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Lost and Alone – Looking for Home – Greg Albrecht

Lost and Alone – Looking for Home Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?– John 14:3 Most of us have never been physically homeless, but all of us, at one time or another, find ourselves without a spiritual home.  We all, at some point in life, are spiritually lost.  Sometimes we enter the Father’s house but then we wander away.  We may come and we may go.  The door is always open.   No ...

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Let the Party Begin – Greg Albrecht

  WHEN JESUS WANTED PEOPLE TO  UNDERSTAND GOD'S KINGDOM PRESENCE,  HE USED PARTIES AS A PICTURE     Key Text: The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)   The very idea of any kind of party, any kind of laughter, feasting, light-heartedness and yes, even enjoyment of life itself, is suspect in some religious environments. Our keynote passage does more than just record history, it is inviting you and me to a party, a party that is already in progress! There's important teaching in this passage.    You may have heard one of the take-offs on our passage, which goes something ...

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Book Giveaway – A More Christlike Way

Goodreads Book Giveaway Goodreads is offering a Book Giveaway of A More Christlike Way Offer available in the US ONLY Enter for a chance to win one of ten copies of A More Christlike Way by Bradley Jersak.     .goodreadsGiveawayWidget { color: #555; font-family: georgia, serif; font-weight: normal; text-align: left; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; background: white; } .goodreadsGiveawayWidget p { margin: 0 0 .5em !important; padding: 0; } .goodreadsGiveawayWidgetEnterLink { display: inline-block; color: ...

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Prayer – The Steering Wheel or a Spare Tire? Greg Albrecht

Corrie Ten Boom once asked, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" When she compared prayer to a steering wheel, I'm relatively certain that Corrie Ten Boom didn't know anything about a modern GPS system—the navigational system many people have in their cars today. As you probably know, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It’s a radio navigation system that allows land, sea and airborne users to determine their exact position. It relies on 24 satellites in orbit above the earth—positioned in such a way that four of them will always be ...

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“Are you saved?” and other Cringe Questions – Brad Jersak

Over the years, a constellation of questions, common to some Christian traditions, increasingly makes me cringe. And to be honest, I used to ask them. Are you saved? Is he/she saved? When were you saved? I know what is intended. We were identifying ‘saved’ with the moment I ‘invited Christ into my heart’ through the faith confession expressed in ‘the Sinner’s Prayer.’ We would even write our names and the date of our conversion/salvation in the back cover of our Gideon New Testaments. If that is how and when I was saved, I suppose you could say ...

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CWR Video – What do we mean by “Contemplation”? Richard Rohr

5 minute video on "Contemplation" by Richard Rohr

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Seven Facets of the Jesus Way – Podcast interview: Brad Jersak with Karl Forehand

CLICK HERE to listen  to Karl Forehand interview Brad Jersak about his new book, A More Christlike Way (51 minutes). A More Christlike Way In his previous work, A More Christlike God, Brad Jersak looked to the Incarnation of Jesus Christ to reveal the true nature of God as self-giving, radically forgiving, compassionate Love. In this follow-up book, after deconstructing four counterfeit ways, Jersak explores seven facets of the Jesus Way. Christ's radical revelation of true humanity beckons us, "Would you be human? Take up your cross and follow me." A More ...

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In His Steps – Irene Frances

AS I HAVE continued to mull over what authentic Christian living means, my thoughts turned to the words of the apostle Peter:   To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21, New International Version). Those words reminded me of the Christian classic, In His Steps, written by Charles Sheldon in the late nineteenth century. In it he relates the story of Reverend Henry Maxwell who challenges his upper middle class congregants to live as Jesus ...

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CWR video – Greg Albrecht – “The Little Engine that Could”

Short video by Greg Albrecht.

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It’s All About Grace (Romans Series Part 3 of 3) – Greg Albrecht

Keynote Passages: Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. —Romans 3:31 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. —Romans 4:4-5 This is the third message in our three-part series discovering what the introductory chapters of this great book of Romans tell us about God’s amazing grace. The first sermon, In Need of Grace, discussed the fact that we are ...

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