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New Vision

New Vision

Acts 9 begins with drama and intensity. Saul is breathing murderous threats against the followers of “the Way.” So hot is his rage, that he requests permission to travel outside of Jerusalem to find those believers who may have fled. On the way, Jesus himself speaks to him. In a flash of light from heaven, everything changes for Saul. He hears the voice and no sooner does he learn that it is Jesus who is speaking to him, but he also discovers that he is now blind. His companions lead him into the city, where he fasts for 3 days...

What Keeps Us

What Keeps Us

1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. Sometimes we think what keeps us from fellowship with God and with each other is our darkness. The stuff...

Change

Change

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie Isn’t this the truth? We all hope to be there (wherever there is for each one of us). Yet, on the journey towards that goal there are unexpected stops, things that waylay us and circumstances that don’t cooperate with our plans. To each of us who are struggling – with health issues, with job loss, with difficult relationships, with budgets that just won’t balance, with a hard day – remember...

It’s the Season of Giving!

It’s the Season of Giving!

Fa la la la la, la la la…what? Can you believe that it’s already the Holiday Season!? Every year, the holidays seem to slowly creep up earlier and earlier on us. The pumpkin spice candles are out and the hot cocoa is being served. How exciting to see the holiday lights going up and the holiday cheer spreading all around! In some areas of the country, it’s actually beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As the shops are filled with holiday discounts gearing up for holiday gift shopping, we encourage you to embrace the holiday cheer and walk into...

True Christianity

True Christianity

“Hurt people hurt people” — a concept we’ve all heard yet haven’t truly understood its impact. We say that the church is a hospital for the broken, but do not actually foster space for God’s divine healing. Instead we find ourselves, the sick patients, playing doctor, providing false and inaccurate treatment for brokenness. Growing up as an Adventist Christian, I recall numerous of times where my spirit was shattered into pieces by fellow Adventist Christians. “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose (Proverbs 18:21).” Stomach tense, hands clammy, mind racing—I would literally put on my fake...