Why do we do what we do?

In meeting with church staff and praying over the last few days I have realized that I need to share a couple of thoughts. And it really revolves around what motivates us to make the choices we make. But I need to put in a little context, so bear with me here. Isaiah writes this:

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What it Means to be a Covenant People

I just spent some time in my office with Jim, our director of Student ministries. We spoke about some of the families in our church.  We talked about how to serve you best by building good programs that will help you teach your children. Most importantly, we prayed for you as you lead your children

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Parenting is Tough

Some people seem to just have a knack for it. Some of us fake it well. And others of us find it as difficult as it looks to be a parent. The world around us is changing. Some of us remember fondly the days when we didn’t have to wear helmets when we rode our

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Knowing what we know

In the last few weeks (and actually for a few more as we explore the Book of John and Discover more about Jesus) there is one important word that keeps popping up in our texts. The word is “Know.” Jesus knows what is in a man(John 2:25) , Nicodemus and his followers know that Jesus

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New City Catechism Question 34

Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word? Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith

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It is Holy Week

You might know that I am not the most likely pastor in the world to call this week “holy.” After all, I consider everything Holy. Your job, your play, raising kids, digging wells, building buildings, planting trees, making lumber, writing books, having coffee with friends. Its all Holy work, because it is all a part

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A (hopefully) Pastoral Response to a Political Decision

As a general rule, I dislike involving myself in political discussions. I believe that many things are divisive, but none more so than politics. People become very passionate and engaged when issues very important to them are addressed. If you have not heard, North Dakota recently passed a bill which comes very close to banning

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DisCipleShip

Not an easy subject in our culture. Who wants to talk about that?? Doesn’t it share a root word with Discipline? Let’s be honest for a second. What most of us really want is a Jesus who will forgive our sins, leave us alone, and let us into heaven. That Jesus isn’t real. Nope, he

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What Kind of Man was Jesus?

Men! yea, I am talking mostly to you.  Few things bother me more than knowing that many men in the church don’t find Jesus interesting or helpful.  I see women who are pursuing Jesus and coming to church.  I see fewer men really engaged in what God is doing. We recently had 29 women sign

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A Tale of Two Carepoints

When I was in Ethiopia, I visited two places. Well, honestly, I visited several, but I want to tell you about two of them. The first was Jemo. It really was the first. The first site our team visited. We were a bit overwhelmed. We were new to the culture and the country, and almost

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