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Hope Has Set Us Free!

I have been burdened with the plight of the next generation. I first want to say that the chains that are binding you have been cut by the Blood of Christ Jesus that He shed on the Cross. With this burden on my heart I had a dream or vision. There were two people: One male the other female. They were both bound by chains to a large wall. They appeared to be happy but goin...

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Faith at the Fair

A couple weeks ago at a craft fair I went to with my mom, our neighbor, who was selling handmade Indian dream catchers, was talking with us. He was a friendly sort of guy, and always had something to say. At the end of the day, he gave me and my siblings a turkey feather and told us, "Now, you respect this feather, because if you do, you'll be able to give it power, and th...

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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 QA 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 resources ...

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Blessings Sightings

Seeing the blessings of the Lord around our church is so encouraging I wanted to share it with you. ...

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Prayer

There was once a man who by a long journey came to visit the temple of the God of the Jews. He stood in the chattering and the hustle and bustle of the court of the Gentiles. For that is what he was; an outsider, not of the people of God, born of a corrupt bloodline. He wore a t-shirt and blue jeans, and endured some strange looks because of it. He did not care. Having onl...

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Expecting the Unexpected

The expected is always unexpected. When you first read this odd statement, what did you think? That it was strange? Maybe that it was out of the blue? Something you never thought about before? Yes, it is strange, yes it was indeed out of the blue, and yeah, maybe it was something you had never thought about before. Let's look at it this way. You're sitting on the couch ...

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True Friendships

What is a true friend? A true friend is someone who sticks by you no matter what, supports you and genuinely cares about you and your well being. Recently I have seen that some people in life are only out for their own benefits, when it comes to a friendship and it stinks. The will say "hi" and "how ya doing?" and "what's up" and "you are such a great friend." Anyone can...

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Needed Support from God and Others

I have had a very busy and hard few months this new year, and also found out a lot during those months. When things get rough, you have a lot of bumps in the road. Nothing seems to go your way sometimes. Nothing makes anything better. You feel like you're failing. Then, you realize you're not. God is always there and you really need to take that in.As Jeremiah 29:11 says ...

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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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Owls

"I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in the far off wilderness." Psalms 102:6 When I read this verse, it made me feel small, like I was this little owl that seemed to be lost. This verse humbled me and made me feel a little happy as well because in God's eyes, each one of us are like that little owl in the far off wilderness. Lost. Maybe even a little scare...

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