Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

        As I reflect on the Bible’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, one unlikely phrase has lingered on my mind and heart. It’s found in Mark chapter 16, where Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother of James, are walking early...
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Beyond the Sermon: Our First Allegiance

            When I was born, I had a different identity. I had a different first name, a different surname, and I belonged to a different family. But God had other plans for me. The family of my birth lovingly gave me to another family who were...
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Beyond the Sermon: Reaching the Next Generation

I left church last Sunday energized by Pastor Ken’s perspective-changing sermon on reaching the next generation. God had put it on my heart to write last week’s blog post about some of the things Pastor Ken had just preached about, and I was excited to go home and...
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Beyond the Sermon: Overflow

  As Pastor Larry spoke last week about living in the overflow, and God’s desire to bless us abundantly as we seek Him first, I was challenged, not just in how I invest my finances, but in how I spend my time and energy. Though there are many jobs that can leave us...
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Beyond the Sermon: What are You Believing?

When my Oma was a teenager, the Nazi front line was advancing. The quiet town in Poland where she’d lived would soon be caught in between the armies of the Germans and the Russians. It would have been a terrifying time, with violence expected from all sides. Heeding her...
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Beyond the Sermon: Single Focus – Love Deeply

  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV   Just before Valentine’s Day, Pastor David preached a timely message that challenged us to love deeply. Love covers over sins, and allows us to leave behind the...
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Beyond the Sermon – Taming the Tongue

Years ago in university, I was sending an email about a faculty award. I’d chosen the words carefully, agonizing over how to come across as intelligent. Finally, I thought it was perfect, and I hit send, only to gasp in horror as I realized I’d signed off the email, not with a...
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