5
Jun
2018
2

Why did I give you a bookmark?

This past Sunday we started a new series called Blurry: Seeking Visional Clarity.  With the beginning of this series, you received a bookmark listing all the sermons in this series, the main text of Scripture for each sermon, and the date in which that sermon will be preached.  Why did I give you this bookmark? I gave you this bookmark for one primary reason.  I am trying to equip you to engage with text prior to hearing that text preached.  I believe a sermon is a dialogue, not a monologue.  It is a dialogue between the Holy Spirit, His Word...
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16
May
2018
0

Pursue: Final Thoughts

This is a short post and a somewhat repetitive post from “Delight in the Lord” on January 15.  In previous posts in this series I have intentionally tried to give you “principles” I have learned in walking with Christ, not rules to be followed.  Why?  Because everyone’s personality and routine is different.  Meaning, what practically works for me might not work for you.  Therefore, understand you are under grace and liberty as you pursue Christ.  He loves you the same whether you spend time with Him today or not.  He greatly desires for you to spend time with Him, but...
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3
May
2018
1

Pursue…to what end?

As we bring this series to a close next week, I want to ask this question — To what end do we pursue Christ in personal prayer and devotion?  What’s the motivation behind our getting up in the morning (principle #1), reading our Bibles, praying and worship (principle #2), and journaling (principle #3)?  Why do we do it? I once would have answered this question like this…I spend time with Jesus because I find joy from it.  Or because my day goes better when I do.  Or because it helps me answer relevant questions about life.  Or because it helps...
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25
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #3

This is the third installment in our series on practical ways to walk with God. Principle #3 — I often forget when God speaks to me or does something truly special in my life.  Just like the Israelites who griped against God just days after He split the Red Sea and set them free from bondage, I too am quick to forget and gripe against God.  Therefore, I need something to remind me of God’s faithfulness specifically in my life. Practical #3 — I have learned to create “pillars” to remind me when God does something special! “So early in...
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17
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #2

This is the second post in a series on how to walk with Christ.  In the first post, we briefly talked about the importance to meet with God early in the morning.  We don’t meet with Him early in the morning because that’s the only time He will meet with us, but because we benefit from that communion the rest of the day.  When we meet with Him first above all, He then can live through us throughout the day.  To see the first post in its entirety, click here. Principle #2 — Spending time with Christ is a conversation....
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10
Apr
2018
1

Pursue: Principle #1

New Hope, this is the first of a series of posts designed to give practical advice on how to walk with the Lord.  Why have I decided to write these? Because I believe that passion for the Lord is caught and not taught. I don’t believe I am going to lead a church that is passionate about walking with Christ intimately by just talking about it. I want to lead by example, and one way to do that is by giving you a peak into the routine that I have developed over the years to create a habit of walking...
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5
Apr
2018
2

Three Month Reflection

New Hope, I am so sorry it has been so long since my last post.  Things got a little busier during the transition than expected, therefore I felt it best to pause blogging until I was able to get into a routine to do so.  That time has come. It has been such a joy to be your pastor over the past three months.  You are family and it is an honor to lead this incredible group of people. As I reflect, one characteristic stands out about our church that I want to encourage you with.  Generosity!  I have continued...
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15
Jan
2018
3

Delight in the Lord

If there is one thing I hope to teach the people God has called me to lead, it’s how to walk intimately with Him.  I am never more satisfied and filled with joy then when I am spending time in personal devotion and prayer to the Lord.  I don’t just say that because I am a pastor and “supposed to.”  I mean what I say, and I desire for all believers of New Hope to experience the joy of an intimate walk with the Lord. Over time I will share more from my personal journey.  But as many of you...
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