It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, and we’re already into the holiday season full throttle. The lights are already up, Christmas music is playing, people are talking about gift ideas, and the commercials have started. It’s on. And some of us didn’t even have the decency to wait for Thanksgiving to be over before we coated every surface in tinsel and fake snow. The “Christmas season” ...
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Now that we’ve wrapped up Recovering Redemption, here are a few take away from the sermon series. You can also check out the digital guide for a complete picture of the series, featuring video sermons, stories, resources and more.
There’s something really beautiful about gathering with family and worshiping together. Growing up, I remember sitting in “big church” with my parents every Sunday. I was raised in a very small church in a small town, and we didn’t have the staff or resources to do separate programs for children. So each Sunday our family of five filled a pew. I sang songs I didn’t fully understand. I ...
About a week ago, we gathered some “foodie” friends for what is becoming an annual tradition: Mock Thanksgiving. It’s like a dry run for a Thanksgiving that we would never actually serve to our families, an excuse to experiment with a menu that, for most of us, is set in stone for the actual day.
The Christmas season is upon us. Even though Thanksgiving has yet to come and go, there’s no denying that the most wonderful time of the year is here.
We’ve all done it. We shuffle down a row of chairs and, just before we arrive at a person, we stop one chair short. We leave an empty seat between us and the other person, secretly hoping an usher won’t ask us to “scoot in.” What does that empty seat say? Why are we compelled to leave that “safe seat” between us and others?
I just marked the 10-year anniversary of my 21st birthday. It’s shocking how fast that decade flew past me— 21 feels like a long weekend ago. Convinced more than ever that time flies, I started thinking about what I might say if I had the chance to sit down with me 10 years ago. Four thoughts came to mind.
For many of us, the idea of confronting our own sin or the sins of another is difficult. For some, it is even terrifying.