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In the Living Hope Church Check-Up report presented by Pastor Paul yesterday, we found that one of Living Hope's weak areas is Compassion and Outreach to those who do not yet know Jesus. We would like to share a tangible way that you can be a part of helping those who are in need in our community....
I wrote this spoken word titled “Broken” after spending some time fasting during the season of Lent. I have been reading through a book where the author describes sin as a “brokenness” that needs to be repaired. I pray that this form of art would stir your affections for Christ!...
Different treasures battle for my heart every day. There is a war raging for the throne of my heart. Most days I treasure my own selfish desires more than treasuring Christ. I’m in desperate daily need of the Holy Spirit to continually redirect my heart toward Christ. I want Him to be my ultimate treasure more and more on a daily basis....
This week has been a difficult week. I have felt the influence of the evil one; whispering lies, convincing me that I am not good enough. Telling me that my past sin is too much for Jesus to overcome. Weighing me down with guilt and shame. ‘Why would God want to dwell with you?’...
Many have commented on the beautiful prayer that was read in the Worship Gathering on November 27th. The prayer is an excerpt from the final section of St. Patrick's Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of St. Patrick. The Lorica is a prayer attributed to one of Ireland's most beloved patron saints....
When we awake in the morning we bustle about living our everyday life: Eat. Learn. Work. Play. Repeat. But what do we do when these things don’t deliver? What do we do when our living isn’t producing hope? When our working results in frustration? When our playing proves boring?...
Summer is rapidly nearing its end. Do you recall being in school and during the first week the teacher would ask everyone to share what they did during the summer?...Keep Reading
How many times do we walk past people without really seeing them? How does God see them? The gospel tells us we are no longer under law, but we live in Grace with Jesus Christ....Keep Reading
Develop a technology use policy before the school year begins/Intentionally schedule tech-free times at the beginning of your week. ...Keep Reading
Implement age appropriate safeguards and accountability regarding technology....Keep Reading
I have been meditating on Psalm 145 this summer. Meditating on God’s word changes me. My awe of God has grown. God is a God of grace....Keep Reading
Read Ephesians 1:15-23 Last week Scott Barney brought us through Ephesians 1:11-14. Scott said that ‘we have a vision problem.’ This is so true, even as believers in Christ who are sovereignly chosen to be adopted into his family, we often don’t see God correctly—and therefore don’t see ourselves correctly. In our passage for this week, Paul...Keep Reading
What is our call as Christ’s Church in the West regarding the 47 killed, 100 injured, and thousands morning the loss of friends and family in the Coptic Church in Egypt?...Keep Reading
Within the pages of Scripture we find the very Word of God--given to us for His glory and our good. Want to hear from the Spirit of God in 2017? Open your Bible....Keep Reading
“This aching world is waiting for the people explicitly identified with Christ to be, through and through, the people he intends them to be. Whether it realizes it or not, there is no other hope on earth.”...Keep Reading
“Repentance,” as Thomas Watson explains, “is a pure gospel grace.” Without Christ, the message is “sin and die.” But in Christ, the good news is “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand...”...Keep Reading
This was certainly a great ministry to my family, but bigger than that was the impact this tangible love made on those around us....Keep Reading
Yes this blood speaks loader and it speaks atonement for everyone who will receive it....Keep Reading
Orlando should remind us to pray, counsel, spread hope, and teach and train our kids how to process events like these in a way that displays hope in Christ....Keep Reading
The book was having a profound impact on me, but I thought my friend’s description of how the content was affecting him was appropriate – it was “wrecking” me as well -- in the best and most humbling of ways....Keep Reading
Let’s face it: teenagers are difficult. Hormonal changes, fads, trends, shifting friend groups; all of these things can drive you to your knees as a parent! As a student ministries pastor, I have dozens of conversations with parents about engaging their teenager on a spiritual level....Keep Reading
Pray that we would always keep Christ at the center of our teaching, that the gospel would be emphasized in all we teach, and that the children at EFCW would truly understand that Jesus did not come to turn them from ‘bad’ to ‘moral’, but that he came to transform them from ‘dead’ to ‘alive’....Keep Reading