Author: amy

February 28, 2024

Lent: Fasting for Greater Focus

In the season of Lent, Christians worldwide prepare for a period of introspection, repentance, and spiritual growth. At the heart of this 40-day journey is the practice of fasting — a deliberate act of self-denial that holds profound significance in the Christian faith. Historical Roots in Christian Tradition Fasting during Lent finds its roots in […]

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February 7, 2024

Prayer: Importance and Strategies

Prayer is powerful. Throughout the Bible, we read countless stories about prayer and its impact. We also hear many stories from others about how God worked through prayer. But so often, prayer is something that we overlook in our lives. We get too busy to remember to pray, and many don’t even know where to […]

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January 3, 2024

Shining a Light into Darkness: Human Trafficking Awareness Month

As January begins, so does Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on one of the darkest and most pervasive crimes afflicting our world. The horror of human trafficking is also something that frequently happens in our city with the I-20 interstate being a hotbed for human trafficking across the U.S. For […]

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December 7, 2023

Celebrating the Arrival while Waiting for Another

The Christmas season is a time of great anticipation. With Christmas music filling retail stores and the radio airwaves the day after Halloween and kids counting down the moments to see what Santa Claus might leave under the tree, we approach this season with great anticipation.  But more often than we want to admit, the […]

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November 8, 2023

 The Spirit of Gratitude

Gratitude, the simple act of being thankful, holds immense transformative power in our lives. From a Christian perspective, gratitude is not just a polite gesture; it’s a profound spiritual practice that aligns us with the teachings of Christ and the foundational principles of faith. Biblical Foundation of Gratitude Gratitude is deeply rooted in the scriptures. […]

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October 11, 2023

Following Jesus Daily: A Disciplined Pursuit

We often over-spiritualize following Jesus. We think walking with Jesus and growing in our relationship with Him is unattainable. We are not spiritual enough, don’t feel like we know enough about the Bible, and struggle to build a relationship with Someone we cannot see. But what if following Jesus and walking with Him came through […]

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September 6, 2023

Faith Foundations for Everyday Mental Health

As people made in the image of God, we have souls, spirits, and bodies. We were created with a connection between both the physical and spiritual in our lives. Our mental and spiritual responses and status can effect our physical bodies and this cause and effect also goes the other direction. When it comes to […]

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August 2, 2023

Living in the “Now” Through Mindfulness and Meditation

Our world is defined by the word “go.” We spend our lives running from one event to the next while our minds move from one agenda item to the next in the endless pursuit of getting everything done. We try to break the cycle by wasting hours scrolling the newsfeed or social media on our […]

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June 21, 2023

Living with Kingdom Priorities

Throughout Matthew’s gospel, we see Jesus teaching in parables to show us what life is like in His kingdom. Parables were everyday examples of how faith interacts with real life. Those early disciples would never look at sowers and seeds, treasures and riches, or lost things the same way again. Everything around them became reminders […]

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March 13, 2023

Traditional – The Gospel of Mark – The Side Effects of Restoration | Rev. Mike Holly

Sermon Only Scripture Reference: Mark 5:1-20 (NRSV) They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, […]

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