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The Other L in BELLS (part 1)

Have you ever spent time with someone who talked, and talked… and then talked some more? And you could hardly get a word in edgewise? It’s really no fun when you’re stuck in a monologue instead of a conversation. Yet I wonder if God often feels that way about us? For us, prayer typically means talking. And we’re much better at talking to God than listening to Him. We don’t really know how. But worse, we seldom even try. That’s our other L in BELLS: listening to the Spirit. ...Read More

The L in BELLS

Jesus is the most incredible, mystifying, wonderful person you could ever study, and, as a missionary, he crossed the ultimate boundaries: God to human… eternal to temporal… infinite to finite. Don’t let yourself stagnate in your knowledge of and appreciation for Jesus. He’s the both the pinnacle and the foundation. The more you learn about him, the more you’ll love him, and the more your life will start pointing others toward him. And that’s the whole point of being missional....Read More

The E in BELLS

Jesus did the opposite of what people expected. In a culture where religion was part of social status, and in which tax collectors, prostitutes, drunkards and other sinners stood inescapably condemned, Jesus extended friendship through food and drink… through presence… through table fellowship. It was both unexpected and irresistible. Like Jesus, we should be as prepared to eat with people outside of our spiritual circles ...Read More

Raising Disciples

Why We Worship Together

Thoughts about corporate worship from our Director of Worship, Will Johnson...Read More

The B in BELLS

If we want to live missional lives, lives that intentionally serve the King and His Kingdom instead of coasting along with our consumer culture, it’s time to start getting practical. Not legalistic, but practical and action oriented. Let’s jump into the B in BELLS…...Read More

Image of God

If all people are created in God’s image, then there is no room for favoritism....Read More

Life is a Short-Term Mission Trip

Our lives are short. James equates our lives with a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I don’t want to look back on my life and realize that I settled for a comfortable, entertained life when I could have reached for a life marked by close relationships and deeply meaningful ministry. Life is a short-term mission trip. Let’s study and train together, pray together, serve together, worship together, eat together, laugh together, sacrifice together, proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world together… live life together for the glory of our incredible God. That’s the part of the short-term mission trip I want to bring home, the part I miss the most and long for in everyday life. Life is a short-term mission trip. Don’t settle for normal life....Read More

Freedom for the Losers, the Poor, and the recovering Pharisees

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