Newsletter-The Secret Place By: Greg Laurie

The Secret Place 
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
When you were a child, did you ever have a hiding place? A place you would run to when you were afraid or wanted to be alone? God wants to be your hiding place. The good news is that you can retreat to this hiding place wherever you are. When you are tied up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can retreat there. When you are having a conflict at work and don’t know what to say or how to deal with it, you can immediately retreat into that secret place of the Most High as you live in fellowship and communion with God.
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Newsletter-Dry Bones By: Pastor Ed Rea

Dry Bones
God showed His prophet Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled with dry bones and asked him, “Can these bones live?” This was God’s pledge to someday soon restore His people and the nation of Israel to life and spiritual regeneration. Of course had it been any other person asking the question, the answer would obviously have been of course not, but Ezekiel remembered who was asking and he gave a wise answer.
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Newsletter-Meant For Good

Meant For Good
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”-Genesis 50:20
Aren’t you glad the word oops is not in God’s vocabulary? God is sovereign, which simply means that God is in control. He doesn’t make mistakes. He does what He wants when He wants with whom He wants in any way He wants.That could be a little frightening if we didn’t know that God is also good.
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Newsletter-We Will Tell The Next Generation

We Will Tell The Next Generation
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. (Psalm 78:4)
One of the most important tasks we will have as Christians is raising our children up in a way the both honors the Lord and teaches them the faith. The majority of Christians in church today came form Christians families. Some of them converted once their own but the vast majority were already familiar with the faith because their parents took them to church. While it may not be true that all children who grow up hearing about the Lord will end up being Christians, it is true that they have a higher chance.
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Newsletter-The Blessing of Promises By: First Pres Joilet

17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore… 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Abraham trusts God completely; willing to obey even it if means offering up his only son Isaac as a sacrifice.  But God graciously provides a sacrifice other than Isaac.  And Abraham calls that place “The Lord will provide.”
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Newsletter-Far Away By: Greg Laurie

Far Away
By: Greg Laurie
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. -Psalm 103:12
The paralyzed man, who was brought by his friends to Jesus for healing, had been lowered through a hole in the roof (Luke 5:17-26). He was lying there on his bed right in front of Jesus. Jesus looked down at him. Every eye in the room was on this man. Then he looked up into the very eyes of God incarnate.
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Newsletter-Trusting God when I don’t understand-By: Rick Warren

Trusting God when I don’t understand
By: Rick Warren

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

When the children of Israel were finally set free from Egypt after 400 years of slavery, they started marching out to freedom and the first thing they came to was the Red Sea. There were impassable mountain ranges on two sides of them, the sea in front of them. Behind them, in hot pursuit, was the Egyptian army because the Pharaoh had changed his mind about letting them go. The path before the Israelites looked like a dead end.
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Newsletter-Football and Foolishness By: David Maxson

Football and Foolishness

By: David Maxson

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. (2 Timothy 2:23)
You could say that I have a love/hate relationship with football. I am a product of my upbringing in the South, and so my love of football comes honestly. (And it’s college football down here, not NFL.) I love my school. I love the intense rivalries. I love fierce competition and the passion of the fanbases. I love it!
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Newsletter-A Home Away From Home By: Thea Leunk

A Home Away From Home
Reading – 2 Kings 4:8-17
“You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you?” –2 Kings 4:13 –
Shunem was a small town. A wealthy woman who lived in the village offered her home to God’s prophet whenever he traveled through. Going far beyond the hospitality of offering a meal and bed, she had a special room built just for Elisha-a home away from home.
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Newsletter-Open Your Gifts By: Ray Steadman

Open Your Gifts
By: Ray Steadman
Read the Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-10
How is the church expected to demonstrate the power of God and thus influence society? The apostle suggests clearly that the power of the church lies in all Christians discovering and intelligently exercising the spiritual gift that was given to them when they became a member of the body of Christ. That is largely a forsaken principle today, and that is why the church is so weak. If we ever recover the strength God intended the church to exert in human society, it will be by a return to that simple thing, the exercise of each person’s spiritual gift.
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