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Jan
2013
Steve Cox
  Let’s face it. We would all like to be great, or to have a great life. In some ways it sounds kind of selfish to want to lead a great life. Seeking to make ourselves into something great sounds a little selfish and prideful. But God has made us to strive for greatness. We serve a great God and he has built into us a desire for greatness. The challenge for us is to seek what God calls greatness, not what we call greatness.   What greatness means, from a Biblical... + read more
Dec
2012
Steve Cox
  We humans probably use and rely on more filters than we realize. In most cases filters serve to block things that are harmful to us, while letting through things that are beneficial to us. We use air filters in cars, planes, homes and offices to purify what we breathe. Many of us use carbon water filters to help purify what we drink. Our atmosphere filters the suns rays to remove some things harmful to our skin.   In many respects the Word of God is a filter. It directs... + read more
Nov
2012
Steve Cox
  We are in the midst of another presidential election season.  Soon we will choose the leadership of our nation for the upcoming years.  Polls tell us the decision is very close.  There are strong feelings on both sides.  Many are greatly concerned about the health and direction of our nation and hope that this election will improve our situation.  Maybe you are stressed over the potential ramifications of this election, or maybe you are so busy and stressed... + read more
Nov
2012
Bernie Powell
  The political furor this election season highlights our need to reflect carefully on our role as American citizens.  Philippians 3:20 reminds us that our heavenly citizenship is not merely a future reality.  Right now the believer is a citizen of heaven, even while he is a citizen of an earthly nation.  This dual citizenship has profound implications.   PRIORITY.  Our deepest heart commitment must be to that eternal citizenship.  While the... + read more
Oct
2012
Steve Cox
  After working in the medical field for many years I tend to use the "disease model" to understand the problems we face in our world today.  The word disease is a composite of two words dis and ease.  It means to be not at ease, to realize something is wrong, that something is not operating the way that it should.  In the disease model, we look for signs and symptoms of something wrong, we then identify the likely cause, and then implement a treatment regimen... + read more
Sep
2012
Steve Cox
  Today’s secular science confirms what the Bible has been teaching us for thousands of years:  it is in our genetic structure, we are made, to be in relationship with one another.  But one of the problems with us fallen human beings, is that in many ways we are not very good at relationships.    This past year, as a church, we emphasized building healthy relationships through the application of biblical peacemaking.  In our full-day seminar last... + read more
Sep
2012
Bernie Powell
  Is it authentic?   That’s a key question for me.   As I survey the various dimensions of our church life, I’m asking, “Is it authentic?” Most of us today don’t have the time or interest to just keep the machinery going. So the question is not whether it makes one feel good, or if it makes a big enough splash to draw attention, nor even if it is well organized and tidy. You could tell me it’s thrilling, impressive, or... + read more
Apr
2011
Bernie Powell
  We make hundreds of decisions every day. Some big ones, but many small ones. Many times we think we need to know God’s Will for the Big Ones. But the others? "Oh that’s an easy decision, Lord. I’ll take care of that one by myself."   Big mistake!   We live most of our lives in the area of small choices. That’s where His Lordship counts the most. If God’s Will is relegated only to the 5 or 6 big decisions of life,... + read more
Mar
2011
Bernie Powell
  We have two topics to reflect on this March, the month of our Global Outreach Festival: Sending and Ending.   Senders Consider the scientist who descends in a deep sea diving sphere, totally dependent on the crew that manages the oxygen lines on the surface ship. He counts on them to pay careful attention to their job, not to be distracted by a poker game. Consider the pilot who counts on the vigilance of air traffic controllers. Consider Tom Brady who depends on the... + read more
Feb
2011
Bernie Powell
  Not everything we need to know can be taught in a classroom.   Classrooms have their place. We believe in Sunday School classes and other classroom settings to teach God’s Word. This kind of learning lays a strong foundation for understanding God and his Way for our lives.   But God has other things we need to learn, things not learned in a classroom. When we meet God in the pathways of daily life, we learn lessons we can learn no other way. That... + read more

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