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Next Sermon Series: The God of Chance

Where is God when we look around and can't seem to see him anywhere? That's the question the book of Esther tackles, and the question we'll explore together. ...

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4 Simple Questions to Share Jesus

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Jesus prayed to the Father "As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). But on a really practical level, how do we do this? Too often we don't even engage people in conversation, or when we do it's hard to figure out how to bring up our faith. Here are four questions to help. ...

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8 Practical Ways to Pursue Unity

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Last Sunday we heard Jesus pray a unique and powerful prayer: "Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one even as we are one." We learned that the unity of His people is very close to the heart of God. But how do we live out that prayer in practical unity?...

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Resources for Christian Exiles in America

In light of the message today I want to give you a bundle of digital resources and encourage you to drink a coffee with a good Christian brother or sister. These are things I've found helpful as I've prepared and hope will equip you to think biblically about politics, our country, and the kingdom of Jesus. ...

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The Beginning of Wisdom and the Bible on Your Shelf

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Proverbs says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This means that getting time with God is one of the most practical things we can possible do. Here are some suggestions. ...

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Make a Plan to Read the Bible in 2016

We believe that the words in the Bible are God's very words, breathed out by him (2 Tim 3:16), as carried along writers across the centuries (2 Peter 1) to tell one great story. Now is the perfect time to plan what you'll read in 2016....

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Making the Most of the Season

As the Christmas season turns to a new year we want to make the best use of our time to live an intentional Christ-focused life (Ephesians 5:16). Here are a few suggestions to get you started....

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Praying for Paris & The Coming Kingdom

Here is a prayer offered in light of Friday's tragedy in Paris and Sunday's message: The Lord reigns, let us rejoice, mourn, and long for his return. ...

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3 Reasons to Come to the Church History Seminar

Why come to a seminar on Church History (of all things)? How about deepening your faith, being encouraged in your circumstances, and having a ton of fun? ...

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Joining Jesus in the Harvest - More Resources

Last Sunday guest preacher Ian McConnell brought a powerful word from Matthew 9 inviting us to see our city the way Jesus sees our city. But what's the next step? How do we join Jesus' work in El Paso? Here are some resources to check out and study further...

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Give Me Life - a new sermon & study series

When you think about reading the Bible, what's your honest reaction? Discouragement? Confusion? Obligation? This is David's reaction: "Give me life in your ways!" (Ps 119:37) Join us for this preaching and study series on finding life in the pages of Scripture. ...

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5 Ways to Honor Your Parents

How can you practically honor your parents? Here are five suggestions ...

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Back Into the 10 Commandments

Like the Israelites Christ has set us free from slavery, but how should we live? God calls his people not to return to spiritual slavery but instead live joyful and holy lives under the freedom of his good rule. Along the way God provides help for everything from marriage to possessions to anger and envy. ...

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Why We're Taking a Detour

We're changing the next three weeks of our preaching schedule to focus on mission in everyday life and through community groups. And we want you to come to this series not as a spectator, but as a player. Here's why. ...

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Where God Is at Work in Cross of Grace

I'm out on a study retreat but as I'm reflecting on our church here are some specific ways I see God at work. Let's be quick to see where God is at work, and quick to rejoice together. ...

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Ever Get Stuck While Reading the Old Testament?

On Sunday we took a different approach to our Sunday Message and dug into the question, "How do we explore passages like Exodus on our own in daily Bible reading?" I suggested three simple questions that can be used profitably for any Bible passage and also recommended some resources to give deeper into Bible interpretation....

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Celebrate Christmas With Us! [Rundown of Events]

Looking for a quick rundown of all our holiday events this December? Check out this easy to scan list of opportunities to serve, give, and celebrate. ...

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Our History & Sure Foundation

Three reflections on three decades of history and our foundation as a church: Jesus is our foundation, our foundation is sure, and from this foundation we advance ...

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New Miniseries: How the Gospel Shapes Our Homes

Let's face it: outside of work we live most of our lives within the four walls of our homes. Our most precious and important relationships are often within those walls. We make most our our decisions about money, possessions, time, and priorities in the home. This month we'll look at how the gospel transforms our lives by transforming our homes. ...

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Four Ways Not to Waste Easter Week

We're already halfway through Easter Week, don't waste it! Here are four quick ideas for how to get the most out of this week. ...

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Read More: The Holy Spirit's Work

Sunday we covered Ephesians 5:18 on Paul's command to be filled with the Spirit. Want to learn more about the Spirit's work? Here are some great places to start. ...

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Wait, Why Are We Going on the Radio?

Why are we launching a weekly radio broadcast? For the same reason Paul went to the marketplace: because that's where people are. Join us in praying this week for the work. ...

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So How Do I Fight Lust On a Practical Level?

After a message on lust these can be common questions: "Well, that was good to hear but what I am supposed to do now? What if I have a struggle with lust? What can I do practically?"...

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The Marriage Seminar Was Great, But Now What?

Last weekend was an outstanding marriage seminar...but now what? Maybe after the seminar you realize you need to do some more study about how to build a healthy marriage, or you want to go through a book together, or you'd benefit from counseling. ...

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Marriage Seminar Schedule (& Childcare Note)

We're getting pretty excited about our upcoming marriage seminar next Sunday with guest speaker Billy Raies, Sr. Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Midland. Here are a few important details (like the seminar schedule) you'll need to know. ...

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Why Join a Community Group? Four Reasons

Wondering whether to jump in to a community group this year? Here are four reasons why we think you should jump onboard. ...

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