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Love Over Ego, Part 4: Humility Over Shame

In Daniel Chapter 4 Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a great tree that shelters the whole world, but in his dream an angelic “watcher” appears and decrees that the tree must be cut down and that for seven years he, Nebuchadnezzar, will … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 3: Confidence Over Arrogance

In the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzar made a ninety foot tall gold image and compelled all to worship the image or be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, given the names Shadrach, Meshach … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 2: Humility Heals

Do you ever feel like the person in this photo… working really hard on something but it isn’t making any difference? This is what it is like when our motivation is self or ego gratification. The result is frustration rather … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 1: True Identity

We are beginning a six week series on the story of Daniel. It is a story of courage to stand up for what you believe in, to trust in God and the gradual development of a love in our lives … Continue reading

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Giving Up Old Habits

They say that old habits die hard. Perhaps it is because some of the habits we have are useful for a while in order to get us moving in the right direction. As imperfect as they may be, they can … Continue reading

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Keep Going: You Are Being Led To Happiness

Life is a journey. The destination is happiness, fulfillment, belonging and being part of something bigger than ourselves–being able to use our gifts to be of service to the greater good. We know what the journey is like because we … Continue reading

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It Is Love That Truly Sees

Bible stories can certainly be unusual, but they are shared because they tell a story of what is going on inside of ourselves. In the story of Jacob we read of him moving a large stone by his own strength … Continue reading

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Stairway To Heaven

We are going to be looking at a story in the Bible about Jacob. Jacob was leaving all that was familiar to him and going to a place he had never been. On the way he had a dream of … Continue reading

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Healthy Boundaries

What are healthy boundaries? How do we protect ourselves and feel safe and confident in what we believe and hold important, and how do we identify and respect the boundaries that others have set for themselves?  Do we unknowingly put … Continue reading

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No Thought Of Reward

There is a parable in the New Testament about a landowner who went out at 6 am, 9 am, noon, 3pm and 5 pm to find workers for his vineyard.  They all agreed to work for the same wage.  At the … Continue reading

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