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Fixer Upper

I remember growing up in a time when TV’s weren’t flat, your entire family only owned one, and would gather around it as a group to enjoy our favorite show. There were no such things as remote controls (that's what kids were for) and there were roughly 3 stations to...

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You Are What You Eat

Have you ever gone on a junk food binge? I sure have. My biggest temptation is sweets. I can be at the mall around lunchtime with all the different aromas of food filling the air and the one thing I am drawn to is a warm gooey Cinnabon! Once I see it, I’m hooked. And...

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Living On Mission for Jesus

I recently read the story of David and Svea Flood. Swedish missionaries sent to minister in the Congo in the early 1900’s. They teamed with another couple Joel and Bertha Erickson. They made their way through the jungles of Africa, eventually establishing a small...

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The Power of Your Words

Our words have more power than we realize. We have all experienced the pain when someone says something hurtful to us. On the other hand, just one encouraging word from someone can lift us up greatly, giving us new life. There was a man in Bible named Joses. He was...

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Olympic Gold

“so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 As we approach the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, I’m...

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Excellence is Attractive

For years I worked a waitress and a bartender.  I so enjoyed my work because I love people and take delight in serving others. I found doing it with a spirit of excellence to be the most rewarding part. There is something so satisfying about doing things God’s way....

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Get Your Hopes Up

What comes to mind when I say the word, “HOPE”? Have you ever met a person that was downright delusional in what they wished for and yet they called it hope? Or are you inclined to be like my wife and I, who tend to be afraid of disappointment so can at times forbid...

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Living in True Community

Three years ago I arrived in New Jersey not knowing a single person, not having a home for myself and my children. This was a particularly difficult season in my life, and I was desperate for the Word of God. It was at that point when Acts 2:42 came alive for me....

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A Serpent and Santa

He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it  (it was called Nehushtan). He trusted in the LORD, the God of...

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The Legend of the Candy Cane

In the 1800’s the Candy Cane was designed to be a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. According to legend, it was created at a time when Christianity was oppressed in certain areas of Europe. You could not own a Cross or Bible, and there was a ban on public...

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Do Not Go It Alone – Matt Forte

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17 Our couples’ Bible study has been really great this year. We have a lot of men from our team come with their wives each week to better understand the Gospel and more specifically, how it...

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How Do We Simplify

By Tamela Davis 2016 was a chaotic year for our family. We relocated into our 4th house in four years, moved to Cleveland to start a new job with our second NFL team, welcomed a baby girl, making us outnumbered with 3 kids under 3, attempted to maintain other...

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Wait and See

I was raised in a different kind of family. I am African American, and so are my Mother and Father. But I was raised by my Stepfather who is Caucasian. I believe that having a white Stepfather had great influence on how I grew up. As a family we traveled the United...

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You Can Never Outrun God

“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” Psalms 139:7 Most if not all of us have experienced the horror of losing our cell phone at some point and if you haven’t, now is a good time to thank God! A dear friend of mine and member...

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Gratitude That Lasts – Demario Davis

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” — Philippians 4:6 Before we go to God to ask Him for anything, we need to be thankful for all that He’s given us, all that He’s done,...

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A Word on the Last Vegas Shooting

By Pastor Bryan Scott The reality of the evil of this world is overwhelming for us as adults. For a child, the horrors are too much for them to bear. But the gravity of the largest mass killing in modern US history on October 1st, prompted Becca and me to share with...

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Love Thy Neighbor by Demario Davis

Over the last year and a half, racial tensions have grown significantly in our country. I don’t know why that is. Racial tension has always existed in our world, but lately the flame has been stoked, causing people to feel like they have to choose a side. Recently,...

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Cleansing Stream Testimony

By Viola Castelli Cleansing Stream helped me to know that God knows my pain, my suffering, my sorrow, my joy. I know that He has been with me through every step of my life. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding;...

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