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27Feb

Article: Our Priestly Inheritance — Donovan Littlejohn – Feb. 27th, 2015

“O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup.” -Psalm 16:5 NKJV In the above verse from Psalm 16, David reveals that he had an understanding about what it meant to be set apart and have the heart of a priest unto the Lord. Earlier in the Old Testament, the Lord spoke to and through Aaron concerning the priests of the tribe of Levi, saying they would have no inheritance or portion in the land, only that the Lord would be their inheritance (see Numbers 18:20). It is also recorded in the book of Joshua, how at the time the Lord instructs Joshua in how to divide up the conquered lands, the inheritance of the Levites was to be determined. Once again, they were given no material inheritance or portion in the land, but they would count the Lord as their inheritance (see Joshua 13:14 & 33). These verses confirm all that the Lord had started in His instructions to Aaron – the Levites were to take their place as priests, set […]

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By admin / February 27, 2015 / Articles, Prayer / No Comments
20Feb

Article: Success — Christina Mooney – Feb. 20th, 2015

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself, “ (Matthew 22:37-39). What if success in a given day is not checking items off a mental to do list, but connecting with the heart of God and loving people? Often times in our society, we have a nagging pressure to accomplish, succeed, or excel in life. We are pressured to excel toward dreams or acquire more possessions, but for what? What is all this accomplishing? Are we building His Kingdom, or striving to build our own and make ourselves look good? This is the point Jesus was making with Martha when she complained that Mary was sitting at His feet and not helping her make lunch. Jesus responded and said, “… but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42) Often […]

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By admin / February 20, 2015 / Articles, Intimacy, Prayer / No Comments
15Dec

Article: Serving Others – Christina Mooney — December 15th, 2014

A dispute also arose among them (disciples), as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he (Jesus) said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as one who serves (Luke 22:25-27).” Truly as Christians we are to be like no other people group or religion because we have a God that came near and served us. What a scandal is this, that the Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Totally-Other-Than-God of all creation would take on the flesh of His creation and subject himself to death on a cross for our salvation? In Psalms 113:6, the Psalmist proclaims that God is one “Who humbles Himself to behold the things that […]

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By admin / December 15, 2014 / Articles, Kingdom Living / No Comments
9Dec

Article: The Perfection of Beauty – Ian Furgason — Dec. 9th, 2014

For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty! Zechariah 9:17 You know what I love about Jesus? Well, a lot of things. But I love how Scripture speaks of Him as the radiance of the Father’s glory, the perfection of beauty that shines brighter than the sun. The Lord has a desire in our day to give us, His bride, a revelation of just how beautiful, how glorious, and how good He really is. He is raising up captivated lovers fascinated with one magnificent obsession—namely Himself.   Beauty is famously defined by Thomas Aquinas as “that which when seen, pleases.” When we think about being captured by beauty our thoughts go to an enrapturing picture of the Alps or the Arora Borealis lighting up the horizon above the northern hemisphere. I’d like to propose that there is an experience of beauty that goes beyond these things. To behold the truly Beautiful is to have an encounter with Goodness so astounding we are dumbstruck in the depths of our souls.[1]   German […]

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By admin / December 9, 2014 / Articles, Worship / No Comments
4Dec

Article: Ticket to Heaven – Shawn Tompke — December 4th, 2014

“That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”                                     -1 John 1:3-4 ESV Jesus didn’t come to get us to heaven. This seems odd but it is the truth. Jesus didn’t come to earth in a body, live the perfect life, die on a cross and rise again so you could go to heaven. It is true that heaven is where we are heading, if we have placed our faith and confidence in the man Jesus Christ. But his coming to us is much more than just that. Jesus being our passport to heaven is how the Gospel is portrayed in much of the church and it is resulting in a lot of lukewarm Christians that are complacent in their walk with God. They aren’t full of joy and spreading the good news […]

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By admin / December 4, 2014 / Articles, Kingdom Living / No Comments
20Nov

Article: Living Out the Great Commission – Donovan Littlejohn — November 20th, 2014

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen”                                        -Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV I have always been compelled by last words of Jesus to His disciples, and the weight and importance they carry; “Go therefore…”, and the very clear call to action those two words instill. But then the counterpoint to that is seeing how few people actually “Go” from the body. Understand, I am not condemning in any way, shape or form, but hoping to shape a thought based on my own experiences.   Throughout my early years pursuing Christ, the overarching teaching I encountered concerning the Great Commission always made it seem as if this was only and exclusively for […]

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By admin / November 20, 2014 / Articles, The Great Commission / No Comments
4Nov

Article: Beloved Sons of Righteousness — Elyse Joneschiet — Nov. 4, 2014

“But John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?’ But Jesus answering said to him, ‘Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’… After being baptized… behold the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'” Matthew 3:14-17 Two events dovetail (literally!) the baptism of Jesus – the descending of the Spirit, and the proclamation of the Lord from the Heavens. He tells John to baptize Him as a fulfillment of righteousness, either as a model for humanity or a fulfillment in His own life. But I think the whole experience is a model for humanity–not the physical baptism only. We know baptism as the tangible symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and our own participation with His death. We know […]

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By admin / November 4, 2014 / Articles, Intimacy / No Comments
7Oct

Article: Encouragement for the Hour — Blessed Are the Persecuted – Matt. 5:11-12 – Oct. 7, 2014

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 For many, especially pastors and leaders, these months have harbored a hard season. Some are experiencing financial hardship, depression, loss of vision for their congregations, or opposition from outside sources. Many are even encountering all of these at once. They are wondering where the voice of the Lord may be found—and when it’s found, will it contain a message of correction or delight? The pressure can be overwhelming. However, the Lord has given us this passage for a season even as this. As the final statement in the Beatitudes, this characteristic appears to be Jesus’ finale to the section. The Beatitudes exhibit the attributes found in the life of a Christian empowered by the Holy Spirit. They are set in a progression that builds to a crescendo of greater holiness […]

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By admin / October 7, 2014 / Articles, Community, Sermon on the Mount / No Comments
15Aug

Article: Walking in Unity– Christina Mooney — August 15th, 2014

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-6 For the last month I have prayed out of Ephesians 4:1-6 for unity in the Church in the Northwest. Through praying this scripture I have come to realize that we can only walk in unity to the same measure that we walk in humility in serving one another. To have grace to walk in humility we need to encounter Jesus and His humility, gentleness and patience for us and in turn pray for the grace to put others […]

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By admin / August 15, 2014 / Articles, Community / No Comments
25Jul

Article: Unveiled Unto Transformation — Brandon Sales — July 25th, 2014

I believe that one of the deepest desires inside the human heart is our desire to be more and more like Jesus Christ. In the book of Romans, Paul declares that there are many who God has “predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first born among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29). In other words, God is on a mission in every believer’s life to cause our character, emotions, actions, and desires to be in conformity with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:3). Because this is a deep desire of God’s heart, I believe all of humanity also carries this desire inside of them, seeing that we are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). Besides scripture’s testimony of these desires it would also be easy for anyone to travel into a Christian bookstore to be convinced of the same idea. Every year, dozens of new books are released and millions of dollars are spent purchasing Christian literature highlighting “5-step-methods” on how […]

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By admin / July 25, 2014 / Articles, Biblical Studies / No Comments