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What Does It Mean to Abide and Be Pruned? [Sermon]

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We all long to have more than a mundane life. We want to leave and impact on the world and have a sense of joy as we do so. In Jesus last words to his disciples, he gives them a beautiful picture of His role, the Father’s role and their role as they live their life for His glory....

A Pastor’s Sabbath: What to Do When Sabbath is Sporadic

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“You need to take some time off soon,” Donna said. She runs our HR department at the church. “I know. I am not good at taking time off. I have never been,” I retorted. Taking time off is not something that I despise. I love downtime. I don’t look for work just to stay busy, avoid homelife, or to “escape” reality...

5 Essential Things to Consider When Planning Communion

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Communion services are one of the most important services we have the opportunity to lead our churches in on a regular basis. Communion should never be something that becomes so routine that it loses it impact, it should also be something that is done regularly and with great intentionality. When planning a communion service, here are five things to keep...

A Book Review of “Let The Nations Be Glad!”

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Where do I find the material helpful, confusing, or frustrating?   At a young age, I was exposed to missions. I grew up in a church that was passionately sending people all over the world to do God’s work in foreign places. That same church is now the very church I pastor. Over the years our missions program has often lacked...

A Book Review of “Shift”

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Haynes, Brian. 2009. Shift: What it Takes To Finally Reach Families Today. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. 2009 There is a massive void in the church today. People are looking for clarity on how to raise children who love God, and the Church is failing to fill the gap and stand with parents in the duty of discipling their Children. Most...

Is It Safe to Travel to Israel?

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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 in downtown Chicago were far more frightening to me than any of my night walks in Israel. But let’s be honest, Israel has never known life without conflict. Israel has been...

A Book Review of “From Eden to The New Jerusalem”

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Alexander, T. Desmond,From Eden to the New Jerusalem, United States, Kregel Academic & Professional, October 13, 2009 In 2005, during my studies at the Moody Bible Institute, I was deeply moved by the scholarship and storyline of biblical theology. After understanding the differences between systematic theology and biblical theology, and respecting the rightful place and practice for each, I declared...

Is it a Sin to be Hangry?

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You've probably seen the Snickers commercials about a person who turns into something crazy just because they haven't eaten. Yet of course, upon the magical bite of a Snickers Bar®, life is suddenly better. I think Hershey had it right with this ad. When I don't eat, it is best if everyone just backs away. Today was one of those days. I...

Does Your Worship Mean Anything to God? [sermon]

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Although people were created to enjoy intimacy with God, we continually chose to value other goals, pursuits, and possessions as more beautiful and worthwhile than knowing God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we must battle a persistent root of self-centeredness is always drawing us toward self-aggrandizement over worship of God. We must worship God as He deserves...

Let’s Talk… Mark Elfstrand Interviews Josh About the Florida School Shooting

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It is always a pleasure to visit with my friends at AM 1160 in Chicago on  Let's Talk with Mark Elfstrand.  The following is the transcript of the interview done on February 20, 2018 where we discuss the recent school shooting in Florida.  Note: the content has been edited slightly for readability.     Mark Elfstrand: Well, my next guest is our...

Remembering Reverend Billy Graham

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josh weidmann remembering reverend billy graham

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God. ~Billy Graham I can remember sitting in the far back bleachers of the St. Louis arena watching Billy...

In Case You Catch Me Crying…

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It is safe to say that I am not a cryer. At least not until recently. Now my eyes seem to leak often. While I appreciate a good bought of tears now and then, I don’t cry easily. Yet, ever since the death of an officer in our community, I have found myself crying several times a day. The last...