A New Creation in Christ

This morning as I was walking and talking with God in the wonder of a glorious spring morning, a morning filled with the promise of the new life that follows winter, my mind turned to the words of the Apostle Paul, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things…

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WILL GOD BE FAITHFUL?

Psalm 22 contains some of the most heart-wrenching cries to God recorded in all of the Psalms. God himself is on trial and David asks, “Will God remain faithful?” This is the song of a believer who experiences great suffering and wonders where God is. It is a psalm that, in the midst of injustice, wonders…

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The Gift of Wonder

As I walked through a mountain valley near my home in the early morning hours today, I was time and time again overcome with a sense of wonder at the scope of the scenery that surrounded me; so much so that I began to wonder about wonder.  How does one measure wonder?  From where does wonder…

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DON’T DIMINISH THE CROSS

We’re excited to announce that Pastor Matt Chandler’s new Re:lit book, The Explicit Gospel, just hit digital and phyical store shelves today. Read an adapted excerpt from it below. Because I didn’t have a lot of church background, I struggled for a long time to understand certain phrases common in the evangelical community. First and foremost is this…

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THE IDOLATRY OF INDIVIDUALISM

Through our relationship with him and our relationships with other believers, God is in the process of restoring his image in us. He is making us like himself. He does this by his Spirit, as his grace and Word are applied to our lives through the incarnational ministry of believers one-to-another. God uses means to…

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Regarding Others as More Important than Self

“If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.  Do nothing from selfishness or empty…

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Why Preaching Matters Most

  Author: Jared Musgrove   1 If you’re reading this, you’ve likely logged a lot of hours listening to sermons. Can you explain why you do this? Our postmodern contemporaries have a pretty fair lead on the anthropological truth behind our listening: Human beings are hearers. And having tapped into this reality, they are all about…

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11 GOSPEL-CENTERED WAYS TO LOVE TRUCKEE

Jesus calls us to “go and make disciples” and to love our city so that we might clearly communicate the gospel and see more people come to know him. But what does this look like practically? What does it mean to love our city? Here are 11 practical, gospel-centered ways you can love your city.   1….

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Set Free!!

I recently read a story in my devotional that painted a fascinating picture of freedom. The story was about Abraham Lincoln visiting a slave auction. Upon arriving, Lincoln saw a young black girl up on the block. Moved with compassion, he placed a bid and won her. After purchasing her, Lincoln told the young disbelieving…

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Love and Acceptance

There is something that gnaws at the heart of every living human being, a deep desire to love and be loved and the need to be accepted.  These desires are God-given desires.  Since they are God-given, then they can only be ultimately satisfied by God Himself.  But since no man on his own seeks after God…

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