Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Does God Feel Like A Product I Have To Sell?

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When I invite someone to church, I get uncomfortable.  In fact, the word “invite” needs to be interpreted loosely.  I rarely have the courage to ask somebody to go to church with me. I’d rather throw up my breakfast. – eggs and all. Most of the time, I don’t even really invite them.  I merely mention my church one too many times and they ask if they can come check it out. This has got to be the work of the Holy Spirit – because Lord knows it’s not due to my own words or efforts. And the Holy … [Read more...]

The E3 Partner’s Expedition Podcast 3: Rick In Calcutta & Andreas in Costa Rica

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[display_podcast] Rick shares his story from Calcutta, India:The Bengali people are the sixth largest unreached people group in the world.   300 million Bengalis call the region of West Bengal home.  Needless to say, there are A LOT of people there needing to know who Jesus is, and the response that we received when we spent time with them showed that there is indeed a hunger for God in that part of India.  We witnessed over 1,600 professions of faith, helped plant seven new churches in the … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 44: Living From the Heart, part 7 – Boundaries

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[display_podcast] Have you ever made a choice and when the outcome wasn’t so good, blamed the results of your poor choice on someone else?    Boundary violations are about not taking responsibility for our own choices and trying to lay the responsibility of those choices on someone else.How often do we use the phrase, “I HAD to”, or “HE made me do it.”   Whom are we blaming for the circumstances of our lives? Many of us are afraid to set boundaries in our lives for fear of making the wr … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 81: A Tale of Three Cities

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[display_podcast] Sometimes things really are as simple as they seem. This will certainly be true in this PODCAST, as we discuss together one of Jesus’ most remarkable statements.Matthew 11:20-24 (NKJV)20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackclo … [Read more...]

Experience God: Luke 18:15-17 – “Jesus Blesses the Children”

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[display_podcast] Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading”.Luke 18:15-1715 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell yo … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 80: Jesus’ PERFECT Answer to John’s (and Ours?) Pivotal Question

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[display_podcast] When we last left our old friend, John the Baptizer, his faith was in a free-fall. He was here last week, sort of, to tell you his scintillating story in his own words. (If you have not heard that PODCAST, may I respectfully request that you listen? A story that I promise you, you will never forget.) Think of it. John… The man whose coming was predicted by the prophets… Whose birth was foretold by an angel… Who identified and introduced Jesus to the world… John the Baptizer … [Read more...]


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