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Jonah

This Sunday, we begin a study on the book of Jonah. No doubt you think of a great fish when you hear Jonah mentioned, but this book is really about our great God. Jonah goes through a painful experience to discover the true character of God. As we learn from his experience may God reveal things in our own hearts, so our heart may look more like God's....

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Plans for Sunday Due to Fire

God is truly good. We have experienced His goodness as a body this week. As most of you know, this past Sunday night we had a small fire in our electrical room inside the Gathering Place at our Josey location. The fire caused the sprinkler in that area to go off and as a result around 200 gallons of water spread across parts of the Gathering Place, a back restroom, the ele...

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Special Notice: Small Fire

As we know God is good even through times of adversity. Last night around 9 pm, we had a small fire in the electrical closet inside the Gathering Place at our Josey location. We believe the fire started in the main electrical panel. The fire set off the smoke alarm and the heat set off a sprinkler head. By the time the fire department arrived around 200 gallons of water we...

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It Takes a People

This is something God has been teaching me over the last year and really landing on my heart these last few weeks. We have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. I have learned that it takes a people to adopt a child. Since being matched with a very brave birth mom and anxiously awaiting next Tuesday when our new daughter will be born, I have been refle...

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The Mission of God: Elders and Ownership

We have learned over the last few weeks about the mission of God and how God has set apart the church to live out His mission. Significant to the church living out and growing up in the mission of God is the joyful labor of its elders. Elders have been called to gladly and eagerly shepherd the members of the church, so that they will grow up in Christ and live out His miss...

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I Will Give You The Keys

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16.19 This past Sunday we learned the following about the church from Matthew 16.13-19: The church are redeemed people People become the church by the revelation of the FatherJe...

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The Church's Generosity

For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack." 2 Corinthians 8.13-15. ...

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Members of One Another

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10.23-25 Lately, the thought of the church and how ...

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Missional Community

God is on a mission. He is on a mission to spread His glory throughout all the earth. He is spreading His glory through His creation, as Psalm 19.1 says, The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. He created the heavens, the earth and all that is in it to tell of His glory, but not only that. He created mankind to be ...

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Missional Community

God is on a mission. He is on a mission to spread His glory throughout all the earth. He is spreading His glory through His creation, as Psalm 19.1 says, The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. He created the heavens, the earth and all that is in it to tell of His glory, but not only that. He created mankind to be ...

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Engaging the Membership Process

It is with great delight that I write to you. Over the last four to five months we have been praying along with our brothers and sisters at Trinity Valley Church about the potential of our two local bodies becoming one. On this Sunday, October 23, the potential of what could be is now becoming a reality. I echo what King David proclaims in Psalm 133 saying, How good and pl...

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Trinity Valley Church and Staff Announcements

Since June we have asked you to be in prayer about the potential joining of Trinity Valley Church with our body. That potential has become reality. This past Sunday night TVC voted to affirm the joining of their body with our body to become one local church. This Sunday TVC will be gathering together one last time to celebrate 21 years of ministry the Lord has blessed them...

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The Amenity-Less Church

Do you like amenities? I do. I like going to a hotel and having a place to workout (not that I always use it), a pool for the kiddos and breakfast. I like the amenities in my neighborhood as well. But what about amenities as part of the church environment and experience? Amenities are great features that provide comfort and convenience with the goal of giving a delightful...

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Jesus' Present Kingly Reign

Do you ever have those days where you feel like God is not present? You may feel that He is absent, whether due to circumstances or maybe a certain attitude you have one day. These times are real. Even though we may feel like this, for the Christian it is a reality that He is present. There are also those times when we feel that God is not in charge of things here on Earth...

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Ekklesia

And He (the Father) put all things in subjection under His (Christ) feet, and gave Him (Christ) as head over all things to the church, which is His (Christ) body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1.22-23 According to the New Testament, the word church is the Greek word ekklesia, which means the called out ones, or the sent out ones. The church is Christ...

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Our Purpose: The Glory of God

Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!" Exodus 33.18 This past Sunday we begin looking at Our Purpose and Focus as a church. Over the next few weeks we will look intently into our focus. Sunday as we looked intently into our purpose I pray that you were encouraged to do all that you do for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10.31). This is why you and I exist. We exis...

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Necessary

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 1 Corinthians 12.14 Paul, what about the pinky? You will notice...

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Self Sacrificing Love in 2011

In Sunday's sermon we were challenged by the words of Jesus to be distinct from the culture with a self sacrificing love. My prayer as we enter 2011 is that The Ridge would be marked by such a love. It is tough to take insults or to receive hurts from others. We want to repay them, seek revenge and retaliate. Jesus calls us to a different standard though. Retaliation is ...

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Committing to Church Membership

As shared from Sunday, we live in a day when many people struggle with commitment phobia. We are afraid to commit to one thing because we are afraid that we might miss out on something else. We also believe this one thing that I commit to might cost me more than something else might, so we don't commit. So, what you have is simply the wisdom of our day, which is KEEP YOUR...

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The Power of Community and Relationships

Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. Now in a like exchange I speak as to children open wide to us also. 2 Corinthians 6.11-13 Relationships are important. Paul, along with Timothy, has opened up wide his heart to the people in the church at Corinth. This...

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Remember in Your Fasting and Prayers

Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Hebrews 13.3 As you pray and fast on Wednesday I want to invite you to remember those who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. From North Korea, China, Somalia, Pakistan, India to Iran, Christians are daily being imprisoned, beaten and...

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Part of the Church: Friction and Fallout

I am not a big fan of the negative. I do not like to harp on it, nor discuss it. I am a half glass full kind of guy. So, to voluntarily write on friction and fallout as part of the church is not necessarily a thrilling topic for me, but a necessary one. In fact, Paul writes to the church at Corinth saying, For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear...

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A Priority: Gathering Together

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10.23-25 I wrote concerning this great section on t...

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Spiritual and Physical Care

But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it (1 Corinthians 12.24b-26). The body of Christ, the Church is...

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The Glory of God and Joy

I have been joining a couple of men in our church in reading the book of John together. It has been a joy to read this gospel again. I have seen over the last week the inseparableness of the glory of God and joy, especially in chapters 12-17. First, the glory of God. In John 12.28 Jesus says, Father, glorify Your name. This was Jesus' desire and end in all things. It is t...

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What is lacking?

What is lacking? For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach. Titus 1.5-6a Over the last few weeks we have been asking the question, what is lacking? Have you been asking that personally? I pray that you have been applying the question to your own li...

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Purity is Lacking

Purity is Lacking What is lacking? What needs to be straightened out? Needed in the churches throughout the cities in Crete was purity. What is purity? Purity is freedom from guilt, sin and evil. It is being free from anything that contaminates or pollutes. The church in Crete was lacking in the area of purity, from its members to even those given the platform to teach. T...

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Setting in Order What Remains

If you were to sit back and look at your life, what would need to be set in order? What is not right? What is lacking? What is in need? Those who are in Christ are new. Their mission in life is to be about making things right and to straighten things out according to the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. It is the mission given to Titus for the churches in Cret...

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Representing Jesus in the ministry of reconciliation

But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. Galatians 2.11-12 The second chapter of Galatians has many layers to it. As we continue...

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Hating Double-mindedness

For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he (Peter) used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. Galatians 2.12-13 Here in Galatians the scene changes fro...

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Mission

In the last few weeks, we have talked about the things that are essential to our faith. They are beliefs that we hold tight in one hand, while our eyes are focused on living a life that glorifies God, by loving Jesus, by loving people and seeing lives transformed to live for Jesus. So we have our focus, we have our foundation (Jesus) and now what do we do? We have one more...

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Mission

In the last few weeks, we have talked about the things that are essential to our faith. They are beliefs that we hold tight in one hand, while our eyes are focused on living a life that glorifies God, by loving Jesus, by loving people and seeing lives transformed to live for Jesus. So we have our focus, we have our foundation (Jesus) and now what do we do? We have one more...

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