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Fire and Sword
November 12, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Jesus died to give us the Sword of His Spirit to do battle! Do you need to kindle the fire of your desire for the Sword? Weaving the Word #81

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The Wicked Manager
November 5, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Like the wicked manager in this parable, our nature is prone to usurp the Lord’s authority, and to selfishly pursue our own sinful, self-destructive agenda. Puzzling Parables #23

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Who’s Keeping Records? Part 2
October 29, 2017
Larry Wersen

Forgiveness can be so powerful. You must release the person who caused you pain, in order to be released yourself. Otherwise, you will begin to resemble that person.

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Who’s Keeping Records?
October 22, 2017
Larry Wersen

Resentment, which comes to us so naturally, is the number one killer of relationships. True love keeps no record of wrongs, and by God’s grace, we can learn to release our resentments.

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The Wise Manager
October 15, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Our faith doesn’t fail when we fail Jesus. Sadly, we always hurt those we love. But, our faith only fails if we fail to turn back. Puzzling Parables #22

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Unready and Robbed
October 8, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Caring for others is an integral part of our created purpose. And, with a right heart, it brings deep and lasting joy. And, no one can rob you of that. Puzzling Parables #21

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Ready and Waiting
October 1, 2017
Bruce Wersen

A good waiter is prepared to serve; but, it’s not enough to just be ready. I must be watching and waiting and maintaining. Puzzling Parables #20

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Where Do I Leave My Review?
September 24, 2017
Chris Herbert

We are a recommendation for God every day. What would people say our lives and priorities show?

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The Rich Fool
September 17, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Jesus doesn’t say we can’t serve God and make money; He just says we can’t serve God and make money … our master. Puzzling Parables #19

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Lamb, Sheep, Shepherd, Wolf
September 10, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Are you on offense or defense with your faith? We are called to go on the offensive (without being offensive!) and share our shalom in Christ alone. Weaving the Word #80

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Six Sets Sent
September 3, 2017
Bruce Wersen

This short, troublesome life down here isn’t about the haves and the have-nots; it’s about the trusts and the trust-nots. Weaving the Word #79

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Walking in Kingdom Confidence
August 27, 2017
Larry Wersen

God has made Kingdom confidence available to give us the ability to stand firm when all hell’s breaking loose around us.

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Lord of the Harvest
August 20, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Being a lamb among wolves doesn’t disqualify us from participating in the harvest. It empowers us, by forcing us to put our trust in our Shepherd. Weaving the Word #78

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What Do You Expect?
August 13, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Faith isn’t trusting God to meet our expectations. True faith is trusting God to do what’s right in spite of our expectations. Weaving the Word #77

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Crazy Uncle Jesus
August 6, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We can be close in proximity while distant in relationship. Jesus goes home to confront those closest-and-farthest about their wrong-headed actions, and His rightly-harsh response. Weaving the Word #76

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The Will of God
July 30, 2017
Larry Wersen

The will of God is a relationship. It’s not an agenda, it’s an attitude. The more we grow in our relationship with God, as partners with Christ, the more we understand what He desires for us.

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Parting Ways
July 23, 2017
Bruce Wersen

How firmly do you resist the devil? How firmly do you resist God? Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Resist the Lord, and you will flee from Him! Weaving the Word #75

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A Wake in Jairus’ House
July 16, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Do you love the truth? How do you know if someone loves the truth? At its core, disbelief isn’t about knowledge; it’s about pride. Weaving the Word #74

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An Issue of Blood
July 9, 2017
Bruce Wersen

In the middle of a large crowd, everyone was clamoring to touch Jesus for healing. So why does this woman’s faith heal her and their faith doesn’t? It’s all about why she had touched Him. Weaving the Word #73

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The Waiting Rooms of Life
July 2, 2017
Larry Wersen

We live in a society today with fast cars, fast planes, fast boats, and fast food. God seems so slow sometimes, and often it’s for our own good.

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Jairus Joins the Party
June 25, 2017
Bruce Wersen

How did Jairus find his way to Jesus feet? He had to get past a lot of roadblocks! It’s quite a story when it’s woven together. Weaving the Word #72

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New Cloth & New Wine
June 18, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Do you fit Jesus into your life, or your life into Him? If it’s the first one, you’ll be torn between the two. Puzzling Parables #18

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Don’t Waste Your Hurts
June 11, 2017
Larry Wersen

God takes our experiences and uses them to shape and mold us into the person He wants us to become.

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Guests of the Bridegroom
June 4, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Know who’s on the Bridegroom’s guest list? Anyone in your life who wouldn’t expect your invitation or your generosity. Puzzling Parables #17

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The Offended Brother
May 28, 2017
Bruce Wersen

How many celebrations have you missed out on, simply because you were too offended by the person whose heart God was changing? Puzzling Parables #16

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Wise Men Invest God’s Way
May 21, 2017
Larry Wersen

Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God and Savior of all mankind, says, “Come and partner with me, and watch what I can do in and through you.”

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The Lost Son
May 14, 2017
Bruce Wersen

When we wander away from God’s boundaries and shelter, what we’re really “escaping” is peace, purpose, and protection. In the parable of The Prodigal Son, Jesus reveals a Father who wants us to leave the pigpen and come into His home. Puzzling Parables #15

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Lost Sheep & Lost Coins
May 7, 2017
Bruce Wersen

God emptied Himself of glory to find you. And He’s lit a lamp, His Word. And He’s calling out and searching, because you’re worth the search. Puzzling Parables #14

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The Pharisee and the Taxman
April 30, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Pride isn’t always bad, but it becomes destructive if it makes me feel superior or self-sufficient. Puzzling Parables #13

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The Battle for Joy
April 23, 2017
Larry Wersen

In the midst of those times when we are running low on strength, wisdom, ability, etc., it’s the Holy Spirit who enables us to experience the joy of Jesus Christ.

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The Vipers’ Den
April 16, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We’re well aware of Jesus’ final assignment on the cross; but, what do you suppose the first thing was, He was shown to do?

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Winner Winner Sinner Dinner
April 9, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We have to stop seeing sin as something we get away with, and start seeing it as something we’re saved from! Weaving the Word #71

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Recalling Matthew
April 2, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Matthew left the tax table for the King’s table, because he knew that we can only have one supreme obligation, and that, first and foremost, he was in the business of following his Lord. Weaving the Word #70

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Change: My Way or God’s Way
March 26 , 2017
Larry Wersen

When we see Jesus for who He really is, we want to unload our “baggage” and make changes to ourselves, with His help, to improve ourselves and influence those around us.

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Through the Roof
March 19 , 2017
Bruce Wersen

Jesus isn’t a genie. Genies have horrible reputations for ruining lives by granting wishes! Jesus is the un-Genie who kindly looks past our wishes to grant our needs. Weaving the Word #69

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Right in the Light
March 12 , 2017
Bruce Wersen

Have you ever begged Jesus to act in some way as He rows away, leaving you seemingly on your own, all alone, in the dark? Weaving the Word #68

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Left in the Dark
March 5 , 2017
Bruce Wersen

Jesus is establishing His kingdom with the Gentiles (non-Jews), at night to highlight the darkness surrounding all who live outside of it. Weaving the Word #67

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Hope Beyond the Grave
February 26 , 2017
Larry Wersen

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

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Dividing Demons
February 19, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Do you battle your demons alone? The only place we defeat our demons is at the feet of Jesus. Weaving the Word #66

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Demonic Duo
February 12, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We’re told that God uses the absurd to confound the self-assured! (1 Cor. 1:27) Like the story of the naked guy in the graveyard filled with demons, Jesus casts into pigs. Weaving the Word #65

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Calming the Storm
February 5, 2017
Bruce Wersen

During a crisis, we cry out for many things. But, somewhere deep in the crisis, there comes a moment when we shut up and listen, and look inward, and face what we need to see and change in us. Weaving the Word #64

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The Witness Stand
January 29, 2017
Deb Culver, Brian Gahan, and Willow McLaughlin

Three His Place “regulars” walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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What’s Your Excuse?
January 22, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We don’t dictate to Jesus when or where we’ll follow. He’s in command. We can only either obey or make excuses. Weaving the Word #63

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Straighten Up
January 15, 2017
Bruce Wersen

Faith that attracts like Jesus, will reach out and pull.  So, are those around you being pulled toward your faith, or pushed away? Weaving the Word #62

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New and Old Treasure
January 8, 2017
Bruce Wersen

We have a clear choice to make, each and every moment, in each dramatic day: we can think we know, or we can know we love. Puzzling Parables #12

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Pure Joy!
January 1, 2017
Graham Kerr

Perhaps the only time we can really understand great joy is after a great trial, or in the midst of it, when God breaks through and makes Himself known to us in a very special way.

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Naughty or Nice?
December 18, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We’re all ailing and ill, whether naughty or nice. The question is: Do you know it? And: Are you seeking the only cure for it?

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Dragging In the Fish
December 4, 2016
Bruce Wersen

A witness doesn’t barge in, or push forth their own agenda. Like fishermen, they wait patiently, watch attentively, and speak softly. Puzzling Parables #11

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The Hidden Pearl
November 27, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Why did Jesus tell two stories to make one point? How do they contrast? Both found treasure. Both sold all they had. But, the field guy hides his find. Puzzling Parables #10

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The Witness Stand
November 20, 2016
John Abenroth, Tessa McIlraith, and Larry Wersen

A city engineer, a school nurse, and a retired pastor walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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The Yeast in the Meal
November 13, 2016
Bruce Wersen

How well are you cooperating with the Holy Spirit to remove the yeast infection of hypocrisy and insincerity from your faith, so that you can be authentic, transparent, and candid? Puzzling Parables #9

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The Miraculous Mustard Seed
November 6, 2016
Bruce Wersen

This mustard seed doesn’t just reach its improbable potential; it exceeds all earthly expectations and limitations. Puzzling Parables #8

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Sow-and-Sow ... and Sow
October 30, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We’re part of something grand that we barely understand. So spread His Word even though you’ll likely “scatter” more than “sow”. Puzzling Parables #7

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Have You Found What You’re Looking For?
October 23, 2016
Chris Herbert

We can be blind to the miracles of Jesus, because we are looking in the wrong direction. Jesus can overcome our blindness and indifference. He will not let our current doubt be the end.

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The Wheat and the Weeds
October 16, 2016
Bruce Wersen

This broken world is an impossibly mixed mess of good and evil and 50 shades of grey. In media. In politics. In business. In everything. Fortunately, Jesus covers this confusing tangle in this parable. Puzzling Parables #6

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The Hidden Lamp
October 9, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We may complain about not hearing God’s voice, or understanding His will and His ways. But if we don’t bother reading His text messages, we’re settling for uncertainty in our faith. Puzzling Parables #5

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The Witness Stand
October 2, 2016
Roger Kinney, Blake Olin, and Cara Welk
A dietary director, a domestic engineer, and a high school teacher walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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When Tragedy Strikes
September 25, 2016
Bruce Wersen

How do we find comfort in a Creator who’s supposed to be loving enough and powerful enough to have stopped the disaster and all the suffering in the first place? Suffering feels like the absence of God’s love and power. But is it?

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Com’parables
September 18, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Are you bothered by the way Jesus speaks? Are you doing what it takes to get inside Jesus’ head and heart? Want answers? Abundance only comes through desire and pursuit and persistence. Puzzling Parables #4

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Sower, Seed, and Soil
September 11, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Jesus places His listeners into four categories by simply and brilliantly portraying them as soils. And in so doing, He simultaneously reveals Satan’s three weapons against our reception. Puzzling Parables #3

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Law & Order XVII: Perfect Harmony
September 4, 2016
Bruce Wersen

After three years of impassioned effort, and sixteen messages to lay it out line upon line, with no verse left out, out of order, or out of context, here is a paraphrase of a seamless harmony of Easter.

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The Witness Stand
August 28, 2016
Rayna Richards, Doug Vander Ark, and Brian Williams
A tech guy, a nurse, and a businessman walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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Law & Order XVI: 40 Days Later
August 21, 2016
Bruce Wersen

The resurrection story doesn’t end with Jesus floating away. It ends with a race against the clock, a sense of urgency to leave the nest, spread our wings, spread His Word, and fly!

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Law & Order XV: Do You Love Me?
August 14, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Jesus asks Simon Peter if he truly loves Him more than the other disciples. Why would Jesus ask such a thing? Because, it needs to be asked!

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Law & Order XIV: More Than 500
August 7, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Don’t admire Simon-Peter for jumping out of his own boat to get to Jesus on the shore. We can be so quick to jump ship, to get closer to Jesus, that we miss His part in our work-a-day purpose.

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The Witness Stand
July 31, 2016
Heidi Hayes, Nate Murray, and Jeremiah Wohlgemuth
A bass player, a high school teacher, and an improv artist walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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Law & Order XIII: Doubting Ditto
July 24, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Thomas is the only missing Apostle when Jesus appears to the others, and he never lives it down! They were all rebuked for doubting. So, why is Thomas singled out?

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Law & Order XII: Replacing Judas
July 17, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We’re not defined by past mistakes or triumphs. It’s not by wealth, career, car, power, popularity, or prestige. We’re defined by our current choices.

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Law & Order XI: Ascending in a Cloud
July 10, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We’re weaving together Jesus’ ascension. And, despite every harmonizer jamming it at the end, we’re keeping it where scripture puts it: on the night of His resurrection. This is a huge key for harmonizing the whole.

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The Witness Stand
July 3, 2016
Noah Richards, Pat Russell, and Kevin Welk
A doctor, a lawyer, and a bartender walk into a church … and share their perspectives and thoughts about recent Sunday morning sermons!

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Law & Order X: You Are Witnesses
June 26, 2016
Bruce Wersen

We are witnesses, not lawyers or judges. We wait, we watch, and when we’re called, we offer what we’ve seen for ourselves in our own words.

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Law & Order IX: The Angel on the Stone
June 19, 2016
Bruce Wersen

At Jesus’ tomb, Mary Magdalene found the stone rolled back and an angel sitting on it. Who is the angel on the stone? And, better yet: Who isn’t the angel on the stone?

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Why Did Jesus Keep His Scars?
June 12, 2016
Steve Lotze

Jesus didn’t have to keep any of the scars, let alone all the scars! So why keep them?  For what purpose? And to what end? Have you ever noticed that He never does anything by accident?

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Law & Order VIII: Two Men Who Gleamed
June 5, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Once we understand what Jesus is fulfilling at the tomb, we can appreciate His masterwork, and see the people He invited to be part of it.

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Law & Order VII: Hearing His Voice
May 29, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Do you know Jesus’ voice? If you do truly desire to know Him, He’ll meet you when He sees you searching with purpose and passion.

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Still-Anxious
May 22, 2016
Chris Herbert

Anxiety is equal opportunity: It attacks the strong, the weak, the tall and short. When life surrounds us with anxiety, how can we respond? In Psalms, David offered some suggestions.  

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Calew, Then and Now
May 15, 2015
Nick Harris

An overview and update on our missions in the Philippines.

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Law & Order VI: A Young Man in White
May 8, 2016
Bruce Wersen

These three remain: faith, hope, and love. Don’t settle for hope; fix your eyes on Jesus and go for a confident conviction.

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Law & Order V: Mary the Watchtower
May 1, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Several of Jesus’ disciples had nicknames. What do you think your nickname would be? Anchor or Storm? Rock or Mud? Watchtower or TV Antenna?

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Experience, Acknowledge, Overcome
April 24, 2016
Chris Herbert

In our relationship with God, we eventually move from experiencing Him to acknowledging Him. But acknowledgement was never meant to be the end result. We were made to be overcomers.

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Law & Order IV: Open Minds
April 17, 2016
Bruce Wersen

What’s it mean to have an open mind? It means to have an opened mind, which is something only Jesus can do … because, Jesus actually has a monopoly on truth.

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Law & Order III: The Road to Recognition
April 10, 2016
Bruce Wersen

On the road to Emmaus, how did Jesus change His form? His two disciples didn’t recognize Him until just before He left them. What about us? Will you recognize Jesus?

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Law & Order II: Peter’s Secret Confession
April 3, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Peter returns to the grave. Ashamed. Alone. Afraid. A self-deposed disciple in a broken relationship with Jesus. Ever been in Peter’s shoes?

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Law & Order: Looking for Jesus
March 27, 2016
Bruce Wersen

God’s Word stands firm! Yet, scores of slick YouTube accusations claim the Gospel accounts of the empty tomb are hopelessly contradictory. We’re gonna put line-on-line, law-on-law, here-a-little-there-a-little as Isaiah says, to see the fulfillment of the Law IN order.

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Above the Waves
March 20, 2016
Chris Herbert

At His last supper, Jesus had some ideas and knowledge he wanted his disciples to know, before everything got crazy! And these can help us too, when the waves of life can seem overwhelming.

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Woe, Woe, Woe
March 13, 2016
Bruce Wersen

The experts Jesus denounces know every detail the prophets wrote, and how Jesus is fulfilling them. But, they reject them, so they silence them, by not sharing them. Weaving the Word #61

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Give From the Inside
March 6, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Jesus is concerned with our motivation because, our inspiration to grow in true Christlikeness can only come from deep within a genuine heart of gratitude for who He is and all He’s done. Weaving the Word #60

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The Highway of Holiness
February 28, 2016
Graham Kerr

On our journey down the Highway of Holiness, there will come distractions in many forms. Like Jesus did, we can answer those distractions with, “It is written!”

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Here Are My Mother
February 21, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Do you take your relationship with Jesus for granted? Jesus points out that His true family, like His disciples, are those who hear the Word of God and obey it. Weaving the Word #59

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Demonized
February 14, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Jesus now explains how the generation of scripture experts, who tried to demonize Him, could have just watched a blind, mute, demon-possessed man be freed and healed, and remain blind and mute to what it means. Weaving the Word #58

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Jonah and Solomon
February 7, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Practice what you preach … and only preach what is true. You have a Savior who doesn’t waver. And, He’s in charge. Not the devil. Not the world. And, not you. Weaving the Word #57

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Raise the Bar
January 31, 2016
Chris Herbert

Like a car hitting a patch of black ice, sometimes our lives can unexpectedly spin out of control. Here are some things to get your heart and mind heading back in the right direction.

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The Unforgivable Sin
January 24, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Jesus’ “blasphemy of the Spirit” warning is aimed at the wolves who are chasing God’s children away from the One God sent to save. Weaving the Word #56

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Robbing the Strong Man
January 17, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Are you robbing God or robbing Satan? Jesus says we’re gonna rob one of ‘em, and we best choose wisely. Because, our Redeemer came to rob the strong man’s house! Weaving the Word #55

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A House Divided
January 10, 2016
Bruce Wersen

Is your heart a house divided, or united? Jesus won’t settle for a guest room in our heart’s house. He demands we make Him the heartbeat of our lives. Weaving the Word #54

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A Route to Eternity
December 27, 2015
Graham Kerr

When Treena breathed her last breath and the light faded, I knew that she was immediately “absent the body and present with the Lord”... and that she was asleep IN, or THROUGH, Him as she slipped peacefully into eternity.

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A Wise Anointing
December 20, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Are you being faithful with what was entrusted? Those Wise Men sure were. But why frankincense and myrrh? It’s a clue to a Christmas treasure hunt!

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The Widow’s Son
December 6, 2015
Bruce Wersen

What’s it mean when Jesus raises a widow’s dead son? It means that One stronger than death, One greater than fate, One more powerful than any suffering that can come … has come. Weaving the Word #53

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The Centurion’s Servant
November 29, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Jesus was amazed at the Centurion who asked for healing for his servant, because he recognized, respected, and revered His authority, unlike Jesus’ followers. Weaving the Word #52

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Simon the Pharisee
November 22, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Was Simon the leper a Scribe, a “graduate school” Pharisee, who opened his home to Jesus? If so, it’d sure explain why he was chosen to go offer the testimony. Weaving the Word #51

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Enough
November 15, 2015
Chris Herbert

When I’m complaining about the provision for my family, I’m really complaining against God. But He is good to us in spite of our attitude, most of the time.

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Tah-MAY the Leper
November 8, 2015
Bruce Wersen

No matter how scaly our sin, Jesus wants in, to embrace us. And comfort us. And heal us. If only we’ll bow and allow. Weaving the Word #50

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The Foolish Builder
November 1, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Only a dynamic walk with Jesus can offer peace and hope when the emotional, relational, and physical “wadis” flash-flood your life. Puzzling Parables #2

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Two Gates, Two Roads
October 25, 2015
Bruce Wersen

When your feet hit the floor, which gate do you take? Do you choose the easy way that takes a toll and takes you down? Or, the firm and narrow way that frees your soul and takes you home? Weaving the Word #49

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Hole in Your Roof
October 18, 2015
Chris Herbert

Jesus is so much more in tune with our thoughts, actions, and intentions than we are aware. And when we act in line with His character, it has an eternal impact.

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Ask, Seek, and Knock
October 11, 2015
Bruce Wersen

We receive truth to the degree it answers a question we have. We retain truth to the degree of effort we put into finding it. And we realize truth to the degree that we share it with others. Weaving the Word #48

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One-Eyed Sin Pickers
October 4, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Jesus warns His young apprentices about being judgmental. Even though their blind eye robs them of perspective, they use what truth they see with their one good eye to pick at each other’s sin. Weaving the Word #47

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Don’t Worry, Be Faithful
September 27, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Jesus doesn’t say we can’t serve God and make money; He just says we can’t serve God and make money … our master. Weaving the Word #46

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No Shortcuts
September 20, 2015
Chris Herbert

There are no shortcuts to character. We cannot become the people we want to be, without having challenges. And God meets us in our adversity, and works with us and in us to overcome.

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Eyeing the Treasure
September 13, 2015
Bruce Wersen

What type of treasure are you collecting: The kind that seeks the approval of man, or the type that seeks the glory of God? Weaving the Word #45

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Amen
September 6, 2015
Bruce Wersen

We pull everything together we have learned about the Lord’s Prayer Guide, practicing it as an index, to pray, pause, and personalize. And finishing with the final word on the final word on prayer. Weaving the Word #44

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Kingdom, Power, and Glory
August 30, 2015
Bruce Wersen

We personalize this part of the Lord’s Prayer Guide by praising God’s authority, supremacy, brilliance, and eternal nature. Weaving the Word #43

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Deliver Us From Evil
August 23, 2015
Bruce Wersen

This is one of the most encouraging, reassuring, hopeful lines in the Lord’s Prayer Guide … for when we fail. This is a prayer for the overwhelmed. Going under. Gasping for air. Weaving the Word #42

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The Anchor Holds
August 16, 2015
Chris Herbert

Paul talks about this hope we have as an anchor for the soul. That Jesus is in the sanctuary with the Father to advocate for us, and to be a mediator between us and God. And we can hold onto this hope when things are rough.

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Not Into Temptation
August 9, 2015
Bruce Wersen

In the Lord’s Prayer Guide, after confessing our committed sins (“forgive us our debts”) we now pray offense and we personalize this portion with our potential sins. Weaving the Word #41

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As We Forgive
August 2, 2015
Bruce Wersen

“Forgive us our debts” has that unnerving clause: “As we forgive our debtors”, i.e. those who owe us … whatever! Being forgiving is a function of being forgiven. Weaving the Word #40

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Forgive Us Our Debts
July 26, 2015
Bruce Wersen

God gave everything. We gave nothing. So, we owe everything, and He owes nothing. Yet, even while we were debtors, Jesus died for us! Weaving the Word #39

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Out With the Old, In With the New
July 19, 2015
Chris Herbert

New ideas need a new way of looking at life. New insights from the Holy Spirit require a transformed mind. And Jesus gives us a new birth to bring us into His new life.

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Our Daily Bread
July 12, 2015
Bruce Wersen

This may be the verse that we’re the most out-of-touch with! So, how do bread-blessed folks like us, personalize this portion of the Lord’s Prayer Guide? Weaving the Word #38

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This Life Matters
July 5, 2015
Josh Kelley

What we do here matters, because going to heaven is not a reset button! What you do with your body and how you care for others matters. Art and caring for creation matters.

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Your Will Be Done
June 28, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Jesus called God the Gardener, because He created us to live with Him in His garden. So, are you cultivating the crop our Father calls us to produce? Weaving the Word #37

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Your Kingdom Come
June 21, 2015
Bruce Wersen

In our prayers, as in our lives, God’s kingdom must come … first! So, what is the kingdom of God? And, how does it come? Weaving the Word #36

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Our Father, In Heaven
June 14, 2015
Bruce Wersen

God isn’t like a father; just the opposite. Everything great about fatherhood is a mere reflection of Papa-God! Weaving the Word #35

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The Lord’s Pattern
June 7, 2015
Bruce Wersen

The Lord’s Prayer is a template for talking to God. It’s an index on which to hang our darkest secrets and our deepest needs, fears, hopes, and praise. Weaving the Word #34

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Praying Like Children
May 31, 2015
Bruce Wersen

If you want your prayer life and your relationship with the Lord to grow and flourish, you have to become a good listener. Weaving the Word #33

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Growth Power
May 24, 2015
John Birk

Being fully God and fully personal, the Holy Spirit plays a vital role in our salvation and spiritual growth.

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Babbling Like Pagans
May 17, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Failure doesn’t make you a hypocrite … dishonesty does. Failure makes you a loser. But, thank the Lord for how much God loves losers! Weaving the Word #32

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Secret Significance
May 10, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Your value cannot be lessened by whatever has defiled you, whether at the hands of another, or your own poor choices. Weaving the Word #31

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Love/Hate Relationship
May 3, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Scripture refers to two worlds: the world’s people and the world’s system. One we’re called to love and embrace, the other to reject and hate. Weaving the Word #30

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Hate Your Enemies
April 26, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Learn to hate your true enemies, and you’re bound to care about the bullies in your life. Weaving the Word #29

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Christ in the Passover
April 19, 2015
David Brickner

David Brickner, head of Jews for Jesus, re-creates the traditional Passover service and explains how it foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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Dividing the Robe
April 12, 2015
Bruce Wersen

To be in God’s will doesn’t mean all is well, but it means you’re part of something far greater than yourself.

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Suicide Mission
April 5, 2015
Bruce Wersen

What did the centurion see, standing in front of Jesus at the foot of the cross, that made him say, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”?

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Slap Happy
March 29, 2015
Bruce Wersen

From the time we’re two we learn to strike back in revenge. So, from the time we’re reborn we must relearn to hold back. Weaving the Word #28

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To Grow or Not to Grow
March 22, 2015
John Birk

We all have a choice virtually every day - to grow or not to grow in our relationship with God in Christ. And to grow, we must actively pursue: knowing, believing, loving and obeying our Savior.

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Turn the Other Cheek
March 15, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Do you treat the enemies of your faith the way they treat you? Or, do you treat ‘em the way you hope they’ll one day treat you? Weaving the Word #27

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God as My Witness
March 8, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Your word affects your witness of the Word. So, only say “yes” when you mean absolutely nothing less; and “no” when you know that you mean no. Weaving the Word #26

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Committing Divorce
March 1, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Are the married forever married in the eyes of God? Are the remarried committing adultery in God’s eyes? Weaving the Word #25

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Unchurch - 2nd Service
February 22, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions, including questions about the sermons “Murder Charges”, “Go and Be Reconciled”, and “The Heart of Adultery”. (2nd service questions were different from 1st service questions.)

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Unchurch - 1st Service
February 22, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions, including questions about the sermons “Murder Charges”, “Go and Be Reconciled”, and “The Heart of Adultery”. (1st service questions were different from 2nd service questions.)

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The Heart of Adultery
February 15, 2015
Bruce Wersen

How’s your sex drive driving you? The power of our sexual drive and desire is commanding. But, it doesn’t have to be controlling. Weaving the Word #24

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Go and Be Reconciled
February 8, 2015
Bruce Wersen

If I want to be what Jesus would be if He were me, I must seek to reconcile with those who sin against me, and love them first. Weaving the Word #23

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Murder Charges
February 1, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Murder and f-bombs are bad and rightly judged; but, anger and ‘clean’ synonyms can be far more sinister, because they’re so deceiving. Weaving the Word #22

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Unchurch - 2nd Service
January 25, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions, including questions about the sermons “Lumen Essence” and “Surpassing Righteousness”. (2nd service questions were different from 1st service questions.)

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Unchurch - 1st Service
January 25, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions, including questions about the sermons “Lumen Essence” and “Surpassing Righteousness”. (1st service questions were different from 2nd service questions.)

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Surpassing Righteousness
January 18, 2015
Bruce Wersen

There are the sins we hate, and the sins we accommodate and downplay and try to hold onto—even as we follow Jesus. Which sins do you repeatedly exploit God’s grace to excuse? Weaving the Word #21

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Lumen Essence
January 11, 2015
Bruce Wersen

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Not “should be”, “could be”, or “will be”, but “are”. Which begs the question: How bright is your light? Weaving the Word #20

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Finishing Well
January 4, 2015
Graham Kerr

Let our witness be a flash of silver to someone who’s searching, and we can pass along the baton of peace and joy that only comes from knowing God.

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Unchurch - 2nd Service
December 28, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions about sermons, the Bible, and his personal faith. (2nd service questions were different from 1st service questions.)

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Unchurch - 1st Service
December 28, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions about sermons, the Bible, and his personal faith. (1st service questions were different from 2nd service questions.)

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A Wise Man’s Gold
December 21, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Let the world push and shove and honk in their festive frenzy! Don’t bite. Don’t take the bait. You’re celebrating the Prince of Peace. You’re pursuing the King of Christmas.

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A Salted Savior
December 7 , 2014
Bruce Wersen

Everyone will be salted with fire, but the Lamb of God was salted with our sin. Therefore, though we must stand before the All Consuming Fire, we will be renewed by His Spirit within us. Connect the Jots #11

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Unchurch - 2nd Service
November 30, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Expect the unexpected from our first Unchurch Sunday. Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions about sermons, the Bible, and his personal faith. (2nd service questions were different from 1st service questions.)

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Unchurch - 1st Service
November 30, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Expect the unexpected from our first Unchurch Sunday. Pastor Bruce was put on-the-spot with live questions about sermons, the Bible, and his personal faith. (1st service questions were different from 2nd service questions.)

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Theirs Is the Kingdom
November 23, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Where is heaven? Can God leave heaven? Did Jesus leave heaven to dwell on earth? When Jesus was teaching on the hillside above the lake, where was heaven? Weaving the Word #19

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Blessed Are the Miserable
November 16, 2014
Bruce Wersen

What in the world could Jesus mean, “Blessed are the poor”? When you pray for God’s blessing, do you ever think, “Take away my money”? Weaving the Word #18

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Apprenticeship Training
November 9, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Jesus doesn’t want a duplicate; He wants a disciple. I’m called to be like Jesus would be if He were me. Weaving the Word #17

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The Unappointed Apostle
November 2, 2014
Bruce Wersen

After a spending the night praying, Jesus chose His twelve apostles. But there’s a hidden story: the unappointed apostle who deserved to be among the twelve far more than Judas. Weaving the Word #16

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Mission
October 26, 2014
Chris Herbert & Nick Harris

Jesus came for us on mission. He lived His mission, and He didn’t care what people said about Him and His mission. (Includes an update from Pastor Nick about our missions in the Philippines.)

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Focused on the Fish
October 19, 2014
Bruce Wersen

How many times have you perceived failure as a curse, when in fact it was a blessing – to get you, keep you, or return you, to the right path, your true calling, your created purpose? Weaving the Word #15

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An Astonishing Catch
October 12, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Mankind is caught in the enemy’s wicked net. We’ve all been weighed and found wanting. However, we still have hope, because we haven’t been eaten … yet! Weaving the Word #14

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A Fish Story
October 5, 2014
Bruce Wersen

When it comes to supposed contradictions in the Bible, we can accept what the enemy says, or we can blindly trust God’s truth, or we can ask and seek and knock, and find a rock-solid answer. Weaving the Word #13

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It’s OK to Be Normal
September 28, 2014
Josh Kelley

The church warns us to avoid this cliff called sin. But we can be unaware of another cliff, called self-righteousness. And the further we get away from one, the closer we get to the other.

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Shriveled Sheep
September 21, 2014
Bruce Wersen

How obsessed are you with God’s will, God’s heart, God’s voice, God’s Word, God’s Son … and your righteousness? Connect the Jots #10

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Healing a Shriveled Hand
September 14, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Jesus hates religion as much as He loves restoration. But restoration is substituted with religion by those who want to be liked by God, but don’t want to be like God’s Son. Weaving the Word #12

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Working on the Sabbath
September 7, 2014
Bruce Wersen

God instituted the day off, a weekly day of rest: the Sabbath. He directed His people to relax, and they directly turned it into the most religiously exhausting day of the week! Weaving the Word #11

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Witnessing Without Weirdness
August 31, 2014
Josh Kelley

1st Peter has one of the best passages in the Bible about evangelism. It gives us steps on how to talk to people: to be a witness without being weird.

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Backyard Missionaries: Staying Put with Purpose
August 24, 2014
Bruce Wersen

We tend to think of the mission field as anywhere outside of our own zip code, when actually that’s the exception to the rule. We’re called to the mission field that surrounds us.

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Called to Greatness
August 17, 2014
Josh Kelley

Greatness is not found in how much you do, but how well you do what God has called you to.

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Enemy of Sin: Follow-up to “Friend of Sinners”
August 10, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Sin isn’t a random list of fun things God doesn’t want us to do. The Friend of sinners is saying, “Here’s what’ll destroy you, and those around you; what’ll destroy your relationships with other people, and with Me.”

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Friend of Sinners
August 3, 2014
Bruce Wersen

So often, as believers, we become experts at serving the Lord, but remain amateurs at being His friend. Connect the Jots #9

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The Lord’s Work
July 27, 2014
Josh Kelley

You don’t have to quit your job, sell your possessions, and become a missionary to India in order to make God happy. God has commissioned you to work right where you are.

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Such Great Faith
July 20, 2014
Bruce Wersen

In Jesus’ ministry, we see back-to-back officials who come to Him with the same request. One is scolded, and the other is told he has great faith. Why the difference? Connect the Jots #8

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Follow the Thread
July 13, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Where won’t you follow Jesus? What’s He asked you to do that’s just too unreasonable and too risky … from your perspective? Connect the Jots #7

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Why Does It Take So Long?
July 6, 2014
Wayne Nonoshita

It’s possible to grow old without growing up. Why does it take us so long to grow up? For followers of Jesus Christ the problem is that we have two natures, and these two are always at war with each other.

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Healing a High Fever
June 29, 2014
Bruce Wersen

What part of your created purpose is bedridden, because of a feverish desire for something self-serving and self-destructive? Weaving the Word #10

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Teaching With Authority
June 22, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Jesus didn’t take authority as much as He offered authority. And that kind of authority comes from a position of true power. Weaving the Word #9

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The Echo
June 15, 2014
Chris Herbert

We live in a culture of echoes. We repeat what we see, hear, read, and watch. In a time of instant messaging, communication, and gratification, have we lost the noble art of pausing, contemplating, then acting?

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Creating Connections: Relating to Those in God’s Word
June 8, 2014
Bruce Wersen

One of the diabolical deceptions is that we can’t relate to the very real people who populate the stories in the Scriptures. The truth is, people haven’t changed, God hasn’t changed, and He’s waiting in His Word.

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Joining Forces: Becoming Deliberately Vulnerable
June 1, 2014
Bruce Wersen

You will strengthen, encourage, and comfort others when you become deliberately, emotionally vulnerable to them.

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Wind at My Back
May 25, 2014
Chris Herbert

God’s wind is not in your face, opposing you just to oppose you. But to change your direction, to change your attitude, and to form His character in you.

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Seizing Significance: Realizing Our Role in the Story
May 18, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Your book—your story—is being authored as you live it out. You are the ultimate reality show! And, your viewing audience is cheering for you.

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Breaking Mindsets: Sanctified by the Spirit
May 11, 2014
Bruce Wersen

We’re hay-wired with a malfunctioning system! But the Autopilot of God’s Word will set your course and steadily change you, from the inside out, by breaking your mindsets.

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Taking Action: Transformed by the Story
May 5, 2014
Bruce Wersen

God is drawing us into the story; so … now what? Well, we’re drawn into the Word to be drawn out of the world.

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Am I the Only One?
April 27, 2014
Chris Herbert

The miraculous moments of God become miraculous in mundane moments. They’re ordinary moments that become extraordinary because of something small that happened. What small thing has God invited you to do today?

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Epic Easter: Drawn Into the Story
April 20, 2014
Bruce Wersen

How do you view God’s Word? Bible study or Bible story? Your view will determine whether you reflexively avoid it or embrace it.

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Get Away and Pray
April 13, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Did you open your Bible this last week? If not, you’re not alone. Bible dust is a chronic problem among believers. Connect the Jots #6

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Calling Fishers of Men
April 6, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Like the fishermen He calls to be fishers of men, Jesus asks us to leave our nets to follow Him. So … what’s in your net? Weaving the Word #8

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In Tune
March 30, 2014
Chris Herbert

The same voice that spoke this world into existence give us life, and wants to speak to us. How can we tune in to His voice, separating it from all the other ones clamoring for our attention?

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Dwelling in the Kingdom
March 23, 2014
Bruce Wersen

If you’re born in a US embassy on foreign soil, you’re a citizen of the United States of America. If you’re reborn in the embassy of Christ, you’re a citizen of God’s eternal Kingdom. Weaving the Word #7

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Songs of the Servant
March 16, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Isaiah wrote four Songs of the Servant. Again and again they tell of the Servant being a light to His oppressors, even as His own people reject Him. Connect the Jots #5

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Informed
March 9, 2014
Chris Herbert

Our lives take shape and form based on what, or who informs us.

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The Bridegroom
March 2, 2014
Bruce Wersen

How do you engage God? In His Word. Scripture is where He reveals, proposes, and vows. And, that’s why it’s critical to seek Him after you’ve accepted Him. Connect the Jots #4

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The Woman at the Well
February 23, 2014
Bruce Wersen

What’s your deepest well of shame? The one you hope no one will discover? The world tells us to deny it, justify it, or blame it. But, you can’t receive His grace if you won’t acknowledge your shame. Guess Who? #5

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Nicodemus
February 16, 2014
Bruce Wersen

The story of the Pharisee Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Ruling Council that conspired against and condemned Jesus, is one of the great, hidden victories of Christ! Guess Who? #4

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Excrement
February 9, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Have you recognized, acknowledged, and confessed all your filth? Or, are you still holding onto it? Have you relieved yourself of the shame associated with it? Or, are you still holding onto it? Connect the Jots #3

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Super Sunday
February 2, 2014
Chris Herbert

How we finish is important. Though we are down, we are not out. And in the midst of pressure lies incredible opportunity.

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Jesus Moves to Capernaum
January 26, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Christ conquered the valley of the shadow of death, descended into the Dead Sea, and broke the yoke of slavery to sin. Weaving the Word #6

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Elisha
January 19, 2014
Bruce Wersen

If Elijah was the forerunner of John, who’s Elisha (who received a double portion where the Spirit descended on Jesus), representing? Guess Who? #3

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Elijah
January 12, 2014
Bruce Wersen

Elijah ran from his fears and assumed God’s power was found in earthshaking fire and wind. But, it turns out that God prefers the gentle whisper of a controlled tongue. Guess Who? #2

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First Love
December 29, 2013
Graham Kerr

The Holy Spirit is given to us to help guide us in our obedience to his command to love God, neighbor, and self. In other words, my weakened faith is jump started by the Holy Spirit’s presence!

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Jesus’ Temptation Continues
December 22, 2013
Bruce Wersen

We’re required to live with the tension of trust between us and God. And, we don’t like it, and the enemy knows it, and exploits it! Weaving the Word #5

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The Temptation of Jesus
December 15, 2013
Bruce Wersen

The Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted. But, aren’t we supposed to flee temptation? We’re told to flee temptation but not the tempter. We have to face him in battle. Weaving the Word #4

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John the Baptist
December 1, 2013
Bruce Wersen

When would anyone ever fall away on account of Jesus? When He isn’t what we expect. Don’t make the mistake of doubting Jesus when He doesn’t match your expectations. Guess Who? #1

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Doves
November 24, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Why would the Holy Spirit appear as a dove? John the Baptist said Jesus came to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. But, why a dove? What’s it mean? Collect the Critters #1

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Try Harder
November 17, 2013
Chris Herbert

Comparing ourselves to others without proper perspective can lead to a dangerous cycle. So, how do we break the cycle of trying harder, fatigue, failure, and guilt?

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The Baptism of Jesus
November 10, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Jesus begins His journey by repenting on behalf of all mankind. When Jesus stepped into the Jordan, He stepped into our shoes. Weaving the Word #3

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Word Play
November 3, 2013
Bruce Wersen

The Bible is God’s autobiography, diary, plans, purpose, and revealed will … for you. God himself has sent you the ultimate text message! Weaving the Word #2

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Words for the Whys
October 27, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Jesus was never a question and answer man. He was a question and question man. Parables require pursuit, and Jesus is always all about pursuit. Puzzling Parables #1

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Missions Sunday
October 20, 2013
Nick Harris

There are missionaries (you), there’s the mission (share your faith), and there’s the mission field (where you’re gonna share). Your mission field is, more than likely, here in the good, old USA.

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The Yeast of Hypocrisy
October 13, 2013
Bruce Wersen

The Pharisees and Sadducees had one thing in common: they were both hypocrites! The teaching of the Pharisees was truth without grace; the Sadducees, grace without truth. Connect the Jots #2

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The Blood of Grapes
October 6, 2013
Bruce Wersen

In a perfect setting, a celebration, a wedding, God-the-Gardener proclaims with this sign that His Son, the True Vine, has come! Connect the Jots #1

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Line Upon Line
September 29, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Righteousness doesn’t come from independent, self-sufficient devotion to rites and rules, but through a childlike relationship with Righteousness itself! Weaving the Word #1

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I'm Kind of a Big Deal
September 22, 2013
Chris Herbert

Sometimes we pray for a change, and then when an opportunity arrives, we think it’s beneath us. We are kept from healing because we believe we are above the necessary steps.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 60: Finishing Well
September 15, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph did what God expects His faithful fruit to do as it ripens: he presented himself as an ever sweeter, brighter offering unto the Lord.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 59: The Death of Grace
September 8, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph’s brothers feared that the death of Jacob signaled the death of Joseph’s grace! 17 years in Goshen, and they’ve never fully received what Joseph has so freely, joyfully given.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 58: Rest Assured
September 1, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Do you see death as a conquered enemy? For the believer, death is a door, and the door has a merciful name.

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Living to Make God Famous
August 25 , 2013
Wayne Nonoshita

God has designed us to fulfill 5 purposes in a balanced way. So, how do we move toward perfect balance in the Christian life?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 57: Deathbed Blessings
August 18, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph and his brothers gather at their father’s deathbed to hear his blessings. They assemble there, but not in any apparent order; not by birth, not by mother. Why?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 56: Going On Seventeen
August 11, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Nothing can separate you from Christ’s love … except you! He’s the Word, in the Ark, cast down, in the flesh, as an anchor, in the storm, to cast His net, as a Fisher of Men!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 55: Four Fifths
August 4, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Jesus came to collect: your power, property, security, independence … and trust. Everything! And we discover that true freedom only comes when we’re bound to Christ.

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Walk Away
July 28, 2013
Chris Herbert

Freedom for us is waiting. It’s as simple as responding to Him. Being fully aware of our superstitions, we still respond. Jesus says to us, "Do you want to get well?"

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The Story of Joseph, Part 54: The Blessing of Goshen
July 21, 2013
Bruce Wersen

However difficult your journey has been, there’s an eternal purpose for it. Your life is a pilgrimage, equipping you to bless.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 53: Scarred Reunion
July 14, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Believing that God has promised what He has, and that He’ll do what He’s promised, is what turns wounds into scars. And scars serve to remind us of the battles God has brought us through.

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Jump Starting in the Spirit
July 7, 2013
Graham Kerr

The Holy Spirit is given to us to help guide us in our obedience to his command to love God, neighbor, and self. In other words, my weakened faith is jump started by the Holy Spirit’s presence!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 52: Dislocating Israel
June 30, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Jacob receives the worst/best news he’s ever had: his beloved son Joseph ‘returns from the dead’ and offers him the best of Egypt … if he’ll leave the Promised Land!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 51: Changing Clothes
June 23, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph gives Benjamin five sets of clothes, and God throws down the challenge: “See if you can find what those five sets of clothes might represent!”

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The Story of Joseph, Part 50: Just Fine
June 16, 2013
Bruce Wersen

To remove their shame, Joseph must find a way to let his brothers pay a just fine in a demonstrable way. Like Jesus, he found a way to pay the price on their behalf and take their shame.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 49: Never Say Die
June 9, 2013
Bruce Wersen

When Joseph’s brothers throw themselves on his floor they transform, in the twinkling of Joseph’s teary eyes, from betrayers to brothers.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 48: Passing the Test
June 2, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph is giving his brothers a test with huge consequences. He’s not testing them to see if they deserve what he longs to give, but if they’re capable of receiving it!

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Building a Body
May 26, 2013
Wayne Nonoshita

Organs and limbs can’t fulfill their purpose without being connected to a body. In the same way, we need to be connected to the body of Christ: a group of believers we are committed to.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 47: Out of the Bag
May 19, 2013
Bruce Wersen

To have their deepest needs met, Joseph’s brothers must feel the grief they’ve inflicted, and die to self. Likewise, to receive true life from God, we must die to the self that denies His authority.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 46: The Silver Cup
May 12, 2013
Bruce Wersen

A cistern is just a big ol’ cup! And this cup of betrayal that Joseph entered had to be completely free of any trace of moisture.

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Date With Destiny
May 5, 2013
Chris Herbert

How we define life largely determines our date with destiny. Thankfully, there are three Biblical metaphors that can greatly impact your life here and into eternity.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 45: About Face
April 28, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Unbeknownst to his brothers, Joseph was celebrating a reunion, 22 years in the making. And the banquet they share is all about the face … and the tears.

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Awake at the Gates: Submitting to the Sign of Jonah
April 21, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Condemning is one of the most self-centered things we can do, because we use condemnation to lift ourselves up by putting others down.

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Asleep at the Keel: Waking to a Greater Reality
April 14, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Paul says to fix our eyes on the greater reality, of the unseen eternal, and realize that we live in a lesser reality, a poor reflection of the true reality found only in Christ.

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Shuteye Q&A: Follow-Up to the Easter Sermon
April 7, 2013
Bruce Wersen

The “Shuteye” sermon on Easter Sunday has raised a lot of questions, not to mention eyebrows! This Q&A session provided lots of answers; the 3-hour recording has been edited down to 51 minutes.

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Making God Smile
April 7, 2013
Wayne Nonoshita

God didn’t have to create you or me. He wanted to! And a big part of our created purpose is the joy and gladness and satisfaction that we bring to our Creator.

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Shuteye: Envisioning an Invisible God
March 31, 2013
Bruce Wersen

If God designed a definitive analogy, allowing everyone, ever born, everywhere, every day, to sufficiently perceive everything, what would that be like?!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 44: Blast From the Past
March 24, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Besides being part of a larger picture of God’s sovereign, gracious plan, most of this story centers on a self-absorbed young man maturing and learning the full meaning of forgiveness.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 43: A Skunk in the Offering
March 17, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Selfless acts, motivated by gratitude, are fragrant to God, but sacrifices that aren’t sincerely selfless just stink!

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For His Purpose
March 10, 2013
Chris Herbert

What is the driving force in your life? When we choose to put our faith in Christ, He said He will transform our motivations from self-centered to love-driven.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 42: Judah Takes Action
March 3, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Repentance isn’t just a feeling, a surrendering, a receiving, a desiring, a resolving, a choosing, or even a committing. Repentance is incomplete until it’s an action.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 41: Hidden Treasure
February 24, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph takes everything his brothers have, in exchange for everything they need. Likewise, salvation is the free gift that will cost me everything! And I’ll gladly, joyfully pay!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 40: Selecting Simeon
February 17, 2013
Bruce Wersen

When my strength and God’s Spirit disagree, I must surrender to His love and look to His cross. The cross is the ultimate demonstration of ultimate strength under ultimate control of Ultimate Love.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 39: Reuben’s Rescue
February 10, 2013
Bruce Wersen

It’s no coincidence that Joseph’s brothers see God’s hand, and confess their guilt, after Joseph responds, perhaps reluctantly, to please God.

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Joy Beyond Grief
February 3, 2013
Todd Cullop

We only find healthy joy beyond grief (the goal) by entering into grief with raw honesty (the process); but, we often hold back because it feels like unbelief (the obstacle).

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The Story of Joseph, Part 38: The Black Space
January 27, 2013
Bruce Wersen

Joseph is in a very dark place: God is speaking and directing, but Joseph is putting the Lord on hold, because he doesn’t want to do what he knows God wants him to do.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 37: Spy vs. Spy
January 20, 2013
Bruce Wersen

The battle has begun: it’s a grudge match with God, between Joseph’s lust for revenge and his need for reconciliation.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 36: Deeply Ingrained
January 13, 2013
Bruce Wersen

God knew that nothing short of a famine would get Joseph’s brothers to go to Egypt, confront their sin, repent, seek His will, and find their purpose. And all this goes for Joseph too, by the way.

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Are You Lookin’ at Me?
December 30 , 2012
Todd Cullop

God gives us greatness, but greatness requires risk. Self-consciousness can prevent us from taking those risks, and accomplishing something really great.

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Keeping Watch (Christmas Message)
December 23, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Have you ever wondered why, when the angels announce Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, they don’t give ‘em an address or something? Who are these guys and how’d they know where to go?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 35: Lord of the Feast
December 16, 2012
Bruce Wersen

To those who are starving, the man with food is king. Pharaoh is Lord of the famine, but Joseph is Lord of the feast!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 34: The Harvest Years
December 2, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Joseph has just seven years to prepare to feed the world for seven whole years! And if he fails … well, pretty much everyone dies!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 33: Primed Minister
November 25, 2012
Bruce Wersen

We shouldn’t dismiss this part of Joseph’s story as a fairytale, or something to rush through on the way to the New Testament, or we’ll miss so much!

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Habits of Prayer
November 18, 2012
Todd Cullop

There have been many messages about getting into the habit of prayer. And that’s good … but it can be bad, too.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 32: The Last Laugh
November 11, 2012
Bruce Wersen

The greatest foreshadow of the Savior’s sacrificial death for sin is named Laughter (Isaac). Why? Well, just like Joseph, Jesus gets the last laugh!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 31: Seizing the Opportunity
November 4, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Keep this in mind, because it’s true of everyone we encounter: God is speaking to them and He wants to ease their troubled hearts and minds.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 30: Joseph’s Appearance
October 28, 2012
Bruce Wersen

God has been working in Joseph’s heart. And Joseph is embracing and displaying his true identity even now, even here. How about you?

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Missions Sunday
October 21, 2012
Nick Harris & Todd Cullop

Just like parents long for their children, God longs for each of us. Even those who don’t follow him. Especially those who don’t follow him!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 29: Nightmare on the Nile
October 14, 2012
Bruce Wersen

When you’re having a bad dream, isn’t it wonderful when someone wakes you up, and you open our eyes and realize all is not lost?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 28: Dating Joseph
October 7, 2012
Bruce Wersen

At the end of the day the credibility of God is founded on the reliability of His Word because, when I’m most tempted to doubt Him, I have to rely on what His Word says about Him!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 27: The White Space
September 30, 2012
Bruce Wersen

How do you trust God when He appears untrustworthy? How do you remain faithful when circumstances suggest that He isn’t?!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 26: The Butler Didn’t Do It
September 16, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Those, whose eyes are open to the obvious, have both the joy and the obligation of sharing the whole truth of salvation.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 25: Serving Time
September 9, 2012
Bruce Wersen

As chapter 40 unfolds, Joseph is learning the great truth of what true greatness is. God defines success by our depth of intimacy with Him, and our ministry to others.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 24: The Pit of Despair
September 2, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Here’s an obvious truth that’s easily overlooked: when you’ve descended to the bottom of the pit, stop looking down! We are never more tempted to despair than when life is unfair.

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Complete Joy
August 26, 2012
Todd Cullop

Joy isn’t like happiness. Happiness is fickle and fleeting and it comes from externals. Joy is this deep … something … that passes all understanding.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 23: Convictions
August 19, 2012
Bruce Wersen

If Potiphar knew that Joseph was innocent of attacking his wife, why did he imprison him? And if he knew his wife was guilty, why’d he pardon her?!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 22: Screaming for Love
August 12, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Freud said spiritual longings are just frustrated sexual desires. But, what if our sexual desires are frustrated, foreshadowed, spiritual longings?

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The Heist
August 5, 2012
Chris Herbert

There is an enemy to your life story. And he wants to steal whatever God is doing in your life.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 21: The Grip of Lust
July 29, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Lust is different from most other sins. We weren’t designed to hate or kill. But sexual desire is part of our created-identity (like hunger). So, lust is a natural appetite, out of control.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 20: Master Desire
July 22, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Joseph is handsome but not perfect. This isn’t a story about a man who can’t be tempted. It’s a story of a deprived man, facing the toughest temptation of his life!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 19: Power House
July 15, 2012
Bruce Wersen

As his attendant, Joseph now shares Potiphar’s power and prosperity. So, how will Joseph choose to use his new found power?

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God’s Point of View
July 8, 2012
Wayne Nonoshita

How do we stay encouraged in the midst of our problems? It starts by seeing our problems from God’s point of view.

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I Choose Joy
July 1, 2012
Todd Cullop

Joy is a state of being, not just a feeling. It comes when we choose to live life the way God intends. But practically speaking, how do we choose joy?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 18: Living the Dream
June 24, 2012
Bruce Wersen

We’re following Joseph into Potiphar’s house, and opening a dark, locked closet in Joseph’s heart, to see what keeps him from writing home.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 17: Going Through Goshen
June 17, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Potiphar saw what Joseph believed … and it was attractive. Even though Joseph had been horribly victimized, he refused to play the victim. That’s eye-catching!

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Overcome
June 10, 2012
Chris Herbert

As Paul tells the Ephesians, it’s not a matter of if but when we will face battle. But thanks be to God, you will and can overcome!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 16: Fieldwork
June 3, 2012
Bruce Wersen

We often fail to see our lives outside the church as ministry, but just like Joseph, you were created for the fieldwork!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 15: Scent to Serve
May 27, 2012
Bruce Wersen

We often demand that God fulfill our desires, unwilling to acknowledge or accept the unpleasant aspects of life as necessary parts of the individual journey to who and what you were always meant to be.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 14: The Lion’s Tale
May 20, 2012
Bruce Wersen

God’s power to redeem is only experienced in humility and best displayed against a backdrop of human weakness. That’s why God said to Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

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There Is Still Fight In Me
May 13, 2012
Chris Herbert

Sometimes in life, we have lost the will to fight, long before it’s over. But even when we underestimate ourselves, God never does. He sees more in us than we see in ourselves.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 13: The Lion Swallows His Pride
May 6, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Grace is the big surprise of the Bible! Again and again, God meets our sin with grace, and guides us into grateful obedience.

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The Clue or the Treasure?
April 29, 2012
Chris Herbert

Have you ever been searching for something, and it was right in front of you? The scriptures, and even the yearning of our souls for acceptance, all have clues that point to Jesus.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 12: The Lion Trap
April 22, 2012
Bruce Wersen

In the beautiful ugliness of chapter 38, we see the wretched depths to which God’s holy grace will sink into the muck to rescue and redeem sinners, like us, when we’re at our worst!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 11: The Lion Sleeps
April 15, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Judah’s rebelliousness in chapter 38 of Genesis provides an incredible contrast to Joseph’s faithfulness in chapter 39. Joseph will stand out from the pagan culture that surrounds him, even as Judah blends in with his.

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Ramifications
April 8, 2012
Bruce Wersen

We’re given only one story from Jesus’ boyhood, and it takes place in Jerusalem during Passover. There was a national Passover lamb, elaborate ceremonies, and a city-wide celebration.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 10: Lion on the Lam
April 1, 2012
Bruce Wersen

This chapter of Genesis underscores how radically honest we need to be about our sin and selfishness and depravities. And what happens when we flee the failings that the Great Physician wants us to face.

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Rest
March 25, 2012
Chris Herbert

Have you ever come home from work and thought, is it supposed to be this difficult? Is it supposed to be this hard? Well, it wasn’t designed that way.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 9: In the Meanwhile
March 18, 2012
Bruce Wersen

God is often most at work when He seems most hidden. So, what are we supposed to do when we find ourselves in the “meanwhile” where God seems to be so distant?

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The Story of Joseph, Part 8: Deceiving Joseph
March 11, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Satan is called both the deceiver and the accuser. He tries to tempt and frighten us into adding our own “abracadabra” to God’s promises, and then relentlessly accuses us for doing it.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 7: Cut Off
March 4, 2012
Bruce Wersen

The law serves grace by revealing and condemning our sin; but, rules and rituals are powerless to remove sin and redeem us. The law is only the mirror we use when we wash our face, but the grace of Jesus is the soap and water that scrubs us clean.

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Why I Follow Jesus: Rolling the Dice
February 26, 2012
Chris Herbert

I can’t prove God’s existence to others, but I need to eliminate my doubt. And what I found not only did that, but gave me a foundation for belief, and shelter from future doubt.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 6: Trading the Promise
February 19, 2012
Bruce Wersen

It’s not enough to trust God’s Word; we have to trust His timing. Faith is living without looking for loopholes. It’s refusing to trade God’s promises for man’s shortcuts.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 5: Into the Pit
February 12, 2012
Bruce Wersen

The way we react to those who wound us is far more important than how we’ve been wounded, because our response reveals where our trust really is.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 4: Settled in Shechem
February 5, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Just as Joseph’s brothers misused the seal of God’s covenant (circumcision), when we use His Word as a “weapon” in an unkind, unloving way, we’re not saving souls, we’re killing them.

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Don’t Wade In
January 29, 2012
Chris Herbert

Sometimes we are blind to things in our lives. Jesus came to heal us, but we can’t be fully healed until we are a part of what He’s doing in the world.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 3: Robe of Wrath
January 22, 2012
Bruce Wersen

You think you’re too big’a mess-up for God to use? Here’s a flash: He only uses mess-ups! Know why? That’s all there is!

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The Story of Joseph, Part 2: Out of Control
January 15, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Joseph may be the central figure of this story, but it’s really about how the Lord uses Joseph to transform a scheming, controlling, highly dysfunctional family into the nation of Israel.

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The Story of Joseph, Part 1: Born Into Brokenness
January 8, 2012
Bruce Wersen

Genesis isn’t an academic resource to be accessed and referenced … it’s a real-life world to be entered. And the more you get into it, the more it’ll get into you.

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Average Joe: Stepdad of a Savior
December 18, 2011
Bruce Wersen

There’s not much about Joseph in the Bible story, and he pretty much misses out on all the extraordinary, spectacular stuff. That just never struck me as fair! So, let’s see what all we can know about Joe. (NOTE: Audio improves at 2:24)

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Red Chairables, Part 14: The Rich Fool
December 4, 2011
Bruce Wersen

This parable isn’t as much about the Haves and the Have-Nots as it is about the Trusts and the Trust-Nots. Contentment doesn’t come from a lack of desire; it comes from an abundance of trust (in the goodness of God).

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Beached by God
November 27, 2011
Graham Kerr

Jesus said we must carry our own cross to be His disciples. So for us, as Christ followers – or modern-day disciples – what is our cross and how well will we finish?

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Red Chairables, Part 13: The Rich Man and Lazarus
November 20, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Among Jesus’ dozens of recorded parables, only one fictional character in one story is given a name: Lazarus. And you have to wonder why.

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Red Chairables, Part 12: The Shrewd Manager
November 13, 2011
Bruce Wersen

If our love for God isn’t greater than our love of money, we won’t be able to be spiritually shrewd with our worldly wealth for His eternal purpose.

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Giving the Bread Away
November 6, 2011
Chris Herbert

The message of the cross is for you to be a blessing to humanity. Jesus died for you, He rose for you, and He’s redeemed you to do something significant, to do good.

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Handling Halloween
October 30, 2011
Bruce Wersen

When you sift through the history, the myths, and the urban legends of Halloween, you find a mixed bag of traditions from many sources. So, how do we handle this mish-mash American secular holiday?

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Remembering Forward
October 23, 2011
Chris Herbert

When you look back on moments in your life, do you recall pain, hurt, rejection, and loss? Paul urges us to forget what is behind us and strain toward what is ahead.

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Is the Sacrifice Worth It?
October 16, 2011
Nick Harris

The sacrifices we make to help others hear God’s good news are definitely worthwhile. A report of the church’s involvement in the ever-growing Philippines ministries.

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Overview of the NT: The Victory of Redemption
October 9, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Today we string the NT books and their context in chronological order. Exact dates are disputed, but my goal isn’t to argue dates. I want to tell a story!

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Route 66, Part 66: Revelation
October 2, 2011
Bruce Wersen

John’s letter unveils a single portrait of Jesus as Righteous Judge and Conquering King!

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Route 66, Part 65: Jude
September 25, 2011
Bruce Wersen

We can’t contend out of weakness, and according to Jesus’ little brother Jude, complacency is not an option.

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Route 66, Part 64: 3 John
September 11, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Why is it that believers who’d never think of coaxing someone into murder, strife, deceit, and malice, often give so little consideration to coaxing them into God-hating gossip?

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Route 66, Part 63: 2 John
September 4, 2011
Bruce Wersen

2nd John is a micro version of 1st John. John wants us to discern deception and respond with truth that’s balanced with love.

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Route 66, Part 62: 1 John
August 28, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Whatever the heresy, it’s always about the same one thing: diminishing Jesus as God’s Son always conveniently ends up justifying sin and rationalizing disobedience.

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As Is
August 14, 2011
Todd Thompsen

We humans come only one way: as is! And like porcupines, we all have sharp quills that can get raised when we feel threatened. But that’s not how God intends us to be.

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Red Chairables, Part 11: The Good Shepherd
August 7, 2011
Bruce Wersen

We can choose to be led into security, freedom, and joy, or driven by our impulses, pride, or fear into death and destruction. But, if we’re going to follow, we have to know the Shepherd’s voice.

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Red Chairables, Part 10: The Unshrunk Cloth & The New Wine
July 31, 2011
Bruce Wersen

We can’t make ourselves spiritually healthy or holy with inflexible,  rules-based religion. We’ll only shrink the joy we have in grace and burst under the pressure.

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Just Keep Swimming
July 24, 2011
Chris Herbert

It seems as we “progress” as a society, we lose our ability to endure and persevere through stress. There will be pain and struggles in life, but don’t use that as an excuse to quit!

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Red Chairables, Part 9: The Friend at Midnight
July 17, 2011
Bruce Wersen

This parable tends to be avoided; because, it compares God to an indisposed friend who must be badgered into offering assistance.

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Red Chairables, Part 8: The Hidden Treasure & Priceless Pearl
July 10, 2011
Bruce Wersen

The point in both these parables is that God’s kingdom doesn’t come without our surrender; so, there is a cost to be counted … and it’s absolutely, categorically worth it!

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Count the Hidden Cost
July 3, 2011
Todd Thompsen

If you were going to stay at a Motel 6 for just a few days, how likely would you be to spend any time or money redecorating and refurnishing the room?

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Route 66, Part 61: 2 Peter
June 26, 2011
Bruce Wersen

In this follow-up letter, Peter deals with those who pick and choose which of Jesus’ commands to follow. And if ever there was a model of total surrender and passionate, undivided devotion, it’s Peter.

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Route 66, Part 60: 1 Peter
June 19, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Anyone ever mischaracterize your beliefs as being judgmental or unloving? You’ll never reflect Jesus more powerfully or convincingly than when you suffer unjustly and bless those responsible.

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Route 66, Part 59: James
June 12, 2011
Bruce Wersen

James is often compared to Proverbs, because he offers so much practical teaching in short-burst statements. But, it’s all one big challenge to examine our faith and confirm that it’s authentic, or confess that it’s artificial.

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Count It!
June 5, 2011
Chris Herbert

God doesn’t look at situations and people the way that humanity does. With His help, we can change and start to see things the way He does.

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Salad Days
May 29, 2011
Graham Kerr

As Christians, we want to grow beyond what Shakespeare called, “my salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood.” Let us be awake and watchful, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

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Route 66, Part 58: Hebrews
May 22, 2011
Bruce Wersen

The writer of Hebrews made the unusual choice of not including his or her name. But whoever it was, the bigger question is: Why didn’t they sign such an incredible work?

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Route 66, Part 57: Philemon
May 15, 2011
Bruce Wersen

In Paul’s shortest surviving letter, he asks Philemon (a wealthy believer Paul had led to the Lord) to have mercy on a returning, runaway slave named Onesimus.

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Route 66, Part 56: Titus
May 8, 2011
Bruce Wersen

When you’re living on an island, and surrounded by “Cretans”, a slack effort seems admirable by comparison! That’s why ye be needin’ to chart a course, find a loyal crew, and keep a sharp eye … Yarr!

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Searching in Cemeteries
May 1, 2011
Chris Herbert

All of humanity is groaning and searching for hope, purpose, and healing. But we look for life in broken places!

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Is the Gospel Graspable ?
April 24, 2011
Bruce Wersen

How was Jesus fully man and fully God? How could God both die on a cross and observe from Heaven? The answer is the Trinity. But, how do we begin to comprehend a God who is three and one?!

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Are the Claims Credible?
April 17, 2011
Bruce Wersen

The integrity of the Bible doesn’t matter if the original writers had ulterior motives, or were delusional or gullible. We would simply have a reliable copy of unreliable claims!

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Voice of Life
April 10, 2011
Chris Herbert

The Words of God are more than we give them credit for. His voice was and is the origin of our life. And His voice restores us, heals us, calls us, and transforms us.

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Is the Bible Reliable?
April 3, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Seeing how fervently God worked to communicate, authenticate, and preserve His Word, tells us volumes about how passionately He wants to get the message of His love, grace, and life to us.

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Route 66, Part 55: 2 Timothy
March 27, 2011
Bruce Wersen

It’s rather difficult to read Second Timothy and come to the conclusion that Christianity offers any kind of quick and easy solution to suffering.

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Route 66, Part 54: 1 Timothy
March 20, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Although Timothy had been traveling with and assisting Paul for over 15 years, it seems Paul had far more faith in Timothy than Timothy had in Timothy.

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Wasteful Giving
March 13, 2011
Chris Herbert

Jesus desires an intimate relationship with us, but proximity does not equal intimacy. We need to be careful that our routines and practices don’t become rituals without heart.

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Route 66, Part 53: 2 Thessalonians
March 6, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Paul wrote this letter because someone had convinced the Thessalonians that their suffering was happening because Jesus had already come back, and they were left behind.

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Route 66, Part 52: 1 Thessalonians
February 27, 2011
Bruce Wersen

This letter, most likely Paul’s very first epistle, is one of comfort, instruction, and encouragement to fledgling believers who are faithfully enduring bitter persecution.

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Route 66, Part 51: Colossians
February 20, 2011
Bruce Wersen

The Colossians received this letter, not because of their size or prominence, but because of the insidious doctrinal errors bombarding them on every side!

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Route 66, Part 50: Philippians
February 6, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Seventeen times Paul uses the word “joy”, “rejoice”, or “glad” as he challenges the Philippians to respond to their situation the way he is responding to a possible death sentence.

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Route 66, Part 49: Ephesians
January 30, 2011
Bruce Wersen

Ephesians is a short letter of encouragement to a group of believers that Paul had been very close to. Paul’s theme throughout the book is to imitate Christ; the objective is to be an imitator without being an imitation.

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This Is Our Giant
January 23, 2011
Chris Herbert

When David faced Goliath, he moved from just observing to actually doing something for God. How do we make that move in our own lives?

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Route 66, Part 48: Galatians
January 16, 2011
Bruce Wersen

In Galatians, Paul confronts and tackles the heresy of Christian Pharisees who convinced gentile converts that they must abide by Old Testament laws and customs in order to complete their salvation in Christ!

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Route 66, Part 47: 2 Corinthians
January 9, 2011
Bruce Wersen

The Corinthian church has a new problem: False teachers with impressive credentials claim that Paul is a fraud and a con artist. So Paul is compelled to “boast in the Lord” and defend his credibility.

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Moving Ahead in 2011
December 26, 2010
Wayne Nonoshita

Since Jesus abandoned His life for us, let’s honor Him in the new year by serving others, telling others our story, and lavishly pouring ourselves out for Him.

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Star of Wonder
December 19, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Who were the “wise men” from the east? And why would they, as gentiles, want to track down and worship the King of the Jews?

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Route 66, Part 46: 1 Corinthians
December 5, 2010
Bruce Wersen

There was a saying the Corinthians apparently loved to repeat: “Everything is permissible!” That was their sad interpretation of grace, and it set Paul’s teeth on edge.

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Route 66, Part 45: Romans
November 28, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Romans has long been referred to as the Gospel according to Paul. But, whereas the Gospels tell Jesus’ story, this book perfectly defines Jesus’ message.

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Route 66, Part 44: Acts
November 21, 2010
Bruce Wersen

In his Gospel, Dr. Luke wrote about Jesus’ life and death … and life. Now, in this sequel, he documents the first 30 years after Jesus leaves the planet.

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Broken, Not Finished
November 14, 2010
Chris Herbert

God made us to be great and perfect in love, to give our lives away. That is the goal of transformation.

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Route 66, Part 43: John
November 7, 2010
Bruce Wersen

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke circulated for over two decades. But as false doctrine and heresy crept into the faith, John realized that a vital emphasis on Jesus was missing.

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Route 66, Part 42: Luke
October 31, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Luke is the only book in the New Testament written to a gentile from a gentile. This investigative report examines the humanity and compassion of Christ.

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Route 66, Part 41: Mark
October 24, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Mark is the Gospel for short attention spans; and, it’s fondly referred to, among Bible teachers, as the “AD/HD Gospel”.

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The Road to Calew
October 17, 2010
Nick Harris

In Genesis chapter 32, Jacob received healing and a limp in a moment. Both made him stronger.

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Route 66, Part 40: Matthew
October 10, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Matthew is writing in order to evangelize the Jewish communities, and to strengthen the faith of the Jewish believers, a mission for which he is uniquely qualified.

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The Silent Years
October 3, 2010
Bruce Wersen

There are 425 years between the Testaments, referred to as the silent years. However, in Daniel God speaks plainly about what’s going to occur during this time.

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Overview of the Old Testament: The History of Redemption
September 26, 2010
Bruce Wersen

The Old Testament is an epic record of grace and compassion and deliverance and salvation and restoration. To read it any other way is to miss the point entirely.

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From Dust to Life
September 19, 2010
Chris Herbert

God has given us a desire to achieve, and He wants us to use that longing to help us strive to possess perfect love. The beginning of the path to our goal is humility.

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Red Chairables, Part 7: The Wheat and the Weeds
September 12, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Every gardener understands the frustration of weeds. You pull them, you spray them, you curse them, and yet they come right back. Turns out, God has His own gardening problems.

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Red Chairables, Part 6: The Two Foundations
September 5, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Has a storm ever caught you by surprise? No umbrella. No coat. How miserable! In this parable, we learn that although the storms of life are inevitable, being prepared is a choice.

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Red Chairables, Part 5: The Barren Fig Tree
August 29, 2010
Bruce Wersen

The message of this parable is simple: There’s a season of grace to produce the fruit of faith before your deadline comes.

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Red Chairables, Part 4: The Jealous Brother
August 8, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Jesus finished the parable of the prodigal son with a celebration. Now, He continues with the story of the jealous brother, and His warning is simple: don’t be a party pooper!

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Red Chairables, Part 3: The Prodigal Son
August 1, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Sin is “fun” for a season, but it’s shortsighted and superficial. It’s an attempted shortcut to happiness that always ends in misery.

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The Butterfly Effect, Part 1: Divinely Ordinary
July 25, 2010
Chris Herbert

The phrase “butterfly effect” refers to the idea that a small, mundane event like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can have huge consequences somewhere far away. We need to keep this in mind as we make decisions and go through what might seem to be a mundane, ordinary day.

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Red Chairables, Part 2: The Talents
July 18, 2010
Bruce Wersen

It’s tempting to feel sorry for the one-talent man in this parable. Well, we’ve lost something in the translation. To Jesus’ listeners, this guy would’ve come off as a real jerk!

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Red Chairables, Part 1: The Unmerciful Servant
July 11, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Those who refuse to forgive are trapped in a type of prison. And the strange thing about this particular jail is that the locks are on the inside … and the convicts hold the keys!

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Finishing Well
July 4, 2010
Wayne Nonoshita

Marathon runners know they must have a plan and be well-trained for the race. Life is a lot like a marathon: It’s not about a fast sprint, but it’s about finishing well.

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Walking With a Limp
June 27, 2010
Chris Herbert

In Genesis chapter 32, Jacob received healing and a limp in a moment. Both made him stronger.

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Spirit of Sonship
June 20, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Without the lens of Christ, our perception of the Father will be distorted. It’s through Jesus that God’s passionate love, absolute justice, and sacrificial grace converge and unite.

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Overview of the Old Testament: The History of Redemption
June 13, 2010
Bruce Wersen

The Old Testament is an epic record of grace and compassion and deliverance and salvation and restoration. To read it any other way is to miss the point entirely.

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Route 66, Part 39: Malachi
June 6, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Malachi is a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. He’s the final voice of the prophets until John the Baptist preaches repentance, 460 years later, in preparation for the Messiah.

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Training vs. Trying
May 30, 2010
Jeffery Portmann

There is an immense difference between training to do something, and trying to do something. Spiritual transformation is not a matter of trying harder, but training purposefully.

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Route 66, Part 38: Zechariah
May 23, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Zechariah reveals to his people that they are part of God’s cosmic plan to reach the entire world for His Kingdom, and that they must prepare the temple because their King is coming!

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Route 66, Part 37: Haggai
May 16, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Haggai is a motivator with a simple message: “BUILD THE TEMPLE!” And he has something that few other prophets had: success!

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Route 66, Part 36: Zephaniah
May 9, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Zephaniah recognized spiritual complacency in his people and knew where it was leading them. So, he uses the strongest language he can muster, to try and shock them out of their indifference.

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Soundtracks
May 2, 2010
Chris Herbert

There are many voices out there competing for your attention. What captivates your attention?

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Route 66, Part 35: Habakkuk
April 25, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Habakkuk is watching all of King Josiah’s righteous reforms unravel. And, he can’t comprehend how God could just stand by and do nothing.

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Route 66, Part 34: Nahum
April 18, 2010
Bruce Wersen

God chose Nahum to proclaim Nineveh’s inevitable doom, not as a warning to the Ninevites, but as a comfort and consolation to His people.

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Catch and Release
April 11, 2010
Chris Herbert

There was an interaction between Jesus and His close friend Peter that, if we look closely, could change ourselves and maybe the way we look at our future.

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Change of Perspective
April 4, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Imagine how radically the disciples’ perspective of the crucifixion must have changed after the resurrection.

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Route 66, Part 33: Micah
March 28, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Micah presents three alternating messages of doom and hope as if he were in a courtroom. And God is coming quickly to witness against His people.

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New Identity - True Security
March 21, 2010
John Birk

Our sense of identity plays a crucial role in our lives. It shapes us and our sense of security. Thankfully, God has provided a solution for our intimacy and identity needs in Christ.

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Route 66, Part 32: Jonah
March 14, 2010
Bruce Wersen

No other prophet was more reluctant to fulfill his mission, more successful in his assignment, or more infuriated by his own success!

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Route 66, Part 31: Obadiah
March 7, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Proverbs says that “Pride goes before destruction”. And Obadiah tells the Edomites just how thorough their ruin will be.

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Route 66, Part 30: Amos
February 28, 2010
Bruce Wersen

With societal safeguards and prosperity like ours, it’s way too easy to disconnect from a personal sense of responsibility and to become enslaved to comfort and addicted to luxury.

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Balance or Compromise?
February 21, 2010
Nick Harris

The scriptures say we are to live in the world but not be of the world. What does that mean? It means that we have choices to make.

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Sweetheart Sunday : Splitting the Adam
February 14, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to refresh our picture of God’s ideal of marriage as a great source of intimacy, joy, and a reflection of His passionate love for us.

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Route 66, Part 29: Joel
February 7, 2010
Bruce Wersen

This is the message of Joel: “Rend your heart and not your garments.” In other words, don’t just go through the motions of what you think will pacify and placate God.

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Route 66, Part 28: Hosea
January 31, 2010
Bruce Wersen

The story of Hosea is unlike any other in the Bible. If you’re not familiar with it, the premise can come as quite a surprise: God tells prophet to marry prostitute!

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Getting What You Want
January 24, 2010
Josh Kelley

Prayer can sometimes seem like a roulette table: Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn’t. But what if having your prayers answered is a skill, which any of us can develop? Guest speaker: Josh Kelley (pastor at The Gathering).

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When the Earth Shakes Our Faith
January 17, 2010
Bruce Wersen

Those who don’t believe in God say that he either couldn’t stop the tragic earthquake in Haiti or he wouldn’t stop it, and that either option invalidates the God of the Bible.

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Route 66, Part 27: Daniel
January 10, 2010
Bruce Wersen

As a young Daniel was torn from his family and home and taken to Babylon, he clung to his faith. He had no idea that his devotion was destined by God to impact pagan kings, nations, and empires.

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Our Stories
December 27, 2009
Graham and Treena Kerr

Graham and Treena share their stories (warts and all) of coming to a relationship with Jesus, and the importance of sharing our own stories.

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The 12 Steps of Christmas
December 20, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Those well-known twelve steps of recovery have been adapted to just about every addiction and dysfunction – so why not the holidays?!

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Route 66, Part 26: Ezekiel
December 13, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Ezekiel uses parables, poems, proverbs, and prophecies to try and convince his people to give up their idols and worship God.

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Route 66, Part 25: Lamentations
November 29, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Sin lures us with the promise of lasting joy and satisfaction outside of God’s will, but left unchecked, its final result is inevitably bondage, devastation, grief, and separation from God.

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Route 66, Part 24: Jeremiah
November 22, 2009
Bruce Wersen

The message of Isaiah was, “The end is near.” Jeremiah’s message is, “The end is here!” He’s the only recorded prophet to be present for (and to ride out) the invasion of Judah, the exile, the final destruction, and the aftermath.

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Unstuck
November 15, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

Life has a way of draining our spiritual momentum. God gives us power to push through our pain, distraction and disappointment.

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Route 66, Part 23: Isaiah
November 8, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Prophecy is so important in God’s Word that it occupies one third of the whole Bible. And Isaiah is considered the greatest prophet of them all!

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Route 66, Part 22: Song of Solomon
November 1, 2009
Bruce Wersen

God’s primary purpose in inspiring this book seems to be to help us realize that physical intimacy, in its healthiest sense, honors the Lord, and should be celebrated as a gift from God.

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Route 66, Part 21: Ecclesiastes
October 25, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Poor King Solomon: There was no possession he couldn’t own, no place he couldn’t go, no pleasure he couldn’t experience. He had everything … except fulfillment, joy, and peace of mind.

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Philippines Mission Sunday
October 18, 2009
Nick Harris

Pastor Nick recounts this year’s adventurous mission to the Philippines, and gives an update on the His Place missions and outreaches there.

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Taming the Tantrum Within
October 11, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

We are in total control of how we handle anger. We must be careful that we do not let anger lead us down a life that dishonors God, harms others, and alienates us.

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Route 66, Part 20: Proverbs
October 4, 2009
Bruce Wersen

If the Bible was a car, Proverbs would be the tires, because this is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to applying spiritual truth.

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Route 66, Part 19: Psalms
September 27, 2009
Bruce Wersen

It’s important to keep in mind that the Psalms are lyrics! And they were married to passionate, expressive music to deepen their impact on the heart and mind of the listener.

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Walking in the Light
September 20, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

When we can’t see, the enemy can deceive us. We need light in our lives, and Jesus is the light of the world. Because of Him, as Christians we can also provide light to others.

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Route 66, Part 18: Job
September 13, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Job is considered the oldest book in the Bible, and it addresses the oldest, most common question to man: “Why?!”

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Route 66, Part 17: Esther
September 6, 2009
Bruce Wersen

The Lord simply laughs at the enemy’s attempts to thwart His plans; and in Esther, He invites us to laugh along with Him!

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Route 66, Part 16: Nehemiah
August 30, 2009
Bruce Wersen

At times, we must choose between luxury and purpose. Like Nehemiah, we can either stay in the “palace” of comfort, or get in the game to pursue and fulfill God’s purpose!

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Fragile Faith
August 23, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

When we lack eyesight we need insight. Even if we can’t see, God is closer than we think. He is present in the midst of our pain and disappointment.

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The Disease to Please
August 16, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

Pleasing people can be a double poison: it hurts us, and we think we’re spiritual for doing it. But fearing people more than fearing God is a sin.

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Route 66, Part 15: Ezra
August 9, 2009
Bruce Wersen

On October 29, 539 B.C., a Persian leader named Cyrus the Great conquers the Babylonian Empire. Not only does the Jewish exile come to a spectacular end, but King Cyrus is excited to return the Jews to rebuild their temple.

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Route 66, Part 14: Second Chronicles
August 2, 2009
Bruce Wersen

The temple was where the Jews encountered God and received forgiveness. So how they treated it reflected their spiritual health. Our “temple” is Jesus, but in both instances God is looking for whole-hearted worship.

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Land of the Lost
July 26, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

In real life, being in the Land of the Lost is no laughing matter. If we’re too busy to enjoy each day with purpose, then we’re not in God’s will.

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Route 66, Part 13: First Chronicles
July 19, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Chronicles is written as a “pep talk” to a new generation of the people of God. It’s filled with inspirational stories of God’s directing, empowering, and ongoing work through His chosen nation, as well as dreadful warnings to not repeat the sins of the past.

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Route 66, Part 12: Second Kings
July 12, 2009
Bruce Wersen

The books of First and Second Kings open with the building of the Temple and close with the burning of the Temple. The nation God established has been uprooted and erased from the map!

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Dealing With Downturns
July 5, 2009
Wayne Nonoshita

How do we survive the current economic “jungle”, and the other downturns of life?

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Route 66, Part 11: First Kings
June 28, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Interestingly, the only example given of Solomon’s wisdom is the story of dividing a child between the two prostitutes. In First Kings, Israel prostitutes itself to false idols, and God seems to be making the same judgment.

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Route 66, Part 10: Second Samuel
June 21, 2009
Bruce Wersen

In Second Samuel, we see King David go from the golden age of righteousness when Israel was invincible, to the dark ages of unrighteousness, when he was conquered by sin.

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Christ’s Contrasting Call
June 14, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

Jesus used two contrasting standards by which he motivated and challenged His followers 2000 years ago, and those same standards apply today.

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Route 66, Part 9: First Samuel
June 7, 2009
Bruce Wersen

First Samuel gives us the historical and riveting stories of Israel’s last judge and first king.

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Route 66, Part 8: Ruth
May 31, 2009
Bruce Wersen

At a time when Israel (as a nation) was routinely turning from God to idols, this Gentile woman from an accursed nation turns from her idols to serve the living, true God.

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Net Loss
May 24, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

God has a custom-fit purpose for each of us that’s worth following. And while it will cost you a lot to follow Christ, it will cost you more not to!

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Route 66, Part 7: Judges
May 10, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Seven times in the book of Judges, we see Israel repeat a pattern: They drift away from God, become oppressed, repent, pray for deliverance, and then are given a hero, also known as a judge.

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Route 66, Part 6: Joshua
May 3, 2009
Bruce Wersen

700 years have passed since God’s covenant with Abraham/Abram to give his descendents the Land of Canaan. And now, the time has come for this promise to be fulfilled through an almost 90-year-old Joshua.

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Route 66, Part 5: Deuteronomy
April 26, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Deuteronomy is all about preparing, not only to receive God’s promises, but to “live in” them and “hold onto” them.

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Freed From Greed
April 19, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

The current financial situation can brainwash us into a guarded or greedy philosophy. Since He has provided for us, God asks us to have a philosophy of giving.

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A Prophetic Path
April 12, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Fulfilled prophecy is such a mainstay for authenticating and validating Jesus’ authority as Messiah, and Christianity itself! Plus, it’s really cool!

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Route 66, Part 4: Numbers
April 5, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Barely a year since being delivered from Egypt, the Israelites march straight to the Promised Land. However, their lack of faith will keep them wandering in the wilderness of half-trust and half-triumph for 40 years.

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Broken, Part 2
March 29, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

If God had a sign outside His office, it might say, “I can’t fix it until it is broken.” Brokenness can bring benefits to our relationship with God.

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Broken
March 22, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

You don’t behave your way into believing, you believe your way into behaving. If we believe we need a savior, we will naturally behave like we need a savior.

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Route 66, Part 3: Leviticus
March 15, 2009
Bruce Wersen

When Exodus ends, God literally moves into camp, and His glory fills the tabernacle. What do you do when God moves into the neighborhood? This is where Leviticus begins.

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Route 66, Part 2: Exodus
March 8, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Egypt was an incubator where the Lord could grow His chosen people into a nation while keeping them separate from a pagan culture. God is preparing nothing less than the salvation of the world!

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Route 66, Part 1: Genesis
March 1, 2009
Bruce Wersen

The people God chooses are never perfect. At times they are deeply flawed. They lie, deceive, and rebel, but they work hard to trust in God’s goodness. This is who God chooses to use … and to transform.

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The Talking Belly
February 22, 2009
Jeremy Johnson

Genesis 25 tells how Esau gave up his birthright for some stew. We want to be careful that we don’t do the same: trading our futures for immediate, sinful desires.

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Is the Bible Reliable?
February 15, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Our faith isn’t based on ill-founded fairytales; it’s based on historical records of actual events as recorded by eyewitnesses.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 13: Amen
February 8, 2009
Bruce Wersen

After 12 installments, looking at this prayer line-by-line, we’ll pull the parts together and see that there is so much more to prayer than just asking for things.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 12: Kingdom, Power, and Glory
February 1, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Unless you’re seeking His kingdom, and depending on His power, you’ll never perceive the brilliance and beauty of His glory, either in this world, or the world to come.

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Christian Hedonism
January 25, 2009
Josh Kelley

Who are you more inclined to call "the life of the party," God or Satan? Be honest; don't just give the answer you know you're supposed to give! This sermon paints a picture of Satan as a miserly, miserable creature who hates joy, happiness, and pleasure, and who craves to spread his misery across the universe and God as the source of happiness, pleasure, and life, seeking to spread joy through the universe. Guest speaker: Josh Kelley (pastor at The Gathering Christian Church)

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 11: Deliver Us From Evil
January 18, 2009
Bruce Wersen

When we pray “Deliver us from evil,” we’re asking God to walk us through it; teach us from it; deepen our faith within it; and cause it to ultimately work to our greater good and His greater glory!

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 10: Not Into Temptation
January 11, 2009
Bruce Wersen

Temptation may be one of the devil’s primary weapons to destroy us, but it’s also one of God’s primary tools to develop us.

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The Daily Olympics of Life
December 28, 2008
Graham Kerr

When Hebrews 12 instructs us to “run the race that is set before us,” we are given four strong coaching tips. And Jesus uses the story of the Good Samaritan to help the religious understand the race we are running on a daily basis.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 9: As We Forgive
December 7, 2008
Bruce Wersen

A true experience of grace and mercy will make us gracious and merciful to others. And the degree to which I’m willing to forgive clearly indicates the extent to which I’ve personally experienced His forgiveness.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 8: Forgive Us Our Debts
November 30, 2008
Bruce Wersen

My “debts” do not alter my relationship with God (as Father and child), but they do disrupt and upset our closeness, our intimacy, and my being led and blessed.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 7: Our Daily Bread
November 23, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Want to know just how out of touch we are with this statement? We’re far more likely to pray: “Give us this day the will power to stay away from the bread!”

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Gripped by Grace
November 16, 2008
Bill Kieselhorst

When you’ve suffered in an area, and you’ve received the grace of God, you have a ministry to others who haven’t experienced that yet.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6: Thy Will Be Done
November 9, 2008
Bruce Wersen

It’s only when my will begins to conform to Thy will that I can find genuine rest for my soul.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5: Thy Kingdom Come
November 2, 2008
Bruce Wersen

With these three little words, Jesus knocks the “selfish” out of our prayers by aiming our first requests at others.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 4: Hallowed be Thy Name
October 26, 2008
Bruce Wersen

The foremost purpose of prayer isn’t about getting from God, but about giving to God His rightful place in our lives.

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Teaching God’s Children
October 19, 2008
Nick Harris

Updates on our mission to Calew in the Philippines.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 3: In Heaven
October 12, 2008
Bruce Wersen

When Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer, “Who art in heaven,” He’s not referring to location, but to authority, reminding us to fear the one we love.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2: Our Father
October 5, 2008
Bruce Wersen

When Jesus opened his model prayer with “Our Father”, He was emphasizing the closeness that God Himself desires to have with each of us.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1: How Not to Pray
September 28, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. He told them! He gave up His “secret”. But just before Jesus gave His disciples this model prayer (The Lord’s Prayer), he gave them a three-part warning.

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God’s Extreme Makeover
September 21, 2008
Steve Lotze

God wants to give us an Extreme Makeover: becoming new on the inside. While we are all eligible, the book of James gives us four requirements we need to know about going into our makeover.

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On Purpose, Part 12: Five Vital Signs
September 14, 2008
Bruce Wersen

One day we’ll stand before God and give an account and answer to Him concerning these five created purposes: Worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and mission.

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On Purpose, Part 11: Up to the Task
September 7, 2008
Bruce Wersen

The idea of sharing our faith can leave even outgoing believers feeling intimidated and overwhelmed.

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On Purpose, Part 10: Trophies of Grace
August 31, 2008
Bruce Wersen

People with needs are all around us all the time. And it takes no special talent to listen or pray or support. But it does take a special heart - a servant’s heart - to recognize and respond to the opportunities to love God by loving others.

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Cofradia Mission Sunday
August 24, 2008
Nick Harris

Testimony and videos from our January and June mission trips to Cofradia, Mexico. Special speakers: Eric and Debbie Snow, Michael Anderson, Kaitlyn Conijn, and Jay TenBrink.

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Raised But Not Loosed
August 17, 2008
Jeremy Johnson

God wants to not just save our souls, but fill us with transformation power so we can be a great influence.

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On Purpose, Part 9: S.H.A.P.E. Up
August 10, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Long-lasting, truly satisfying joy doesn’t come from getting the most for myself … but giving the most of myself!

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On Purpose, Part 8: Resistance Training
August 3, 2008
Bruce Wersen

All temptations follow the same pattern. The enemy has used the same strategy and the same old tricks since Adam and Eve. Once we know our enemy’s schemes, we should have a battle plan ready in order to combat them.

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On Purpose, Part 7: Very Becoming Believers
July 20, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Like any good father, God wants His children to bear His image. But bearing God’s image isn’t automatic and spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. As God’s children, we have to be deliberate in our devotion.

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On Purpose, Part 6: United We Stand
July 13, 2008
Bruce Wersen

We serve a creative Father who doesn’t want cookie cutter kids! He enjoys that we each bring a distinct personality and perspective to His family. However, distinct, separate beings uniting as one takes effort!

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On Purpose, Part 5: Formed for His Family
June 29, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Our relationship with God should be personal, but it was never intended to be private. We simply can’t fulfill our created purpose on our own.

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On Purpose, Part 4: Best Friends Forever
June 22, 2008
Bruce Wersen

As friends of God, we can’t settle for a casual acquaintance. He’s looking for close, intimate, and trusted friendships.

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On Purpose, Part 3: Making God Smile
June 15, 2008
Bruce Wersen

You are a child of God, and you can bring pleasure to God like nothing else and like no one else He has ever created.

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On Purpose, Part 2: Forever For Him
May 25, 2008
Bruce Wersen

Earthly pleasures were never meant to permanently satisfy, but only to suggest and awaken our desire for eternal fulfillment.

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On Purpose, Part 1: It’s Not About Me
May 18, 2008
Bruce Wersen

The search for a sense of meaning and purpose continues to puzzle many people, because typically they begin at the wrong starting point: themselves.

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