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Teach Me to Pray Thy Kingdom Come day 2

We rejoice in God our King and pledge our lives to His kingdom....

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Teach Me To Pray Thy Kingdom Come day 1

We rejoice in God our King and pledge our lives to His kingdom....

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Teach Me to Pray Our Father Day 5

Following the model for prayer taught by Jesus we explore styles of prayer to grow more fluent in our conversation with God....

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Teach Me to Pray Our Father Day 4

Following the model for prayer taught by Jesus we explore styles of prayer to grow more fluent in our conversation with God....

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Teach Me to Pray Our Father Day 3

Following the model for prayer taught by Jesus we explore styles of prayer to grow more fluent in our conversation with God....

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Teach Me to Pray Our Father Day 2

Following the model for prayer taught by Jesus we explore styles of prayer to grow more fluent in our conversation with God....

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Teach Me to Pray Our Father Day 1

Following the model for prayer taught by Jesus we explore styles of prayer to grow more fluent in our conversation with God....

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Take It Home Resolute in Worship Day 5

Through the story of the wise men we learn to be resolute, not just make resolutions and build a life that worships Jesus. ...

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Take It Home Resolute in Worship Day 4

Through the story of the wise men we learn to be resolute, not just make resolutions and build a life that worships Jesus. ...

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Take It Home Resolute in Worship Day 3

Through the story of the wise men we learn to be resolute, not just make resolutions and build a life that worships Jesus. ...

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Take It Home Resolute in Worship Day 2

Through the story of the wise men we learn to be resolute, not just make resolutions and build a life that worships Jesus. ...

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Take It Home Resolute in Worship Day 1

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Through the story of the wisemen we learn to be resolute, not just make resolutions and build a life that worships Jesus. ...

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Take It Home The Best Christmas Gift Day 5

When the wrapping comes off there are 5 questions to ask....

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Take It Home The Best Christmas Gift Day 4

After the wrapping comes off, there are 5 questions to ask....

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Take It Home The Perfect Christmas Gift Day 3

After the wrapping comes off, there are 5 questions to ask....

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Take It Home The Perfect Christmas Gift Day 2

After the wrapping comes off, there are 5 questions to ask....

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Take It Home The Perfect Christmas Gift Day 1

When the wrapping comes off, there are 5 questions to ask....

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Advent: Behold Day 5

Gabriel announces that the long-awaited Messiah with the command, “Behold!” We see and respond with words and deeds that reveal the same good news....

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Advent: Behold Day 4

Gabriel announces that the long-awaited Messiah with the command, “Behold!” We see and respond with words and deeds that reveal the same good news....

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Advent: Behold Day 3

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Gabriel announces that the long-awaited Messiah with the command, “Behold!” We see and respond with words and deeds that reveal the same good news....

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Advent: Behold Day 2

Gabriel announces that the long-awaited Messiah with the command, “Behold!” We see and respond with words and deeds that reveal the same good news....

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Advent: Behold Day 1

Gabriel announces that the long-awaited Messiah with the command, “Behold!” We see and respond with words and deeds that reveal the same good news....

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Take It Home Advent: Rejoice Day 5

We rejoice in Jesus' victory over sin and death...

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Take It Home Advent: Rejoice Day 4

We rejoice in Jesus even in our struggles....

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Take It Home Advent: Rejoice Day 3

We rejoice in Jesus with good reason....

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Take It Home Advent: Rejoice day 2

As we rejoice in Jesus we are moved to action that adds joy to another life....

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Take It Home Advent: Rejoice Day 1

We rejoice in Jesus and bring His joy to others...

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Take It Home: Prepare for Jesus Day 5

We prepare for Jesus with Integrity. Reflections on Luke 3:10-14...

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Take It Home: Prepare for Jesus Day 4

We prepare for Jesus with Care. Reflections on Matthew 25:5-10...

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Take It Home: Prepare for Jesus Day 3

We prepare for Jesus with gentleness like His. Isaiah 42:1-4...

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Take It Home: Prepare for Jesus Day 2

We prepare for Jesus with diligence. Reflections on 1 Peter 3:3-15...

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Take It Home: Prepare for Jesus Day 1

We Prepare for Jesus with a turnaround. Reflections on Mark 1:2-4...

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Advent: Watching for Jesus Day 5

We reflect on how we watch and wait for Jesus with hope....

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Advent: Watching for Jesus Day 4

We reflect on how we watch and wait for Jesus with joy....

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Advent: Watching for Jesus Day 3

We reflect on how we watch and wait for Jesus patiently....

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Advent: Watching for Jesus Day 2

We reflect on how we watch and wait for Jesus with expectancy....

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Advent: Watching for Jesus Day 1

Today we reflect on how we watch and wait for Jesus with love....

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We Are a Growing Family Day 5

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Your gifts are from the Holy Spirit...

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We Are a Growing Family Day 4

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Growing into Christ...

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We Are Family Day 3

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Jesus gives us the gifts to grow the Trinity Family....

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We are a growing Family - Day 2

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Our Family connection at Trinity ...

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We Are a Growing Family Day 1

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The Great Commission turns our focus outward....

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Take it Home During This is Us Series

During the "This is Us" series, the "Take It Home" format will be changing slightly. Instead of one post containing a weeks worth of devotions, each day a devotion will be posted. If you subscribe through a reader, you should see posts appearing more often. If you would like to have each post emailed to you Monday-Friday, contact Marge.Franzen@tlc4u.org....

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On The Attack

There’s nothing like looking through arrow slots and walking ramparts to begin to understand the fine art of siege warfare back in the days of walled citadels. Walls are very formidable to attackers, but the weakest place is the opening at the gate. Lots of engineering and design go into strengthening the gate. Many towers look over the gate. Many arrow slots are aimed a...

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The Subtle War: Tactics 101

Here’s Satan’s first appearance in the account of our early days in God’s creation being crafty and asking a question that insinuates that either Eve’s recollection is wrong, or the direction given by God is a liability. That’s the thing to look for in life, the places where you question your own conscience that has been shaped by God’s authority, or you entert...

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The Open War: Tactics 201

The prophet Zechariah is pulling back the curtain so we can see the Spiritual Warfare going on. He shows us Jeshua, a priest who has lead a motley crew from exile in Babylon back to Jerusalem to rebuild God’s Kingdom. It’s a daunting, discouraging task. And there’s Satan accusing, making it clear that Jeshua is not up to it. I like God’s refusal to even entertain t...

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Know It!

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:9&10 ESV If you’ve heard of the title War of the Worlds, you’ve probably heard of Orson Welles famous radio adaption in 1938. Welles’ broadcasts about ali...

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Worship Under Fire

This week we will see that there are two responses to the kingdom of God: The first response is to worship God, which leads to peace, courage, and life. The second response is to worship something else, which only leads to insecurity, oppression, and self-destruction. The ramifications of our choice are profound....

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Whose You Are

What happens when you’ve been stripped of all you’ve known? When the place you call home is taken from you and you are a stranger in a strange land?...

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The Amazon App

Our culture is one of self-reliance, impatience, and instant gratification. Materialism whispers in our ear to promote, primp, indulge our outer self. What happens when your inner self and your outer existence collide leaving you spinning, no longer feeling you can rely on your own timing because, in hindsight, when you did, things went awry? ...

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Apps4Life: Camera

Many of us are taking all kinds of pictures using the camera apps on our phones. We record special events, use pictures to accompany text, send our pictures to friends and family via Facebook, Instagram, etc. AND… many people are addicted to taking pictures of themselves - better known as selfies. Like so many attitudes and actions of the 21st century, the selfie epi...

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Bod4God: Your Team

From the beginning of the world God placed people into community. We are not intended to live independently. Bound together under the wisdom of God, we are far more able to live and prosper. Even when we read about individuals like David or Paul, they are set in the middle of a community. God tells us His story through the people (plural) of God....

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Bod4God: Eating and Exercise

James 1:5 (ESV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. As a child of God, charged up by the Holy Spirit with a desire to play a role in His Kingdom, you’ve assessed and identified one thing you’d like to change to be a healthier servant of God. Seek God’s wisdom and make a plan. The spi...

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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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Jesus Walks into a Bar and Speaks with a Christian

Jesus tells a Christian: “I always have been and I always will be.” The Christian asks, “What do you mean?” And Jesus replies, “God was looking at His creation and saw that you needed to be saved not only from each other but from yourselves, sin and darkness....

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One of His Own

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Jesus ...

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The Heart of the Matter

What’s your gut reaction to words like Islam, Muslim, Allah, Quran? For most, I believe, it’s fear. How will Islam impact our lives?...

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A God Who Brings Relief!

Jesus teaches that suffering is a result of sin and is the byproduct of life in a broken and sinful world, and can be brought to a God-pleasing end. He teaches that taking on suffering brings redemption....

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Reincarnation

For the Hindu, you are an eternal being that has been “reincarnated” in your present form. You may not have a memory of your previous incarnations, but you have always existed and will continue to exist in future incarnations once this current life is done. ...

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Jesus Walks into a Bar

Simply put, everything cannot be true. You cannot say all religions are true unless you are willing to open the door for the reverse, that all religions are false...

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Them: Salt and Light

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offers Bible passages to reconsider, a personal story to see through other eyes, and exercises in personal reflection and prayer. This week we turn the corner taking action. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use these in moving you along in your journey of reconciliation with God and with all of His people....

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Them: Divided We Fall

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The Take It Home in this series offers Bible passages to reconsider, a personal story to see through other eyes, and exercises in personal reflection and prayer. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use these in bringing you along in your journey or reconciliation with God and with all of His people....

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When God Gives a Dream

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The Take It Home in this series offers Bible passages to reconsider, a personal story to see through other eyes, and an exercise in personal reflection and prayer. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use these in bringing you along in your journey or reconciliation with God and with all of His people....

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What is Baptism

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Through our baptism, we can live a new life of faith and hope now and on into God’s eternal kingdom. Let’s pause on some specific passages that help us see the results of that statement in our lives. Now is not only the time to celebrate the gift of baptism, but to dive into the new life baptism gives us....

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How do we stay focused?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Clarity -- focusing on our mission is key to moving ahead as a congregation. "Strive for excellence, promote fraternity, serve the
community, educate the family, care for seniors, grow our memb...

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What do we do?

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This week, we focus on “What should we do?” God’s Word is not a simple list of instructions… “do this….do that”. It is a beautiful mixture of the Gospel grace and encouragement. Perfect Love from a perfect God! Reread today’s passage from Hebrews and let the Holy Spirit speak to you from the highlighted phrases. Where is he drawing your attention? Who is he...

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How Do We Behave?

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Our Trinity answer is to look, live, and love more like Jesus. We take the complex journey of following Jesus step by step, attitude by attitude, action by action, a journey of becoming. Here’s a paraphrased message from God for you to keep handy on the journey. ...

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Why are we here?

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The verses from John 10:1-10 have caused me to sit and meditate for days until like a slow wave the meaning was revealed and I could no longer unsee what was so vividly made clear to me. ...

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The Sign

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“Just follow the signs,” I tell people coming to town on the interstate. It sounds simple but inanimate signs, even voiced sign posts on your GPS direction system often prove hard to follow. All of the images we’ve been looking at in Isaiah are things. Their tangibility makes the meaning of the message very accessible. But this week the sign lives and breathes. This ...

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The Oasis

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Another image for the coming messianic age in Isaiah is an oasis. A stream of water in the middle of the dry land. A pool in the desert. Water is often used as a symbol for God’s provision and blessing in the Bible. ...

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The Shoot

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The Green shoot, would bring light, hope and salvation for all. The Green Shoot was the promised Messiah....

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Experiencing God

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You come to know God by experience as you obey him and he accomplishes his work through you....

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The Moutain

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Throughout the book of Isaiah we find prophecies pointing to the Messianic Age. The fulfillment of these prophecies can be found in the coming of Jesus that first Christmas, in the life of His people today, and when He comes again. ...

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Adjust Your Life

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You must make major adjustments to your life in order to join God in what he is doing....

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God’s Invitation Leads to Action

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God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action....

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God Speaks

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God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, circumstances, and the church to reveal himself, his purposes and his ways. Memory Verse: “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” Hebrews 1:1...

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God's Invitation

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God invites you to become involved with him in his work. Memory Verse: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13 (NLT) ...

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God is pursuing you.

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God created us for a love relationship with Him. Isn’t that amazing! The God of the universe; the God of Love; created us to Yada Him. Truth be told, that can be a little overwhelming. ...

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God is at Work

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Memory Verse: But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working. … Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he sh...

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Knowing God

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The theme for the week is the nearness of God, the intimacy/immediacy/tangibility of our relationship with him. Knowing Him!...

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The Presence of God in the Midst of Tears

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Our tears often can connect us with God in ways we would not have seen before, for in our sadness and despair we come to see that God is not absent, but mourns with us and, ultimately, brings us through tears to healing....

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Songs of the Heart: Anger

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Do you ever tremble with anger inside? Anger over sin? -- The sin of your children, your spouse, your leaders? ...

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Songs of the Heart: Guilt

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Like the driver who has been pulled over for speeding and understandably feels the shame of being caught, so we feel the guilt and shame when we know God has caught us in our sin. We know better. After all, we’ve done it a thousand other times....

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Faith in the Face of Fear

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Ever since our fall into sin, our lives are plagued with fear. One of the greatest barriers to dealing with our fears is not expressing them ...

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The Sacraments (Baptism & Communion)

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God gives us his Word, not only on the pages of the Bible, but in a way we can experience! In the waters of Baptism God acts to give us his Spirit. We receive the gift of faith and new life. We are made his children. Through the Lord’s Supper we receive his body and blood with the bread and wine. Because of this, we receive forgiveness, life, and salvation. In these ...

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Strengthen Your Core: Original Sin

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Sin… it is not a word we use very often in casual conversation. If we even allow for the concept, we put it on a sliding scale. We compare ourselves to others and generally, we come out some place in the middle, not too bad, not the best (thank you, Mother Theresa for ruining the curve!), but good enough....

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The Authority of Scripture: Why I Read the Bible

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You have to remember; God’s Word wasn’t always that Holy Bible you have bound as a book sitting on your shelf. God has been revealing himself from the beginning… todays text says from the very first spoken “Let there be” Word, later revealed to the world as Jesus. As God continued to reveal himself to the people of His creation, they found ways to make note, reme...

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Strengthening Your Core

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A survey of the “gods” of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome tells much about sinful man and more about the nature of God. The list is long and varied ...

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Current Events: Chaos!

... Then Genesis 3 and 4 tell how chaos slipped back in to mar the majesty of God’s creation. In chapter 3 Adam throws Eve under the bus, “the woman you gave me…” hmmm, is he blaming Eve or God for the mess they’re in? In chapter 4 Cain, the first born of the new creation kills his brother and in five generations Lamech boasts of killing someone for bruising him....

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Margin: I Just Can't Take It Any More!

Jesus knows something about the human failure rate for running on fumes. First you have to fill the tank before you drive, then you have to refill after you've taken a long run. We see him using and training his disciples in the rhythm of rest for work, and rest from work. Our desperate cries of exhaustion show that this is a lesson we need....

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Margin: I Don't Have Enough Money!

Jesus talked a lot about economics in a culture that for most people meant subsistence living, what we would call paycheck to paycheck with some lay-offs scattered into the mix. If people in that setting needed to be told to consider the lilies of the field, what would he preach here in DuPage County? ...

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Margin: I Don't Have Enough Time

I constantly say I want to make some time to… How silly of me! I can't make time. God made time when he set up the world with days and nights, months and years, finite in the stream of His eternity. My personal supply of time is totally in His hands. How I use it is in my hands....

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Life Without Margin

We belong to God. Adam and Eve had to understand that in a very concrete way. Genesis 2 shows us a very hands-on picture of God forming Adam and constructing Eve. His garden was there home. Their success and happiness came from the provision of His hand....

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