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1 Peter: A Video Overview

Check this out: An 8 minute artistic explanation of the book of 1 Peter. Helpful if you are looking to gain a "big-picture" understanding of the book.   Read Scripture- 1 Peter And, if you liked that one...There are more! Click on the following link if you'd like to learn more from the creators of this video and see other helpful videos like this one:  https:...

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Holy Week Devotional Resources

Looking for devotionals, videos or activities to help you experience Holy Week more Biblically this year? Look no further! Below are some links to get you started. We have three separate categories: The first category includes resources for adults, the next set of resources are for families and the last category has a bunch of resources directed towards children. Enjoy! ...

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Pre-Sunday Musings: 5 Ways Your Pastor Should Help You

This upcoming Sunday our sermon will be on the topic of what the church does. Pastor Tom and I will be discussing Doctrines #11 and #13 of our Doctrinal Statement. In thinking about all that God has called us to do as we follow Him, I asked myself: What should all this look like for me practically as one of the Pastors of Holden Chapel? Personally: How can I be helping o...

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How This Pastor Prepares for a New Sermon Series

Happy 2017 Errbody! If you ask me, now is a P.E.R.F.E.C.T time to begin a new sermon series - and that is exactly what we are about to do. This upcoming Sunday, we will be starting a new Winter Sermon Series Titled, "Do Our Beliefs Matter?"   In this new series, we will explore together the contents of our doctrinal statement as we try to figure out how our beliefs ...

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More Thinking About the Poor

One of my personally favorite parts of last weeks' Sunday worship service (besides youth leading worship and a great sermon!) was the extended Q&A time we had AFTER the sermon. Together we were able to go over a couple great questions via twitter (#HCPreach) and also hear a few questions live from the congregation. It was really cool to see everyone sharing the resou...

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March 1st Sermon Follow-Up

In our last sermon of the "GOT PURPOSE?" Series we talked about the four things that get in the way of our GOING towards others with the Gospel. We said that sometimes when we try too hard to PRESENT the Gospel (Instead of naturally talking about it with the people we love) we come off as impersonal, preachy, intolerant or uninformed. Holden Chapel doesn't want to be any...

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Worship, Idols, and Solutions to All Our Moral Problems

Wow! We had a lot of great comments on twitter (hashtag #HCPreach) as we were preaching this past Sunday and we weren't able to address all the questions in our Q&A time. So below I've addressed a few more questions and included some of the information that I prepared for the sermon, but never ended up preaching! Feel free to keep talking about this. We love to hear ho...

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Dealing with Normality, Psychics and Ouija Boards, Oh My!

  In our sermon yesterday we discussed the span of the Israelite United Monarchy (1050-930BC). This is when Saul reigned as King, then David reigned, then Solomon reigned. We found out Saul (Wolverine), David (Lion, Elvis or James Bond?) and Solomon (N.T. Wright + Donald Trump) all failed in the quest of "being IN the world but not OF the world." At some point, they ...

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Naomi, Ruth and Boaz - A Story of HESED love

Yesterday at Church we focused on the book of Ruth. We saw HESED love (the love that takes commitments seriously) through the examples of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Since we live in a post-commital society this story is almost shocking to us. The levels of commitment and servanthood exhibited in those few chapters of Ruth serve to show us examples of the sort of love God has ...

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"Don't Try This at Home"

  During our most recent sermon @andrewbluepiano tweeted, "Shoulda started this sermon with 'Do not try this at home' #hcpreach." Haha, he was probably right. I (Pastor Mike) actually got lost but I heard my good buddy Aaron the High Priest of the Israelites showed up to explain to everyone what the sacrificial system (as seen in Leviticus chapters 1-7) is all about....

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Holiness: God & Us

It was good to be back with everyone! Yesterday we talked about the last 1/2 of the book of Exodus. We focused on the following points: God's Holiness in Exodus 19; God's laws for Holiness in Exodus 20; Israel's unholiness in Exodus 32 and God's Holy-Love in Exodus 34. We learned that since God is Holy we should never approach Him casually. But because of what Chr...

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BEREA

CAMP BEREA WAS AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEE! All together we were 15 strong - 9 men and 6 women. What a blast! We loved the worship band (ATTABOY), we learned a lot from the speaker, and we had way too much to do with the time we had - tubing, dominion, paintball, photo contest, basketball, volleyball, bouncy-ball competition, tuggle-war competition, etc. etc. etc. We didn't slee...

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God vs. gods

Yesterday we covered the first half of the book of Exodus. We focused on the story of Moses, the significance of the plagues and the reason Passover became the most important festival for the nation of Israel. It was great to hear from the students in the beginning of the service and also at the end during the Q&A time. We love our students and we want to make sure the...

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Your Responses to the Joseph Story

Below were your responses from Twitter as I was preaching on Sunday, including the pics you tweeted! Nothing needs to be added by me. I love how you all pick out stuff I never even noticed... you are such a fun congregation to preach to. I hope you enjoy seeing all the tweets together like this, I know I did!  The following tweets (many of which were "favorited" by o...

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Abraham Part II

  I was so encouraged at the end of our service when all of you were praising God for what God has done in your own lives. Each of us has our own story of how God has changed our name, our identity. What a witness to the power of God in the lives of His people! I felt so blessed to worship together with you in that way. It's so true...The story of Abraham is chock-fu...

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Abram's Call Q&A

Yesterday we moved into a new stage of Biblical history. Last week we finished Creation (Genesis 1-11) and for the month of February we will be talking about the time of Abraham (Genesis 12-50). On Sunday, I focused on two passages in specific: Genesis 12:1-3 and Genesis 22. We focused on the difficulty of Abram's call. We realized that although every person's story is u...

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Knowing the Important Stuff about Noah

Yesterday we began our sermon by watching the trailer for Noah which is coming out in a few months (Russell Crowe is Noah...how much cooler does it get?!!!). You can see it here. We then spent our time in the sermon focusing on the stuff that is most important in that story so that when everyone is talking about the movie, we can be prepared to know what we want to say t...

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Tweets, Snakes, Women and Freedom

Adam & Eve. ~3rd Century. Artist Unknown I couldn't believe how many good questions I received after the sermon yesterday on Genesis 3. You all are dialoguing very deeply with Scripture and whenever that happens, good questions come up! Please, keep up the good work! Below are some of the questions that I couldn't get to in our Q&A time:  From Twitter: @D...

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Tweets and Info on Psalm 8

I am just astounded by the fact that God made us in HIS image. It was a blessing for me to think about this topic last week as I was preparing the Sunday message on Genesis 2. It was also cool for me to see how people responded to it. Whereas after the sermon on Genesis 1 we had a lot of questions from Twitter - after Genesis 2 were a lot of reflections and responses. In...

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Tweets and I - Reflections on Genesis 1 (from Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014)

  Whew, what a beginning! Yesterday we started our journey in Genesis 1 by answering the question, "Where is God?" We found out according to Genesis 1, God made the earth His home. So God is HERE! We also were reminded that God is completely in control which means we can "cast all our burdens on Him, for God cares for us." We had a lot of twitter action and I wasn't ...

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Thou Shalt Not...Plagiarize!

There has been a lot of buzz in the last few weeks about a popular pastor in some Evangelical circles. Initially, Pastor Mark Driscoll was accused of plagiarism by syndicated radio host Janet Mefferd who produced photocopied documents of some of Driscoll's work side-by-side with some older stuff by other people. Driscoll's stuff didn't cite what was used. This is a probl...

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Blogging at you Tweeters - From Sunday, October 27th, 2013

This past Sunday was the first Sunday we attempted to incorporate Twitter into our worship service. I say attempted b/c for some reason the tweets weren't showing up on my computer. There was some sort of interference. This problem should be fixed soon, sorry everyone. So on Sunday, instead of responding to the tweets I opened up the floor for some Q&A after the sermon...

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The Great Samaritan in 3-D

This past Monday our young adult Bible study went over Luke 10:25-37. We read the passage, did a bit of research into why it was and is so radical and then we prayed together. We said a lot of things, but we were all struck by the counter-cultural-ness of it. In an age where we are so careful before we help others for fear of a lawsuit or a misunderstanding - God's message...

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