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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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