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In Need of Grace (Romans series part 1 of 3) – Greg Albrecht

Keynote Passage: I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written, “The righteous will live by faith.”—Romans 1:16-17 This week we are beginning a three-part series on God’s amazing grace—based on the first few chapters of the book of Romans. This week our sermon is titled In Need of Grace, based on Romans 1:16-17, and on the larger ...

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CWR video – Ed Dunn – “The Great Verb Exchange”

Short 2 minute video with Ed Dunn.

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Rebuilding – Debbie Hughes

My Faith deconstruction  felt like a slow motion imploding of my faith. The beliefs I based my soul on  My family’s soul All those I loved and held so dear  My born again at the alter experience  Childhood - teenage - adulthood  Faith  No longer works  No longer rings true  What is missing?  What do I believe deep in my heart -- even deeper, into my SOUL? The word Christian sounds so hollow. Empty  Like you can pick up that word or lay it down depending on ...

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Deconstruction – Poem by Debbie Hughes

Deconstruction,it’s like a tornado destroying the family home that’s been there for generations.The porch swing your mom and dad courted on.The door your parents carried you through when you came home from the hospital as a newborn.The place you rocked your own babies and maybe mourned lost loved ones. The place you have lived, worked and bled.Pouring everything you have into the soil. Actively participating in every detail.Now it’s wiped away. GoneYou can’t go rebuild somewhere else.NO, it has to be rebuilt right here. From the ground up, ...

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Overcoming the Overwhelming: Rest in Jesus – Greg Albrecht

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(Matthew 11:28 – NIV).  Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.(Matthew 11:28 – The Message Bible).  The invitation to rest in Jesus is a call to accept our limitations and cast ourselves at the feet of our Savior who is without limitations and with whom nothing is impossible.  When we accept the invitation to rest in Jesus, God’s grace mercifully relieves ...

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Meditation, Stillness and Transformation – Brad Jersak

I had a dream last night -- a discussion with the Dalai Lama, actually. In the dream I saw the consequences of Christianity's failure to engage seriously in Judeo-Christian meditation. While the words "meditate" or "meditation" are scary to some, they are mentioned over 30 times in Scripture ... and never as a rationalist exercise in 'thinking hard.' What the Psalmist describes and Jesus models is a form of God-centered meditation marked by attentive, receptive prayers focused primarily on God's goodness.  Neglecting this ...

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But What About Rewards?

Q: Jesus spoke of God rewarding people for charitable giving, for prayer and for fasting: "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:3-4). "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). "But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be ...

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Bass Ackwards? Grant Corriveau

What if we have it backwards? We've been taught that life somehow, by some updated version of "spontaneous generation," came into being inside an otherwise lifeless universe. But... What IF life itself is eternal and universal and ultimately exists beyond all time and space? What if LIFE then causes everything else to exist? Isn't this consistent with what we see around us? Living beings create, act, bring things into existence, convert invisible ideas into visible things and actions. Life IS. Then, everything else follows. Think about it...

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Christian Polytheism – Brad Jersak

This article is an excerpt from A More Christlike Way (CWR press, 2019). It was risky business for early Christians to hold up Christ as the image of the one true God. Their gospel confession demanded a rejection of Rome’s pantheon of pagan gods and the emperors’ demand for worship. And that meant persecution. But at least the choice was straightforward: Jesus is Lord and Jupiter is not. Jesus is Lord and Diana is not. Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not. But today, how are we to navigate the problem of polytheism (the belief in many gods) within Christianity? ...

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Embracing Retirement – Irene Frances

AFTER MUCH resistance I have finally accepted my need to embrace retirement and adjust to the changes it brings. This move has not been easy, made even more difficult because of the many complex challenges I have experienced throughout the seven decades of my life. However, I am at peace with this phase of my life and with the older woman I am, notwithstanding the profound sadness embedded in my soul that remains unresolved despite my many feeble attempts to address it. Whether that will ever be settled depends on others, and ultimately upon God. As I reflect upon my ...

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