Gratitude and Joy
Sep22

Gratitude and Joy

Gratitude and Joy   Like many of us, when I was sixteen I got my first car. I had spent the three previous summers working at the local auto shop and saved just enough money to buy a 1992 Ford Explorer. I was excited about my new car. It meant that I could go where I wanted to go when I wanted to go there. It meant no more waiting for mom or dad to pick me up from practice. It meant I could possibly go on a date without mom...

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Liturgy
Sep15

Liturgy

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.   And God said….   And it was.   And God said…   And it was so.   And it was all good.     Words wield great power. Scripture speaks to God using merely words alone to create reality, planets, galaxies, gravity, birds, clouds, humans,...

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Stop Running
Sep14

Stop Running

Stop Running   [7] And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. [8] Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” [9] And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the...

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Chasing
Sep09

Chasing

Chasing   In verses 1-3, we see God call Jonah to go to Ninevah, but instead of embracing the call of God, what does he do? He runs. In his sin and his shame, he jumps on a boat and runs from God. We all do this. We all run. In our sin and our shame we run. Now, the question in our story is, “What is God going to do with Jonah?” Better yet, “What does God do with us?” What does He do with a people who look at His call and say,...

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Running
Sep03

Running

Running Jonah 1:1-3 When I was in second grade, I had my first crush. Most of us can remember the season of life when the opposite sex stopped repulsing us and all of a sudden began stirring our affections for love. Her name was Stephanie. We had been friends since kindergarten, and I felt that it was time to take our friendship to the next level. That morning at breakfast I told all of my friends my new revelation about how I felt...

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Liturgy Night
Sep03

Liturgy Night

  For the past nine months or so I have been praying over an idea for a worship service for our church. The idea of this service is as equally foreign to our Baptist culture as it is organic and natural to me. The core of the idea of this service would be to focus on Scripture, prayer, and meditation and allow for as much interaction and involvement for all people as possible.    This idea was birthed from seeking God on how to...

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