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Performance v Relationship

Our place in God’s family is secured because of our relationships, not because of our performance....

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Unjustified anger

Feeling anger in the face of injustice or evil is a totally appropriate response. Even Jesus felt anger. But our anger isn’t always justified....

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Beneath the obedience

They stuff their frustration and pocket their pain so that everyone around them can focus on the crisis. But this comes at a great cost to their souls....

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The Pathway to Self-Righteousness

There’s a story behind every self-righteous person’s arrogance....

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Dead and Alive again

Jesus the son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found....

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Rehearsing your speech

The younger son comes up with a plan for how he can influence his reception when he arrives back at his father’s house....

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Come to your senses

Caught up in our own sin or our own busyness or drama, we need something to jar us out of our pattern of behavior....

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The Descent into Darkness

If you’ve ever watched VH-1’s “Behind the Music” you know where this story is going....

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Straining at the Leash

What do you think are the consequences of ignoring the ways our worst nature strains at its leash?...

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Attracting a crowd

Jesus continues to attract people to himself for different reasons....

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Core Convictions

We have to clarify what’s most essential and cling to it...

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Jesus be the center

When we think and talk about breaking through barriers, we must remain centered on Jesus....

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Unhappy Easter

Not everyone’s happy about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem....

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Excited about Jesus

Even when things in our lives are difficult, there’s a part of us that continues burn with excitement for Jesus....

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A Legacy of Intentionality

Our decisions to tear down dividing walls in Jesus’ name will impact the generations that follow us....

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Shepherding a Breakthrough

Barnabas' first response to the breakthrough was celebration....

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Generosity and Accountability

Why did the church in Jerusalem send Barnabas to Antioch?...

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The experience of being an outsider

There’s something about the experience of being an outsider that prepares you to connect with other outsiders, even if they’re different from you....

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Old Habits Die Hard

Something had to change. And something did change....

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Sweet openness

How ready are you to listen to those who come from outside your circle of relationships? ...

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Peace Posture

In our efforts to break through barriers, we often stop short of this step of radical humility....

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Complex Privilege

If we encounter complicated power dynamics when interacting with our bosses and our in-laws, how much more will we encounter them when attempting to cross economic and ethnic divides?...

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Power Dynamics

Power dynamics often come into play when breaking through the walls that divide us....

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