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People Like Us - Matt Lewis

Category: Missional Living

For some time, I have been reflecting on some insights God had revealed to me about the Gospel and about giving it to others through an experience I had giving food away in Hood River earlier in the summer. Fast forward a few weeks from my time spent in Hood River, and I am sitting at Starbucks...

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Tags: baptism, evangelism, mission

Short Stories

Category: Story

  I recently just finished reading a short story by one of my favorite authors. The story was creative and thoughtful and redemptive and set in the same history and culture as some of the other tales the author has written. There was struggle and redemption, plot twists on who was good and...

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Tags: stories, story, storied

Something Greater

Category: Gospel Fluency

Something Greater   I had the day off! That should be a glorious statement and I fully intended on the day satisfying all my comfort idols. But I also hoped that the day would bring me the opportunity to bring fun to my kids.   I wanted to go play with them. I wanted to give...

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Tags: romans 8, spirit, worship

ADVENT: Warfare


Advent War, that is a funny phrase.  What if we put that on our fireside mantel instead of a nativity scene, or at least right next to it or in front of it.  You know, "God coming to declare war on sin, false worship, and brokenness!" right next to our baby in a manger and over the...

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ADVENT: Weakness


I have blundered around with this idea of Jesus coming to rescue us from our weakness for more than a week now.  I have had deep and moving thoughts (at least in my secret thought life people would think they were deep and moving) about our weak confidence and faith.  My hope in Jesus...

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ADVENT: Wounds

Category: Worship

If you abide in my words, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. A story from my 7th grade years.  I still remember the day I went over to the house to play basketball.  The invite seemed suspicious but I went anyway because more...

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ADVENT: Worship


This advent, this Christmas we are looking at Jesus birth in what is to my heart a refreshing and powerful way.  Jesus didn't come to earth to be a cute baby, to make a nativity scene on your mantel, or to fill your stockings with your latest desires and idols (funny we celebrate the one...

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If You Could Do Anything

Category: Glory of God

I am a high school math teacher and most days of my classes I begin with a question that tries to allow students to tell me about themselves. Here is one of my questions that I asked of my students that challenged me this morning: What would you do and be like if you had all the money you could...

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Redemption Groups

Are there places in your life where you’re feeling stuck? Addiction, abuse, or other assorted troubles in your story that are hindering your growth? Redemption Groups create a safe community context with trained gospel shepherds who will spend 9 weeks digging into your story and helping...

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Tags: redemption

Scrub those dishes.

Category: Kingdom Living

I was doing dishes and trying to clean a transparent mixing dish, scrubbing away as hard as I could and no matter how hard I scrubbed I could not get the chocolate off it. I scrubbed and scrubbed but it just didn't seem to budge. Finally, minutes later, I realized that the chocolate wasn't on...

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