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Unity and Brotherly Love

We’ve got to believe that we aren’t the center of the universe, Jesus is.

It is easy to make everything about us, but the Church isn’t about us; it’s about Jesus. Yes, we benefit from being a part of the body, but ultimately the Church exists for Christ’s glory. God has graciously given us the Holy Spirit, his son Jesus, and his bride, the Church. We must fight for unity and brotherly love in the body. Believers must protect each other, no...

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Deeply Loved

God sees us exactly as we areis seeking you

God truly loves us! The crazy thing is, God sees us exactly as we are - all of our flaws, all of our shortcomings, all of our failures. He sees everything we despise about ourselves, every hateful thought we’ve ever had, every selfish act we’ve ever committed. He sees all of our sin and knows the exact depths of our depravity. And yet even as he knows us completely, he...

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Our Stories || Cheyenne Arcuri

the chances we didn't take.

Sometimes God calls us to take huge steps of faith and do really big and scary things, but more often, he calls us to small, ordinary acts of obedience. Sometimes God asks us to leave our home and move to a foreign land, or find our most formidable enemy and share the gospel with them, or build a giant boat and gather up animals. More often, he calls us to “live quietly,...

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Loving Jesus and loving others

Micah 6:8

As believers who have been set free from the slavery of sin, who have been transformed by the love of Jesus, who have been rescued from depravity, who have been given grace upon grace, we should be the fiercest fighters against injustice. We should have the loudest voices and swiftest feet when it comes to battling racism, misogyny, abuse, the destruction of families, and ...

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Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Whether we feel very comfortable talking about the Holy Spirit or it kind of freaks us out, scripture calls us to "walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).” If we are to do this, it would be helpful to have a clear understanding of the who the Holy Spirit is, why he matters, and how we interact with him....

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Parents, persist.

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Over the first weekend of December, we put up all our Christmas decorations. Stockings are hung, the tree is lit, the bottom three feet crowded with ornaments, and our advent wreath circles four small candles on the kitchen table. Just before bedtime, we gathered our babies around the table to light the first candle. I had my phone ready to capture the wonder and joy spark...

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The Faithfulness of God

The Faithfulness of God.

Sometimes, our Lion of a God delivers us from the fiery furnace. Sometimes, he brings healing, changes our circumstances, and gives us what we deeply desire. And sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes our crappy circumstances get even crappier, and he asks us to keep trusting him. When we face hardships, stress, suffering, grief, pain, and death we can boldly shout in the face ...

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Longing

Longing Graphic

The longing we feel is a gift that points us to the satisfier of our souls--Jesus Christ. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights, to show us how good the giver is. He alone satisfies our longing hearts. ...

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Friendship

True friendship among believers requires initiation, effort, and the grace of Jesus to flourish. Christ adopted us into the same family, and we shouldn’t be scared of enjoying friendship with each other...Though it is painful and costly, the reward of sharing in joy and in suffering with true friends is a comfort and a blessing from the Lord....

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Not Alone

We were created for community. This reality is rooted in the character of God. We were created for community with God and people. However, we still feel lonely. Truth is, sin has broken our relatedness with God and others. But the good news: Jesus has come to be a friend like no other and to restore our relationships with God and other people....

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Identity

Who am I? Am I the sum of my mistakes or successes? Am I what others say that I am? Or is it something more glorious than that? Our identity is found in the very Word of God. We are who God says we are. And that is good news. ...

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