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This is the start of a new message series called “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” that goes through 2 Corinthians. This opening message talks about the importance of bringing 100% truth and 100% love into any relationship, conversation, and our outreach. Our pastor dives into the extremes of several of the sides of the “Chick-fil-a” debate which covers homosexuality and same gender marriage. His views tends to make those on the extreme views of both the GLBT community and conservative Christians frustrated at times so please bring a healthy dose of love, patience, and understanding to this study.

(The videos used in this video are from You Version and already open to the public. The original addresses of the videos are included for reference and credit.)


 

 

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The next in the Happy Holy Days Study Series

 

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Recently, I put together some thoughts for the facilitators of the Home Groups at our church on how to build intimacy in our groups. I thought I might put them out here for others as well as solicit other ideas that I might not have thought of as of yet.

Ground Rules: The first thing that lays the foundation for openness in a group is knowing up front if they are safe or not. In our church, the first thing covered in any of our groups is that anything said in a Home Group, stays in that Home Group (for the most part). We make it clear that this is the case unless someone is currently getting hurt or abused and even then, only the people who need to know to get them help will know.

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As I have been having my own little battle of stress, I came across a verse that has been a staple for me during this season. As many of you know, we have been seeking God’s will for the Christian bookstore we opened several years back. It is a needed ministry here in our little town but my heart is not there anymore. My heart is with my family time and the ministry at our church. I can see that our business is struggling from my lack of vision and don’t know what to do about it.

At the same time, I can see a lot that God is doing to prove He is moving. There are two lovely ladies considering buying the store. I believe they are the very vision and ministry hearts that will save the store but we are all seeing where God’s provision is coming from. Other encouragements have been there as well; a $100 donation from a stranger to our store, a staff member donating one week’s pay back to the store, a local church thinking to supporting the store as a mission project, help from family, prayers of many, and words of encouragement from customers. There are many signs that put evidence to God being in control. None the less, my natural mindset is to “run the numbers” and to find the plan to make it all work. This takes sleep away. This takes nights focused on my family away. This takes God’s peace away from me.

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