Where is My Garden?

The taste of eternity Is here on our lips With every breath we sing With every breath we sing of Your majesty It's here in our midst With every breath we sing That question from Brady’s "Life After Life" sermon series has stuck with me. Where is my garden? Where are the places that God has placed me, and am I aware of them? What are the seeds that I am sowing in those places? The seed ...

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Stewardship: Simple Solutions Against Self-Absorption and Appetites

Brooklynn Wynveen shares her thoughts on the recent message entitled, "The Ripple Effect," which discussed the lasting repercussions from one generation to the next. With a PhD from Clemson University, this doctor knows her way through conversations regarding sustainability practices and their social outcomes. Read her post below as she invites us to continue the conversation. Stewardship is defined as “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for ...

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The Recycling Sermon?

“What does Joseph’s story have to do with recycling?” This is a question that was asked after my message this weekend, and it's something I’m sure other people were wondering. I wanted to take a minute to address this question because I think it’s an important one. First, I will reiterate what I said on Sunday at the 10:00 am service: this was not a sermon about recycling. It was a ...

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Dreams and Rest

Simply put: your ability to dream is built upon your ability to rest. If you’re worn down and burned out, your problems will be magnified and God’s calling on your life will begin to wane. There’s no way around it: dreaming is a result of dwelling in a state of restfulness, not in the midst of frenetic activity.

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Let the Forgiven Forgive

“The first and often only person to be healed by forgiveness is the person who does the forgiveness… When we genuinely forgive, we set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner we set free was us."             -Lewis Smedes                                                   ...

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Surrendering My Story

“You serve by living your story of redemption in front of the church”- Joey White I’ve had some moments in the last couple months since starting this job where I’ve thought, “Crap. I really thought I would have had things figured out by now.” When I used to envision the Derek that would be starting in ministry, I envisioned a guy that had most things figured out. No more pride issues, ...

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The Running Back that Hated to Run

I have long been fascinated by the story of Curtis Martin. Curtis Martin retired from the NFL in 2005 as with the fourth most rushing yards in the history of the league and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2012. While there is nothing extraordinary in that, what fascinates me is something that Martin shared in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech: he never really liked football... and ...

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Give Yourself Away

Whisper this out loud to yourself & ponder it for a few moments…. GIVE YOURSELF AWAY.             What comes to mind when you hear this? What emotions are connected with this phrase for you? Maybe your heart leaps a little. Or maybe it reminds you of how tired you are. Maybe both. That’s ok—there’s grace & freedom. We are all in different seasons & life may be especially difficult for you right now, but ...

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Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Not true, kid. Words matter. If you need proof, just have children. On the heels of having our second son three weeks ago (shameless plug, here’s a picture of Reeves)  I am even more aware of the importance of what I say and how I say it. My two year old just recently told me “Thanks, man!” when I ...

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