What happens to people who commit suicide?

Suicide…  It is horrifying, hurtful and heartbreaking.  And unfortunately, suicide affects Christian families as regularly as it does non-Christian ones.  Believers and unbelievers both take their own lives. There are, several accounts of suicide in the Bible, the most well known being King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5) and Judas (Matthew 27:3-5). Others are Abimelech (Judges

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A Legacy of Doubt

The Disciples: we’ve heard their names, we know there are 12, and we could even name a few of them from memory. They were a rare breed, dropping their fishing nets, etc. and following a radically different rabbi. We can assume they each lived with a bit of wild abandon

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Hello My Name Is

One of the first things Amanda (my wife) and I did when we found out she was pregnant for the first time, was go out and buy a “Baby Name Book”.  Looking back, it seems kind of weird.  After all we knew tons of names and you would think we

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What If Your Christmas Season Is Not-So-Merry?

As a pastor I hear so many heartbreaking stories about families that struggle during the holidays.  Many are due to years of bitterness and unresolved issues that have been left to fester and become toxic.  Some of you may be part of such a family.  You may be asking yourself, “how can we

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Love/Hate Relationship

Upcoming Sermon Series: “Love/Hate Relationship” November 16th – 30th We are accurate and truthful when we say with boldness, “God is Love”!  However, in the church I am afraid we have failed to remind this generation that while God is love, He also has the capacity to hate. He hates

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Effectual Doers

This title may seem weird, but it was planted deeply in my mind as I studied the book of James several years ago.  In my devotion time I came across this phrase coined by Church Swindoll (one of my all-time favorite teacher/preachers).  “But be doers of the word, and not

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Life Lessons from A _____________ Guy

Bruce Willis, The Rock, Mr. Clean, Dr. Evil, Patrick Stewart, John Quincy Adams, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Harden and Charles Barkley…what do they all have in common?  Some of you wanted to say, “they are all handsome” especially when you saw Robert Harden on the list (see online church directory

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