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Gobsmacked It's a perfect word. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "gobsmacked" describes the state of being overwhelmed with wonder, surprise, or shock. It illustrates that powerful moment when a person gasps and covers their mouth with their hand. The expression took root in 1950s British slang, and by the time I was in college, this adjective had spread int...

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Psalm 127:3 states, "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him." Growing up, I heard this verse all the time. It's usually painted on nursery walls, quoted in sermons about the importance of being pro-life, and used to encourage Christians to be open to as many children as the Lord wants to give them. All of those things are good and have their place ...

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Easter Means Death...And Resurrection

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What does Easter Sunday mean to you? Giant bunnies and colorful eggs? New, brightly colored clothes? Family get togethers with carrot cake? Egg hunts and candy? While I have nothingagainst these things, at the same time I know they communicate nothing of the depth andgravity of Easter. These things are also nothing like what most of our Christian brethren around the world ...

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Sploosh: Divine Love for a Rock


By: Lara Lee John 4:7-8 (ESV) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Sploosh is a rock. You see, I didn't understand divine love like my son had for Sploosh. Of course, Sploosh would never have had a personality or life beyond the s...

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Fluffy Poofy Faith


Fluffy-Poofy Faith by Lara Lee James 1:2-4 (ESV) Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Life is hard sometimes, like being run over by a train driven by a half-drunk...

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Foundations of Discipleship


Discipleship is obedience to the call to follow Jesus. But what gives Jesus the right to make such a call? Why should we listen to him when he tells us to reorder our lives to be centered around him? These are fair questions. Anyone who doesn't know or follow Jesus would naturally ask them. And anyone who already follows Jesus would do well to reflect on them. As with a...

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The Sanctity of Life in Exodus


Do we see sanctity of life as a whole picture? Do we see all the different sides and pieces of what it really means to be pro-life? Or do we only care about one? Here are some things we can do to promote the sanctity of human life......

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2018 Financial Update

At Christ Church, our ministry year has been especially rewarding......

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Five Kernels of Hope


My family had an odd Thanksgiving tradition. When my siblings and I were little, the night before Thanksgiving my parents would gather us into the smallest room in the house that we could all fit in (usually the laundry room), turned off the lights, sat on the floor, and lit a couple candles and we had a small meal of crackers, dried fruit and beef jerky....

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Common Grace

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Common grace is any blessing of any degree, short of salvation, that the sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God....

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