Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018

  "[Love] is not irritable or resentful." - 1 Corinthians 13:5 When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio.  I can't think of a time I've seen her when she wasn't cheerful and kind.  I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I'm...

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Lenten Blog – 3/19/2018

My 1-year-old son, Eli, likes to have things his way.  When he wants something, he goes and grabs it.  When someone tries to make him do something he doesn't want to do, like take a nap, he throws a tantrum... I mean a full-on, scream-his-head-off, throw stuff, throw-himself-to-the-ground, tantrum.  It's bad when 1-year-old acts like this, but it's expected.  When...

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Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018

I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you've done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as...

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Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick.  It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first.  Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain.  After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. ...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying for the Lost

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people" - Ephesians 1:18 Today was my son, Eli's, baptism. I've always loved baptisms because of the promise God gives us that through baptism He will...

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, October 14 Don't cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead. On October 14 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert. We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal. Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today! The order page is our online donations page. On that page,...

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, August 19   Don't cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead.     On August 19 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert. We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal. Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today!   The order page is our online donations...

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You Are Sent – Sermon Follow-Up

"As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world." -John 17:18 Yesterday we talked about how we have been made ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us (2 Cor 5:20).  At the North Campus we have a few songs at the beginning of our service and then one song at the end....

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Devotion – June 26, 2015 – The Seed

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at...

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Devotion – June 16, 2015 – Compassion on the Lost

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. —Mark 6:34 These people were like sheep without a shepherd.  They did not know the Messiah.  When Jesus saw them, how did he respond?  This was in Israel, His chosen people.  Was...

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78% of Pasco Residents are Churchless. What Will You Do?

Drive around your neighborhood this afternoon and count the houses.  Only about 1 in 5 of those homes has people living in it who claim a church home.  That's what the U.S. census tells us.  According to the Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA) in the 2010 U.S. census 78.2% of people in Pasco County have no church affiliation (source). ...

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Devotion – June 5, 2015 – Faith Comes by Hearing

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? —Romans 10:14 Paul asks the obvious question.  How are people supposed to believe the Gospel if they have never heard it?  For "faith...

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Telling the Gospel – Cleansed of Our Sins

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we...

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Devotion – May 24, 2015 – Speaking Boldly

Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. —Acts 28:31 This is how the book of Acts ends.  What a way to end it!!  The Apostle Paul had endured many hardships in his ministry, from being rejected by his people (the Jews) and shipwrecked to prison, beatings, and the threat of...

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Telling Our Stories – Getting What I Don't Deserve

This is a continuation of a blog series of the stories of God working in people's lives.  This story is from missionalrev as found on SearchChurch.co.uk. Living a life I don't deserve They say you get what you deserve in life: Good things come to the good, and the bad guys will have justice poured out them at some point!...

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Telling Our Stories – God's Provision

We've been talking a lot about evangelism at Family of Christ North and I've started blogging about different ways to talk about the Gospel (such as Jesus taking our place or Victory over death and hell).  It's important to be able to tell people what Jesus has done for us, but it's also good to be able to talk about...

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Telling the Gospel – Victory in Christ

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57 When mankind fell into sin, death entered the world...

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Telling the Gospel

The Gospel is the Good News of what Jesus has done for us, what His death and resurrection mean for us and all creation.  While Jesus died once for us, there are many ways we may talk about what He did for us.  At Family of Christ North, we've been talking about sharing the Gospel with others.  So, I thought...

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Sharing God's Story

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on...

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Sharing Your Story

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went...

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Devotion – May 10, 2015 – Modeling Christ

You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers... —1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 On Mothers day we honor and thank our mothers and grandmothers.  One of the most blessed gifts (and at times challenges)...

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Exponential #2: Do You Know Your Person of Peace?

In Luke chapter 10 Jesus sends out His disciples to announce the Kingdom of God is at hand and when He does this, He said... And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I...

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Exponential #1: Go and Make Discples

This week I have the opportunity to attend the Exponential East conference here in Tampa.  Exponential is a 3-day, biannual conference (one West one East) which focuses on church planting.  So, it's right up our alley.  I thought I'd blog about some of the sessions throughout the conference.  So, be looking for these blog posts throughout the next few days....

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