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The Crazy Issue

Written by Maegan Stout | June 22, 2010 | Colossians 3 - 4

There’s some crazy stuff in the Bible. Especially this business about slaves, masters, and submissive wives. We could certainly spend time discussing the nitty-gritty of these things; they’re valid and important discussions. But if we look at the crazy verses from a crazy perspective, we get… crazy.

The book of Colossians is one letter. Long after the letter was written chapters and verses were inserted as an organizational tool …

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Colossians 1-2

Written by Nina Schmidgall | June 20, 2010 | Colossians 1 - 2

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints…” Colossians 1:3-4

Paul wrote this letter to the young church at Colossae. Paul had not met the Christians who lived there but wanted to remind them to stay true to the gospel.  What struck …

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Focus… Focus… Focus…

Written by Will Johnston | June 19, 2010 | Philippians 1 - 2

I’ve been pretty stressed recently.  I’m in the middle of buying my first house: trying to get financing and negotiating repairs with the seller.  It’s hard for me to concentrate.  I often have this strong feeling of unease.

But wait, don’t you work at a church?  Aren’t you supposed to be all holy and have the peace of God and stuff?  Well… yes.  Were that “ought” were “is.”

Paul was …

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Book Background: Philippians

Written by Heather Zempel | June 19, 2010 | Philippians 1 - 2

What do you do when life imprisons you? That’s the question we are confronted with in the book of Philippians.

Philippi was a miniature Rome in Greece. In 42 AD, Antony and Octavia defeated Brutus and Cassius near Philippi, and Antony made it a Roman colony in honor of the victory. It was a wealthy city because of nearby gold and silver mines. The inhabitants consisted largely of Roman …

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Tick Tock (Ephesians 1-3)

Written by Dave Schmidgall | June 17, 2010 |

“...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you....” (1:17-19)

My wife and I needed a break from the world a while back, so we booked a cabin in West Virginia.  I remember walking into …

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It Didn’t Matter

Written by Ross Middleton | June 16, 2010 | Acts 27 - 28

There is so much that happens in these last two adventure packed chapters of Acts. But here is the common thread I see that weaves it all together.

It didn’t matter if Paul was a prisoner on the ship.
It didn’t matter if people would not listen to his advice.
It didn’t matter if he was in a hurricane for 14 days.
It didn’t …

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I’ve Got Words

Written by Maegan Stout | June 15, 2010 | Acts 25 - 26

So… I read the dictionary for fun sometimes. Don’t laugh. Thanks, Heather Zempel, for including that in your sermon. I guess that’s the risk you run when you let that kind of information leak to friends with platforms like book deals and pulpits. But all that’s hidden will one day be exposed, right? :)

I’ve been made fun of an ample amount of times for this in the last …

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Be Encouraged Acts 23-24

Written by Chris Jarrell | June 14, 2010 |

“Brothers, I have always lived before God with a clear conscience!” 

We read in Acts 23 that Paul was before the Council and was put away so he wouldn’t be “torn apart.”

But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in …

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Close-Knitted Families (Acts 21-22)

Written by Kari Olney | June 13, 2010 |

Two days ago, my grandparents took their time to turn their IDs at the airport counter to receive a permission to enter the small airport to be with me, waiting at Gate 7 until people started lining up to go on board the plane. 3 months ago, the NICA team arrived Nicaragua aiport to find Matt and Eva Barlow waiting among the crowd, waving at us when we arrived to …

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2 Corinthians 11-13

Written by Heather Zempel | June 12, 2010 | 2 Corinthians 11 - 13

By Chris Howell

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.”

This blog has nothing to do with this verse in 2 Corinthians 12:2 but nonetheless I have no idea what Paul was talking about in that verse.

What does it look like …

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