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A Perspective on Pain

It is early Friday morning as I sit down to write out the thoughts that have been stirring in my mind about  “Pain”.  I grab my bowl of oatmeal and turn on the tv to check the news and weather.  Timing is perfect, on pops a commercial.  Here is the scenario:  several...

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I’M A WHAT?!

That’s right, you are! No matter how hard you want to run from it, escape it, dodge it, dip it or elude it; it’s going to find you. You don’t have a choice about the matter and it can be overwhelming and most assuredly should be taken seriously. Many have failed at...

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Are you Fully Convinced?

Have you ever been in a church service and felt completely unable to get out of your own head and worship? The worship team is jumping around with joy, telling you to "enter in" and you just stand there paralyzed with the thoughts of how you've messed up this...

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Joy

We’ve been talking about freedom at New Covenant Church for a while now. I think that most of us realize that Freedom is not the absence of something, but rather the presence of SOMEONE.  It will happen naturally: With more of Jesus in our lives, there will be more...

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Don’t Hinder the Children

“...some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’” Being in...

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Calling Emmanuel

Ever since I was a little girl, one of my favorite names of the Lord has been Emmanuel. Many of us know the meaning of this particular name, and we see and hear of it more often during the Christmas and holiday season, but I often wonder how much we truly let the...

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Freedom from Fear

On January 6, 1941, during his State of the Union address, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that there were four fundamental freedoms that everyone, everywhere in the world should enjoy: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want and Freedom from fear....

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Serve Somebody…with your team!

“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” -- Reid Hoffman If you have dipped, dabbled or become submersed in any level of volunteerism or servitude of  western civilization churches, you would...

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Get Uncomfortable

In today’s church, when people hear the word evangelism, they tend to squirm. Thoughts of standing on the street with signs saying “free prayer” or uncomfortably approaching people in the grocery store start rushing through our mind. Here are 3 things to help you get over feeling uncomfortable when evangelizing.

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You Can’t Go At It Alone

When my wife and I were given the honor of overseeing the youth ministry here at New Covenant Church, we had the opportunity to go a conference called Youth Pastor Summit. The conference was hosted by an organization called Student Leadership University (SLU) and it...

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