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The Giving God Notices (and wants)

Today, I want to address another obstacle we face that keeps us from giving to God. In Luke 21, we read, Jesus  looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. Luke 21.1 So Jesus is hanging outside the Temple on one of the last days of his life, and here’s how […]

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Response Ability

As human beings we have freedom to act and react to life. We have the ability to respond to the events that happen to us. And how we choose to respond determines the course of our life. When you look back over the arc of your life to date, how you responded to certain situations, […]

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Mustard Seed Faith

In the 17th chapter of Luke’s Gospel Jesus gives his disciples some relational instructions. Basically he is telling them to forgive one another, and to place no limits on their willingness to do that. It is a hard message for them to hear (as it is for us, if we’re actually listening to it and […]

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More

“In our current message series we are looking at what we are calling “breathing room.” This weekend we want to get to the root cause of our problems when it comes to our struggle with breathing room. Why do we gravitate towards a lifestyle that drowns out breathing room? It’s true: Modern life pushes us […]

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Coming to Our Senses

“Probably the most famous parable, or story of Jesus comes in Luke’s Gospel and begins like this: A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, “Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.” So the father divided the property between them.  Luke 15.11-12 More shocking than […]

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Breathing Room

“This weekend is kick off weekend, one of my favorite of the whole year.  All our kids and student programs are back in full swing, lots of fun stuff on the front plaza, all new music and a brand new message series called Breathing Room. Breathing room is the gap between our current pace and […]

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Making Church Matter | Scripture

Catholics Don’t Know the Bible

Let’s face it, Catholics are largely ignorant of the Bible. It’s a sad fact, but a true one. It’s not their fault though. It’s the fault of parish priests and church leaders reaching back generations. It’s the fault of the whole Counter-Reformation approach to Scripture that has characterized the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. […]

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Hate Your Job?

“How many of you have ever had a job that you hated? How many of you have ever had a dumb job? How many of you have ever been working at something and it just felt like a complete waste of time? Probably every single one of us, at some point or another would have […]

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Game Plan

“For our regulars at Church of the Nativity or on-line, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been speaking much this summer, and by “much” I mean, not at all. So maybe you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to. Well, I did take a couple of weekends off for vacation, of course. But mostly, I […]

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