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A Child-Like Faith in My Choices

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2015 10:12:00 AM / by Katie Simington posted in Discerning God's Will

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On the way home from church this week I looked out my window and spotted a Little Tikes turtle sandbox on the side of the road.  It took a gargantuan amount of self control not to stop and try and shove it in the car with my two year old. But then I remembered, we live in a second story apartment and sandboxes really are meant to be an outside toy.  

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of experiencing the turtle sandbox, it is the ultimate sandbox experience.  Not only are your shovels, buckets and trucks shielded from rain and snow by the shell cover that fits snugly over the turtle's sand but the shell also makes the perfect refuge for hide and seek, capture the flag and bird watching. 

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The Overflowing Nature of God's Provision

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2015 4:30:00 AM / by Simon Wha posted in God's Provision

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This post was written on June 25th, 2014. Since the writing of this post, I got married (to the same girl! Phew).

Last night, my fiancé (now wife) and I were sitting down and watching musicians practice for our rapidly approaching wedding ceremony. As we were watching them, she said something profound. She leaned over and said “Gosh, we’re so spoiled.” There was 100% agreement between us.

These friends of ours could look at a score of some classical piece and play it better than I could read “Cat In The Hat." No mistakes, no hiccups. Flawless. So of course in that moment, yes, we felt spoiled with friends who love us and want to play music for our ceremony.  If you were sitting down with us watching these friends play music, you’d know what I’m talking about. 

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I Don't Wanna Grow Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2015 7:58:00 AM / by Dan Ko posted in Christian-living

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In the church, being youthful doesn’t always seem like a noble aspiration. After all, christian maturity is often expressed in terms like wisdom, discernment, and perseverance. We call the mature disciples in the church, saints. Plus, a healthy marriage and family are often touted as the pinnacle of Christian success. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with any of these things and they’re definitely worth our pursuit, but could all of this talk be at the detriment of promoting a youthful wonder in the church?

Here’s what I mean. Remember when you were in first grade and the thing that captured your mind for weeks was the brilliance of ants and ant colonies? You were dumbfounded how tiny creatures like ants could build vast empires underground with a clear government and distribution of roles. Or maybe you didn’t like dirt, so you spent months voraciously devouring anything related to dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was your favorite movie and you couldn’t get to the library enough to check out all their dinosaur picture books. Maybe I’m alone here, but in my youth, my imagination and wonder was wild. I would make the biggest deal about the littlest things, just because. Just because they were infinitely interesting and I couldn’t wrap my tiny mind around it.

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Gospel + Time

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2015 8:50:00 AM / by Mathew Moran posted in Gospel-centered living

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As a pastor, I get to talk to people in a variety of different settings. Since I am not our primary preacher it is often one-on-one, one-on-two, or in a small group.

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Top 10 Life-Shaping Books…thus far

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 8:38:00 AM / by Dan Ko

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We read a lot of garbage these days. Judging from the New York Times Best-Seller List, America consumes romance, fictional thrillers, & self-betterment books like it’s going out of style. In my short years of reading and learning from the hard work of the authors that write the books, I’ve come across both garbage and precious stones. I’d like to say that each of these books are life-shaping in one way or another, but I thought I’d compile a short list of books that have changed my perspective on life and most importantly, shaped my thoughts about God. I don’t want to bore you with my thoughts on each and every book, but I hope at least the list can serve you well in exploring a bit further those books that I’ve found to be diamonds in the rough.

these are in no particular order

  1. Desiring God by John Piper
  2. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  3. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  4. Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
  5. Kingdom Prologue by Meredith Kline
  6. Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
  7. Revolution in World Mission by K.P. Yohannan
  8. A Hunger for God by John Piper
  9. The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah
  10. The Confessions by Augustine
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Why I don't Pray

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2015 3:30:00 AM / by Simon Wha posted in Prayer

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Why don’t I pray? The answer is simple. I don’t think I need God. I think that everything I’ve been given and blessed with in my life until now has been the fruit of my labor, the reward for my efforts, the strength of my will. Why would I pray, why would I ask God for anything, why would I show any sign of a need if it was all my own doing? 

Even though I think I can attain anything by my own will, the reality is that I’m a wretched sinner riddled with pride that takes credit for everything and suppresses the reality that everything good has been graciously given to me by a good, compassionate and loving God. 

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Wedding Dancing and My Christian Community

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2015 3:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Eriksen

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One of my favorite things to do with B is wedding dancing!

Why?  You might ask.

It is one of the only times in life when I don't look like the crazy one.

And I laugh non stop the entire time!

Some good friends of ours got married this past Saturday, and our group of friends found people to watch our kids (not an easy task, and many of us had out of town family come in... thanks Momoo!) so we could drive an hour to celebrate.

After a beautiful ceremony... one where I purposefully found a discreet place to nurse Momas instead of nursing him where we were sitting only to find the entire group of guests turn their heads and look my direction because the bridal party was going to be entering from the side where my lopsided chair on a hill was instead of the brick path that screamed entrance was... we made our way to the barn for drinks and appetizers (yum!) and then into the reception hall for dinner and dancing.

Selfies were being taken and #whadgered, the photobooth had way too much silliness going on, and dinner was served.

Towards the end of dinner you could see it...  looks that were darting from person to person.

I kinda want to dance.  Are YOU going to dance?
I'm not going to go out there.  Well maybe if YOU go out, too.

The flower girl really started off the party when she pulled Auntie Karen out, and I danced beside them with Momas bouncing to sleep on my back.  Then I made eye contact with another friend and she grabbed Karen back to the dance floor with We Are Family blasting through the speakers. 

I'm not sure how the rest unfolded, but before I knew it my man was out there busting his moves like a crazy person while personal space, inhibition, and introvertness flew out the window.

I spent the evening between flailing my arms around failing at looking like I knew what I was doing, and comforting a crying Momas who just wanted to sleep but couldn't.  Getting our baby to sleep eventually won, and we left the party around 10:30 to find our beds by midnight.

The next morning we strolled into church feeling hit by a truck, and exchanging smiles with my Christian community that spoke volumes.  We all bonded in a way we never thought we would, and acted like a crazy group of kids for just a few hours on a wedding night.  Relationships went a tad deeper because people who said they were NOT going to dance shed their cares of what people would think and got out there.  Any image people had, at least of our family, was thrown out the window!

Thinking back on that night, and asking myself why I just love wedding dancing with my hubby I came to this conclusion....

He has always danced with me at weddings.  Even before we were dating.  I would be sitting by myself with a longing in my eyes to not care about what people think, and there he would be.  Hand stretched out to lead me to the dance floor.  We would slow dance...but not the romantic kind.  He was Braden after all.  We would pretend we could ballroom dance.  We would crazy dance.  And in those moments I was free to be as goofy as I wanted because he was being goofy right beside me.

That, my friends, is love! 

 

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Leftovers

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Mathew Moran posted in Christian-living

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Overcoming Disbelief in Your Missional Living

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2015 11:20:00 AM / by Dan Ko posted in Missional Living

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There’s a funny thing that happens in us that we may or may not realize. If we’re living with any sort of missional intentionality – if we’re desiring God to use us by proclaiming his Gospel with word and deed so that others would come to know Jesus – we’ve all asked ourselves this inane question I’m about to pose. And if you haven’t, you’re a better saint then I (either that, or you’re lying and now the scales are back to even!).

“Can God save them?”

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