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As we come together to celebrate Father’s Day (by honoring men who have made a positive difference in our lives), we go deeper by looking at the place of showing honor in our lives today.

Who do we honor? What keeps us from doing so? Is there power in our lives by honoring others? What difference does this mean in our spiritual lives?

There’s a lot of questions that most of us have not even thought of asking. Dig into the Bible with us and see what we find together.


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It seems that this time of year is when I start hearing people (from within and outside our church) start talking about not feeling like they are still part of their church family which often leads to changing churches or pulling back.

It usually starts with phrases like “It just doesn’t feel the same any more”, “No one really hangs out with me or talks to me anymore.”, or similar statements.

If you are in this boat, let me throw this observation out to you as there seems to be a trend when talking to folks struggling with these thoughts.

The reason I hear it more during this time of year is because it’s late spring/ early summer. There seems to be a snowball effect most of the time I am in these conversations sparked by this.

– We are all coming out of winter into a normal season that puts us in the mood for change.

– We walk into that season by getting more busy with moves, activities, family events, travel, cook outs and the like and for some…. we skip church to do these events. This takes us from a season of being plugged into the church community around us to being more pulled back.

– Often times, this starts a feeling of disconnect and we find ourselves struggling to plug into church community even when there is nothing on the schedule.

– Then we feel like we don’t fit in anymore and start feeling more like an orphan than a family member.

In many cases, this is a subtle plan of the enemy to separate you from the community God called you to. If he can get you to pull back some, the snow ball effect happens naturally.

Let me suggest going against the grain. If you once felt like your church community was a place of love, friendship, and refreshed you and you could contribute…. plug back in! There can be other reasons but for the most part, it should be you making the first step back in to get the community you love back.

I have a friend who almost left our church about three years ago. It was a time of change in our church as well as in her life. After we talked and she prayed about it, she plugged back in. She not only stayed coming to church, she started calling people and inviting them to do things. In a very short time, her relationships were stronger than ever and it had real life changes for her family as well.

Consider this before leaving your church. If God leads you someplace new, that’s awesome! However, if it’s your own discontent, you might have the control to plug back in.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrew 10: 24-25

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We have talked a lot in this study series about responsibility, mission and calling. However, there is more than just a task at hand that has it’s ups and downs in the days of our lives; there’s hope!

With a study through Acts 5, we dissect the testimony of persecution against the apostles as they “mobilize” for the gospel and how hope changes everything!

If you are going through some tough times, taken some hits for following Christ, or just lost the joy of following the Lord in this world due to circumstances… it’s time to refocus on the promise of hope!

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All of us have gone through some pretty tough times and some of us are today. We are used to hearing churches say God will see you through but sometimes it’s hard to connect head knowledge with our emotions.

Join Katie Isler as she leads us through a study on 2 Samuel 22 to be encouraged by David’s heart during one of his most overwhelming moments. Left a mess after a serious of hits in his life, David shows us what we can grab a hold of today to find light in our dark places.

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Our study continues on how to get the full life of God’s purpose by looking at being “capable” (or equipped). So many people are trying to live day to day when God has more for you! We hope you dig in more as we look at what we have and need to be mobilized in this life for so much more!

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We had an awesome Easter morning! If you couldn’t make it, here’s the teaching portion from that day!

This week’s study focuses on being authentic living as individuals and a church family. The world has seen enough fake in the realm of Christianity and Christ has a better way! The message of the Cross and the power of the Resurrection leads to an authentic life that is better than what some of us have experienced or have been shown.



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