used...
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