Addiction, Shame, and Love

I’m sure that all of us have struggled with some type of addiction or are dealing with one currently and the majority of the time we don’t know how to deal with it. I for one tend to have no idea how to handle addiction the right way and sometimes I end up covering that addiction with another one. Whether the addiction happens to be with shopping, video games, drugs, school, or partying, God offers help in His word.

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Why Lent Matters ?

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Here some reasons why Lent matters.

•    Lent is a reminder of our need to repent. It means that we have to recognize that we are sinners and we have to lay down our sins to God. (Check out Shann’s blog on Repentance here.)

•    Lent is a way to remind ourselves that we need to put God first by giving up things that we devote our attention to such as sweets, video games, TV shows, etc. This helps put our human desires back on hold and it let God meet our needs.

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What Are You Thankful For?

Hey guys, let's take a step back from the early Christmas decorations and the looming Black Friday sales and instead get you thinking in the season of Thankfulness. There are plenty of things to be thankful for in your life, some things that you don't think about right away. Here are some things our staff is thankful for:

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Letting God take Control

I’ve got a great community that I enjoy hanging out with. I don’t have any financial worries. I have the means for good health… and maybe a little bit of indulgence in between (I think I’ve had steak like every week since school started haha). I’m set on a path that will lead me to my dream career. I’ve got a supportive family that will listen to all of my complaints and struggles.

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$3.00 Worth of God

I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal life in a paper sack, please. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God.

-Wilbur Rees

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Making Your Trip Count!

That was a cool mission trip! Now, what? After going to a few short-term mission trips, I can’t say that I am an expert at keeping the “mission-minded daily living” thing going. However, I know what I SHOULD do in order to keep the passion for Jesus I had during the mission trip still alive in my heart even when I get back to my comfortable house.

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WANTED: Actual generous people

More than ever, books, blogs and articles are being written shedding light on the disparity between the wealth of Americans and the West versus the majority of the world. Statistics like, “If you have 2 or more of something…then you are __ % richer than everyone else” abound. It’s easy to feel guilty about the state of the world or on the flip side hardened against it. So what does everyone do when the offering basket is passed to you in a 1000 seat sanctuary with a professional praise band and state of the art sound system playing softly while the preacher shares his vision on reaching the world? Or you watch a teary, fly ridden, African boy with a distended stomach from malnourishment on your Samsung 52” flat screen tv? Or you hear about another earthquake or tsunami hitting a part of the world you’ve never thought about before on your new Samsung Edge smartphone? What does everyone do? They give a little.

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