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You Should Pray

Back in 2013, a high-speed train was carrying 247 passengers across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, where thousands of Christians gather every year to celebrate the festival of St. James, the disciple of Jesus whose bones they say are buried at that place. The train was about 2.5 miles outside the city when it rounded a curve at 120 mph, which wasn’t good because the speed limit around the curve was 50 mph. And for good reason. Because the train was going too fast, 8 of the train cars...

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I don’t know if you have had lunch or tea with the Queen Elizabeth II recently, or if you’ve met Prince William & Kate or Prince Harry & Meghan at Applebee’s lately. But if you do, here are some rules for hanging out with British royalty. No one can eat after the queen has finished her meal – so you better eat fast When you meet the queen, it’s appropriate for men to do a neck bow and for women to curtsy The queen initiates the dinner...

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ALL IN: For Your Neighbor

This past Monday night, the CBS evening news ended with an inspiring story. It’s common for the TV networks to do that, isn’t it? After sharing 25 minutes of news that likely left their audience feeling down, they try to end by lifting us back up. They shared a feel good story that happened over the weekend on a farm near Ritzville, Washington. The farmer who owns and farms that land is Larry Yockey, and it was harvest time for his wheat. But Larry is battling stage 4 skin cancer...

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ALL IN: For Ministry

You might know what a drone is. It’s an unmanned aerial vehicle. A few months ago, someone used a drone with a camera to capture some beautiful aerial pictures of our campus. You may or may not also know that there are awards given each year to the best pictures taken by a drone and that the latest awards were announced just this past week. The pictures of our church weren’t entered and didn’t win, but the winning pictures, as you might expect, are fascinating. There was a...

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ALL IN - No Matter the Cost

You might know that this weekend marks a significant anniversary in American history. It is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldron walking on the moon during their Apollo 11 mission to space. There are some interesting things about the moon landing that I didn’t know before this week. For example, the flag they put on the moon is no longer there. Buzz said he saw the flag fall over as they were leaving the moon, and NASA hasn’t been able to find any indication that...

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ALL IN: Under Your Cross

Who is Jesus? I understand that must seem like an odd question to ask a church full of Christians on a Sunday morning. Yet, it’s an important one. Today, we begin a sermon series on “Discipleship.” Over the next four weeks, we’re going to talk about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, to follow Jesus, to have a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus. But what it means for you to be a disciple of Jesus completely depends on your answer to the previous question. I...

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#WINNING Against Regret

Do you have any regrets? Though this person’s intentions may have been good, he certainly has at least one regret. May we learn from his and always check the spelling before we put it in ink. But that’s not the kind of regret I’m talking about. See, I’m not talking about the taco you had before bed last night, the silly mistake you made last week, or even a bad tattoo. I’m talking about the regret of sin that can sit so heavy on your heart – the lies, the...

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#WINNING Against Death

A 23-year-old young woman in Florida did something that not many people get to do. She buried a shark. And not just any shark. A shark that bit her on the arm. This young woman was snorkeling with her friends one day near Boca Raton in Florida when a 2-foot long shark bit her on the arm and refused to let go. She tried to hit it off, shake it off, scream it off, but it just kept hanging on. She ran onto the shore with a shark dangling off her arm, which is when someone killed it. But its grip...

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#WINNING Against Doubt

Have you ever been asked to do something ridiculous? Have you been given a task that caused your eyebrows to go up few inches? You have if you’ve ever visited the Safehouse in Downtown Milwaukee without knowing the password. The Safehouse is a unique, spy-themed restaurant and bar. It’s unique not only because the bar and wait staff are dressed as secret agents or the James Bond pictures on the walls or the secret passages that lead from one room to the other. It’s unique...

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All of God Is for You

Keanon Lowe is 27 years old. When he was in high school, he was named the Division 6A Defensive Player of the Year for the state of Oregon. He played college football at the University of Oregon from 2010-2014. He’s now the head football coach at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon. But it was just last month, 5 years after he stopped playing football, that he made the most significant tackle of his life. He was at the high school on Friday, May 17th, standing in his classroom, when...

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