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She was nine months pregnant and decided to stay home with her newborn. As my co-worker, “Jan,” said her goodbyes, she stopped in my office and said, “I don’t think you know this, but it’s because of you that I met my husband. I just...

God’s goal in saving us is total transformation. He is not interested in incremental improvement, changing a few habits or smoothing off a few rough edges. God’s plan for us is total annihilation of our fallen nature and complete restoration of body, mind, and spirit...

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."  Matthew 18:21-22 It can be hard to forgive.  We stack up...

The human brain wants to categorize. It's a necessary function of how our brains accomplish the monumental task of filtering a flood of information into a narrative that makes sense--it's cognitively efficient. But this high-level computational ability God created in our brains is not free...

Originally shared 4/4/17 Recently I’ve been exposed to a barrage of commercials for Plymouth Rock Assurance. Their tag line is, “More than just ‘insurance,’ Plymouth Rock ‘Assurance.’” The commercial makes a distinction between “insurance” and “assurance.” Whereas insurance is the “product” they’re selling, “assurance” is the...

On a recent trip to Egypt, a trip to visit the Cave Church on the outskirts of Cairo brought me through Manshiyat Naser, which includes an area called “Garbage City.” There is no other way to describe Garbage City except to say that there is...

Have you been following CCF’s sermon series – The Game Plan?  We have been taking a trip through the Old Testament looking at the history of the Israelite people and God’s plan for them. Perhaps you have noticed a pattern. Following God Rebellion Repentance Following God Rebellion Repentance Good years, bad years.  Promises,...

Before you answer “yes”, “no”, “not sure”, or “is this a trick question?”, let me define the term “basically” as I think most people understand it. “Basically” is naturally, inherently, intrinsically. So you could carve a penguin sculpture out of ice but it is still basically...