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My Top 10 Reasons for Philippians

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Last year I was invited by The Hub ( to pick a book of the Bible and teach it via video for small groups. I wrestled quite a bit and landed on the book of Philippians. Here are the 10 reasons I wanted to teach the book of Philippians:

Fear - Part 3: Why Do I Fear What I Fear?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

In writing this blog, I have often felt the need to remember that this is not intended to be an "overly academic exercise," but rather an attempt to take my fears captive to the truths of Scripture in hopes that by exposing darkness to light, I will find freedom. With this in mind, I have been thinking about my list of fears and trying to find a pattern or overarching theme. Here is the sample ...

The Gospel Assumed, or Explicit?

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

Is the gospel assumed in your relationships? Or, is the gospel explicit? I have been thinking about this distinction for a few days now. Those who live life under the banner of an assumed gospel simply navigate the waters of life with an underlying foundation that is personal and meaningful. An assumed gospel often means that a person deeply values the gospel and tries to live life according to ...

Fear - Part 2: The Origin

Author: Geoff Ashley

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

The Last Best Word

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I received a text message this weekend from a friend which read, "Benign." This is good news. There was so much relief and release packed into that word. It was interesting to think about how that simple message generated so many emotions and engendered gratitude. The more I think about the impact of that word, and words in general, the more I realize that words are only as good as their meaning.

Fear - Part 1

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

I struggle with fear. I imagine I always have, but have dwelled in rather ignorant bliss until recently. I sat down the other day and tried to journal through the things that I fear and here is a sampling: Lizards: anoles and geckos in particular, Any body of water in which I cannot see to any substantial depth, Roller coasters, Public speaking: the first time I did announcements at The Village ...

A Quitter's Confession

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I used to be a quitter. I can remember various spots in life where I just quit on something or someone. I quit guitar lessons in elementary school. I wish I had stuck with them now. I quit running track in middle school. I quit all sports in high school (this is because I didn't quit other things if you're tracking with me).


Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

In almost every area of my I face interruptions. They come in all shapes and sizes and occur all throughout the day. defines the word like this: in•ter•rupt [v. in-tuh-ruhpt; n. in-tuh-ruhpt] -verb (used with object) 1. to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).

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