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Fear of Failure

Nobody likes to fail...but we all do. As human beings who are weak and finite, we often find ourselves on the other side of decisions, goals and ambitions picking up the pieces; thinking about what went wrong; what we did wrong; what "they" did to wrong us; what could have been if... Our experience with failure starts early in life and our learned responses to failure o...

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Video of Grace Community in 2011

Enjoy this video of Grace Community and give thanks to God for His goodness and faithfulness in 2011. We look forward to 2012 with faith and eager expectation of God's power, grace and love....

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Living in the Awareness of the Father's Love

Living confident of the Father's love is another way we can honor Him with our lives and express confidence and appreciation for the amazing, lavish, and generous love He shows us every day....

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Advent: waiting and watching

Completion is only found in Christ, through His death for our sin and resurrection from the grave, but it's not a complete reality until we stand in our resurrected bodies in the presence of our Savior. This won't happen until Jesus' words in Matthew 24 come to pass: "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." The return of Jes...

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Advent: Incarnation and Implications

At one point in history, God made a promise that became a reality in the coming of Christ. His coming is known as the Incarnation in which He took on human flesh to rescue humanity through His life, death and resurrection. The Incarnation and its impact on us are the focus of our time this week, and we are looking at them through the lens of John 1. There is a common tempt...

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Passages to Contemplate in Considering hrist

Advent is about Christ and His two comings – the first in humiliation, the second in glory; the first in condescension, the second in exaltation; the first for forgiveness; the second for judgment. Advent is about Jesus Christ, and thus we must seek to consider Him (Hebrews 3:1), look to Him (Hebrews 12:2), sets our minds’ attention and hearts’ affections upon Him (C...

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Advent: The Wait

Scripture, in its most intriguing portions, often introduces an obscure character, gives him or her something profound to say or do, only to let that person mysteriously vanish from the text verses later. Simeon (Luke 2: 25-35) was one such shadowy figure, known only by his righteousness, devotion and apparent long-suffering for Israel’s consolation. Imagine him as a gra...

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ADVENT: looking ahead as we celebrate the past

The Christmas season is in full swing; the songs and sweets, parties and presents and the celebration of the greatest Gift ever given. But if we are not careful we will easily be caught up in the cultural tide of activity and materialism. This current promises to sweep away the joyful celebration and the hopeful anticipation of the coming of our Savior. The substance and s...

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It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life is one of our family's favorite Christmas movies. It may be one of yours as well. We watched it again last night for the first time...this year...and I realized something. This movie is so loved, so easy to watch over and over not because we love the characters or the happy ending; though we do love both. What makes this movie so enduring is what the ...

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Thoughts On How To Schedule Your Day

For those of you who, like me, are always looking for ways to increase your effective use of the time God has given us, here's a helpful post from Matt Perman's blog, What's Best Next......

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