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Against the Grain – Week 5

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Built on the Rock: As we wrap up our time in the beatitudes, Jesus’ teachings force us to confront a weighty decision in our lives. It’s one thing to say that He is your Savior, but when you say that Jesus is Lord, what actions in your life reflect that surrender? Like a house built […]

Against the Grain – Week 4

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The Fruit of the Heart: The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. We can’t deny it, whatever our heart treasures is that which we produce. It is the seat of all our affections, the mind, and the will. So how do know what affections it holds?

Against the Grain – Week 3

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See Clearly: How do you know that your perspective on something is correct? A 6 is a 6…unless you look at it upside down, in which case it appears to be a 9. Has the truth changed, or only how you see the truth? In Luke 6, when Jesus tells us not to judge others, […]

Against the Grain – Week 2

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A Stunning Love: Who do you love most in your life? Family and friends tend to top that list, and as well they should! Now, think of the people who brought the most hurt into your life. Do they fall on that same list of people you love, or is there some other list somewhere? […]

Against the Grain – Week 1

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Jesus Redefines the Win: We’re kicking off a new series this Sunday, Against the Grain! When Jesus gave a sermon that was not on a mount (it was actually a flat riverbed!) He gave some pretty radical news. What you (the world) defines as success, or winning, is not how success is measured in the […]