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Bod4God: Inspiration

In Luke 10:27 Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. This is a very holistic understanding of who we are. In Hebrew thought the heart was the wellspring of volition or will-power. This week we’re going to explore how our heart is connected to our strength or physical power. Use these each day before you eat breakfast or pack your lunch...

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Bod4God: Desire for Change

In Luke 10:27 Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, soul , strength and mind. This week in our Bod4God series, let’s just try and get our mind wrapped around our strength, our physical bodily self and how it connects to our love for God....

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How does baptism affect my daily life?

Through the waters of baptism, we are given a new identity....

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The Gospel of Ruth - Ruth

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This week we’re listening for the perspective of Ruth. She enters the story as an outsider yet demonstrates unfailing love… faithfulness… loyalty… mercy… grace… kindness....

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The Gospel of Ruth - Naomi

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Naomi has had it rough! She moves from her home to a foreign land and then her husband and two sons die. Given these circumstances, it would be easy for anyone to lose hope and Naomi did lose hope. Her words are full of despair......

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The Gospel of Ruth - God

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Where is He? Where’s God? In a book planted firmly in the midst of the Old Testament, He should be there…. shouldn’t He? But at first glance, we don’t find Him ...

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The Gospel of Ruth - Boaz

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This week we’re listening for the perspective of Boaz. Of all the characters in this book, he is at home, he has connections, he has his own established security, and yet he also shows us the strength of that place in community as a launching into ministry, into hesed. Spot one instance and make a post....

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Removing the Graveclothes

What if Jesus, after raising Lazarus from the dead, had commanded each strip of grave cloth to become a butterfly? If, on His command, they flew away -- freeing Lazarus? Compared to His resurrection miracle, it would seem to be child’s play. People would have remembered it. More glory for Him. Instead, He gives His followers a simple task. “Take off the grave clothe...

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Naming the Graveclothes

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Close your eyes and watch Lazarus stumbling his way out of the tomb. He’s miraculously alive yet still dragging the things of death. We do that, too. Christ’s death and resurrection gives us new life that is not defined as a journey to death. It’s life lived now in God’s love, to be fully lived when we pass into eternity. Why do we drag the trappings of the grave a...

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Trapped in the Tomb?

Tombs deeply affect Jesus. They move him to tears. His mission in the world is to end the darkness of the tomb for all of His creation. That is incredibly good news for us, yet we turn the celebration into bunnies and chocolate. On Monday morning, we want to roll over, cover our heads, dread the day. Like Martha, we don’t want the tomb opened being sure of the stench....

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