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Inconsolable Longing

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Is anything more disruptively unsettling or existentially challenging than having to deeply feel a desire that will never be fully satisfied in this life? It seems reasonable to assume that a good God who loves the human creatures He created would never build into them a longing that could not be satisfied, a thirst that […]

Training Small Group Leaders

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When we first launched small groups at National Community Church, we designed a three-hour, in-person training to prepare potential leaders. We packed in as much as we could—theology of community, icebreakers and snacks, raising up apprentice leaders, asking powerful questions, and choosing study material. But there were so many other topics: navigating conflict, dealing with […]

How Heroes Become Villains

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Have you ever seen yourself as a villain? Most of us don’t see ourselves as the villain of our stories… We don’t wear a greasy mustache. We don’t have an evil lair.  We don’t have elaborate plan to rule the world, “mua ha ha ha haaaaaaaa.”   We often see ourselves as the hero of […]

When God is Good

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God tells us His thoughts and ways are above us, so far above both our thoughts of how life should work and our ways of responding to life’s challenges that how He operates is “far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55: 8 NLT). And yet our ubiquitous attitude of entitlement is inclined to reduce […]

Church Diversity Requires Intention

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You don’t drift toward diversity, it requires intention. As pastors, we are tasked with representing the values and priorities of God‘s kingdom as a local outpost called the church. Those around us should know what God is like and who He cares about by how we live, love, and lead—and that includes leading the diversity […]

Turning the Hungry Away

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Why a ‘juice and cookie’ Jesus can never satisfy our souls. My two brothers and I sat in the back of our rusty, over-sized late 1960’s Buick, stuffing our faces with cream horn pastries-one of the few traditions we had as a homeless family living in an abandoned building in Detroit.  Every Sunday, we’d excitedly […]

Becoming Resilient

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You’ve been through a tough season of pain. You’re finally beginning to heal and discover hope again. You feel like you’re beginning to understand the meaning of the word, Resilient. You are bouncing back from the unthinkable, but you still crave something more. What is that you crave? Purpose. You read of heroes of old. […]

Looking at the Life of Charles Simeon

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One of 12 Faithful Men The Salvation & Struggles that Shaped a Living Legacy Charles Simeon was the pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, England as well as a fellow at King’s College Cambridge, from 1783 to 1836. Simeon was a well known As a model Bible expositor As an advocate for overseas missions […]
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