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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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Marriage - God's Laboratory

     During my sabbatical I am working through a course from Gordon-Conwell Seminary on marriage counseling. As I proceed through the reading I am once again in awe of God's love, wisdom and care for His people. I want to share with your from a book called Marriage Made in Eden, by Mathews and Hubbard.      Since we have Valentine's Day to ce...

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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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Dad, how do I know that God is real?

While washing dishes last night, my youngest son looked over at me and asked, "Dad, how do I know that God is real?" He went on to explain that lately, with all this talk about Genesis going on at Holden Chapel, he keeps fighting the thought that this might all just be "made up".  To be honest, I was not expecting such a deep question from an 11 year old. I was unpre...

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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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