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Holiday Change of Plans

I am late writing my blog because it is “The Holiday Season” which translates to: “I’m gonna lose my ever-loving-mind, while simultaneously being of good cheer and teaching my kids its all about Jesus’ birthday and giving (not getting) while somehow decoding the algorithm for buying them gifts they like but won’t make them spoiled.&rdquo...

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The Beginning

When we first open up the Bible, we are brought into a picture of the world that we’ve never experienced: The beginning of time. Perhaps thinking about the beginning of Genesis will allow us to experience anticipation with what God will do with this world He has created. This is how we should enter into the season of Advent - the four Sundays before Christmas: With a...

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Why Do You Believe in a God of Jealousy and Revenge?

Have you ever heard someone ask you “Why are you a Christian?” or “Why do you believe in a God of Jealousy and revenge?” The thing about these questions is that they have holes in them. Whenever the Bible talks about God being “Jealous” or “The God of Revenge,” it’s not talking about the evil kind. I have had a hard t...

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Worship, Idols, and Solutions to All Our Moral Problems

Wow! We had a lot of great comments on twitter (hashtag #HCPreach) as we were preaching this past Sunday and we weren't able to address all the questions in our Q&A time. So below I've addressed a few more questions and included some of the information that I prepared for the sermon, but never ended up preaching! Feel free to keep talking about this. We love to hear ho...

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Lessons From Answered Prayers

During this past week, an amazing answer to prayer was witnessed as Dr. Rick Sacra was declared free of the deadly Ebola disease he contracted in Liberia and returned home. Many have seen and followed his story on the news but it is so near and dear to our church family. We hung on every email, picture, update and prayer request we were given. A group of friends and I were...

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An Addendum to Less of Me

The evening after I wrote the previous blog post, a small wonder occurred that showed me just how much my heavenly Father loves us. I saw a car in my neighbor's drive and walked over with my two older sons to offer help to the relative that was there closing up the house. I was giving my condolences when my oldest son Liam interrupted and blurted out "It's really sad he d...

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Less of Me

Forty-Five minutes ago my whole plan for the day got screwed up. I had every hour accounted for, right up till bedtime. After putting the boys on the bus I was going to zip to Kickboxing, hit Walmart for a new iron, get home in time to get Tom lunch, work on the drapes I’m sewing while the kids were napping, prep for Awana, do homework with Liam, serve an early dinne...

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Reality and Feelings

This past Sunday I had one of the worst mornings I could have ever had. It just kept getting worse and worse all the way to church. Finally once I got to church I really prayed about it, and felt God there for me and then I realized... The thing that happened was so tiny and the amount of pain I was feeling was for me to give to God. I then realized that I have a really g...

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Distraction

I don’t know if any of you have ever been drawn to a book to the point where you feel trapped in its words, its story, or its characters, but I know I have. If you know me, I always have a book with me, and it’s been that way for a long time. But whenever I come across one of those books that pull me in right away, I always become lost to the world around me. ...

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My Life Then & Now

My name is Nick Ford, I am 15 years old and I live in Rutland MA. For those who don’t really know me I will give you a brief description of my life. I was born in Bryansk Russia and I was brought to an orphanage at a very young age. I was there until I was adopted by my parents who I live with today at 11 months. Throughout my life in the US and a member of the Ford ...

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