Removing the Scum
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Removing the Scum

And it’s a painful dentist visit if you get too far behind. That’s sort of how it’s been during the years of not reading scripture daily: scum-y. And the scum builds. Self-talk is scum-y, conversations with strangers are scum-y, talking with friends and family becomes scum-y.

Peace in Scripture
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Peace in Scripture

I realized during our Rooted study last year that this is a response of feeling responsible for so many things. I realized after addressing control through that lens it is often also a way of protecting myself emotionally. I have been addressing that in prayer over some months now. I ask God often to "convince me that trusting Him is easier than trusting myself."

Practicing Lectio Divina
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Practicing Lectio Divina

The Bible is meant for ongoing meditation. One way to study the scriptures is through the rhythm of Lectio Divina. In this method, we seek to experience the presence of God through reading and listening, prayer, meditation and contemplation.

The Pursuit of Scripture
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The Pursuit of Scripture

No spiritual rhythm is more important than the intake of God's word. Nothing can substitute for it.  In our busy lives, it's easy to become preoccupied with "Christian" activities and not spend enough time in God's word. Scripture intake is not only one of the most important spiritual rhythms, it is also the most broad. There are several ways to pursue scripture.

Ignoring the Ruts
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Ignoring the Ruts

So what is the matter with being in a rut? There is an old saying “a rut is just a grave with both ends kicked out!” We talked in the Sunday sermon about habits or Rhythms that we get into.  Some good, some bad, and some, . . well just our routine. 

The Rhythm of Running
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The Rhythm of Running

As with running, the spiritual rhythms that I engage in (prayer, Scripture, rest, community) have been uncomfortable and sporadic at first. I have to build endurance for them. I have to push through not enjoying some of them and evaluate afterwards the fact that they actually made me feel better than before.

The Pursuit of Spiritual Rhythms
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The Pursuit of Spiritual Rhythms

That is the focus of our series, "PURSUIT". We are pursuing relationship with Jesus by developing rhythms that shape our hearts and the pattern of our behaviors. Not just our hearts...our souls. These rhythms unite our heads and our hearts, growing our love for God and our neighbors, just as we were created to be.

A List of Resources
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A List of Resources

So many of us have personally experienced real seasons of darkness or hopelessness…or know someone close to us who has. We hope to provide you with resources to help in your journey of healing, or for you to better relate to those who are close and going through difficult times.

Ten Commandments: What is this in my Right Hand?
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Ten Commandments: What is this in my Right Hand?

What is this in my Right Hand? 10 Commandments – Week 3 Mike Halstead 6/24/18 This week, we move on to the 2nd commandment, and discuss the dangerous practice of creating things that are not God in His image. We also will further take a look at God’s “jealous” nature, something that may be difficult...

Wildwood Forest Vacation Bible School (VBS!)
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Wildwood Forest Vacation Bible School (VBS!)

  Kindergarten – 5th grade Suggested donation of $5 Kids will discover the untamable nature of God as they visit Discovery Sites throughout Wildwood Forest. God’s character goes beyond our imaginations as He reveals himself in exciting, unexpected ways. Register today! To Volunteer for VBS There are so many things to do: help with decorations...