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Celebrating Our Unity Amidst Our Diversity in the Church

The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace I recall once doing a leadership conference in the Dominican Republic for both Dominican pastors and Haitian pastors. The first part of the conference was, to say the least, quite eye-opening, as most of these leaders from two different countries sat opposite one another, clearly with deeply settled resentment and disdain tow...

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When Sermons Become Songs

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The State of Our Hearts I love white noise. It's the sound created by combining countless different frequencies together into a single, complex concoction. White noise has the powerful ability to block out all of the other sounds and distractions around you. Whether you're trying to get work done at a bustling coffee shop, or some RR in a home of screaming toddlers, whi...

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Evidences of God's Grace

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The Fruit-Bearing Work of the Spirit Things will never be ideal on this earth. We understand that because we are sinners, imperfect and inadequate, we will always fall short of God's perfect standard. At the very moment of our salvation, we came to realize that our sin was great, but that Christ is a greater Savior. This recognition of our utter unworthiness and inabili...

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Christ, Our All-Sufficiency

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Complete in Him Not too long ago someone asked me, "Kempiz, you are nearing three years of serving in your current role. What has been the greatest thing God has taught you?" Aside from my immediate thought, "Three years is nothing..." the answer was an easy one, but admittedly, not profound, "I am weak, but Jesus is strong." This is the greatest lesson God has taught me ...

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A Heavenly Perspective

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Perspective changes everything. A student may panic from receiving a C+ on their latest exam, but knowing that they've already been accepted into their favorite grad school can lessen the blow. A person may freak out at seeing a $1,000 credit card balance, but knowing that a $3,000 check is coming in the mail may alleviate some of that stress. And a guy planning on prop...

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Meet Our New Youth Pastor, Summer Camp & More

Introducing Alex Mastrolonardo, our new Youth Pastor, beginning full-time on June 1st! ...

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Doers of the Word

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Appropriating the Truth CH Spurgeon once said, "The same sun which melts wax hardens clay. And the same Gospel which melts some persons to repentance hardens others in their sins." This quote reminds me that the Word of God is going to have an impact in my life, whether I fully realize it or not. If I reject it, my heart will grow hardened, cold, indifferent, and callous ...

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Our Sure Hope

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season Recently, while on a walk, I paused to observe people tossing coins, as they closed their eyes (perhaps praying?), into a water fountain located in a nearby shopping area. In particular, one elderly woman, heavily disabled, caught my attention. As she shed a few tears, prayed a prayer, and then tossed a coin into the water fountain, it...

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The Church as Family

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ I remember growing up and often hearing the statement, "blood is thicker than water." Usually, the statement was said in the context of remembering that one's biological or physical family was more important, and more enduring, than people in the church. When I became a Christian, all of a sudden the statement made all of the sense in the wo...

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Spiritual Nurturing

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Life-On-Life Discipleship Some time ago I read the horrifying news of a mother who, for whatever tragic reason, decided to dump her newborn baby in a local trash dump. Why did she do it? Perhaps she was scared, in despair, or just plain hateful. When we hear of news like this, we are literally shocked beyond belief! I mean, what kind of mother would do such a thing?! Sure...

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