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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Find Your Way

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. -- Psalm 86:11 -- On each morning of a typical workday, I drive from my house to the church offices at the Sunwest Campus. I take the same route. I pass the same structures. I see the same road signs. I am fully aware of the speed limits and grant a subtle ...

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Turned Around

Every evening when Michael and I get home from work we take Titus and our dog Honey out for a walk.  While we do it because Honey whines if we don’t, we also enjoy the time as a family with few distractions and getting to visit with neighbors along the way. We have been doing this every night for about 4 years now, so when Titus came along 6 months ago ...

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Simplicity

What comes to mind when you think of practicing the discipline of simplicity? Most often the discipline of simplicity gets associated with taking a voluntary vow of poverty or selling possessions. Perhaps one reason we associate simplicity with giving away possessions is because it’s measurable and easily defined. But the discipline of simplicity should not be reduced to a set of external decisions concerning our possessions. This is certainly part ...

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Fasting

There are several examples in Scripture of God calling His people to do a corporate fast.[1] Every time God asks His people to fast corporately, it’s for a few specific purposes. First, God calls His people to corporate fasts to have them pay closer attention to His voice through the Holy Spirit. God also calls His people to participate in corporate fasts to have them pay closer attention to the ...

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Practicing Sabbath

Yesterday we talked about the fact that honoring the Sabbath is something important to God. It is something He calls His people to remember and regularly practice. In the sermon we studied why the Sabbath is so important, we did not look at how to practice the Sabbath. While the Bible obviously calls us to practice spiritual disciplines like Sabbath, it doesn’t always tell us how to do them. One ...

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Church-wide Fast: Week 6

Once again, I am posting this blog late. I apologize for the delay. After going through six weeks of the fast, I asked our people two simple questions: “What have you learned from this experience?” and “Do you plan on ever fasting again?” Here are some of their answers: I learned that it is very difficult to actually deny yourself a physical need, even if it is for a short period ...

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