With All Your Mind

When Jesus points out the greatest commandment - loving God with all that we have - He added the phrase, "and with all your mind." It's as if He wanted to be clear that loving God with your whole self means not forgetting your intellect! As followers of Jesus, a

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Heart & Soul

What does it mean to love God with all of our "heart and soul"? In the story of the woman at the well, we see someone who has been pursuing something with all her heart and soul and where that has brought her. In her interaction with Jesus, He helps

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Following Jesus

What does it mean to "be a disciple" of Jesus? How do I know if I'm doing it right? We sometimes make following Jesus out to be way more complicated than it really is. As we begin a new series looking at what it means to follow Jesus, we're starting

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The Lord is My Shepherd

The 23rd Psalm might be the most well-known Psalm, if not the most familiar Old Testament passage. Most people associate it with hope and comfort and for that reason, it's often heard at funerals. This Psalm isn't one that's often misunderstood - it's just that it's so common that we

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Walking on Water

We often hear about Peter getting out of the boat and walking on water as a metaphor for doing something really extraordinary or great because we had faith in Jesus. But looking closely at the real story, Peter isn't portrayed as an example to follow. His weakness, not his faith,

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The Good Samaritan

The story of the Good Samaritan shows us what it looks like to love our neighbor, but it also shows us how we are saved. We get to be a "good Samaritan" in life because Jesus is our Good Samaritan, rescuing us from the robbers of sin and death.

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David & Goliath

The story of David and Goliath is often used as a metaphor for overcoming adversity in your life because if David triumphed over Goliath because he had courage, then you can triumph over your giants, too. But David didn't triumph because he was courageous. David trusted in the promises of

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Fire & Lions

The two stories of the Fiery Furnace and Daniel & the Lion's Den are often used to tell us that if we just have enough faith, everything will work out fine and God will save us from our troubles. But that gives us a false understanding of just what "faith"

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Noah’s Ark

The story of Noah's Ark isn't a cute story with a floating zoo and a colorful rainbow in the sky. It's the story of God's judgment upon the sin of the world and the story of God's grace and mercy given freely.

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