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Springs of Living Water

Missional Communities are places where the thirsty soul can come for refreshment, for satisfaction....

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Embrace the Offense

People are easily offended. And we have believed and seek to communicate the Good News that offends in the deepest of ways. What hope do we have?...

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My Own Worst Publicist

It’s when your inner publicist consults with your inner defense lawyer to concoct and justify a false reality meant to get people off the scent....

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The Gospel & Sanctification

Thinking about the battle we wage against the spiritual forces of darkness and evil in the heavenly places, we need to talk about no condemnation. We need to talk about the payment being made in Christ’s blood. But we also need to talk about freedom from sin’s dominion and the ability in Christ to walk in newness of life....

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"I'm here to help, I'm not going anywhere."

On Saturday, April 23rd, many of our current and future MC Leaders gathered together for specific training related to how we help and encourage those among us in need of care.  This post is a brief recap of what was discussed and how it will impact our body going forward....

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Putting Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Four

We want our kids to have front-row seats to the spiritual growth of the community of believers as we are raising them to be Christ-centered missionaries in our world. Parents have a unique role to discipline and instruct them toward this life of following Christ. So many of you are bringing your children into the body of Christ. You are showing them your desire to know ...

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Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Three

Could we radically redefine “normal” for our kids? As I have seen over and over in my own life, I default to “normal.” My wife will tell you that my normal is not the same as her normal but I go back to my normal all the time. Normal is a distracted mind. Normal is forgetting responsibility. Normal is waiting until someone is upset before addressing the issue....

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Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part Two

As our children are in the family of God developing their identity as missionaries of God, we want to equip them to live in a broken and fallen world. This includes exposing them to the reality of sin in the context where they will see it appropriately....

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Put Kids in Their Proper Place: Part One

Throughout the bible, there are a lot of children born (or there was a lot of ‘begat’ing for the KJV fans). Their life begins and their life ends but most of the stories we know well are people in their teenage or adult years. So, where were do children show up? If you read with this question in mind, you might see that they are not where you would expect based on m...

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Proverbs Week 10 Discussion Questions

MC Discussion questions for week 10 of our series in Proverbs....

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Proverbs Week 7 Discussion Questions

Each week, I'll be doing my best to post the general questions given to each MC leader to frame out their discussion. My hope is to expose participants to the questions prior to discussion to come ready to confess and repent amongst their brothers and sisters in Christ. ...

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Gospel Identities in Practice

A healthy leader is one who believes the truth of the gospel, living as a disciple of Christ, as part of the family of God, and as a bold missionary. They live in light of their identity in Christ and the overarching mission of God in our city. As they lead their Missional Community, they foster an environment of deep discipleship, tangible care amongst the group members, ...

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2014 Desiring God Pastor's Conference

  So very grateful for the men and messages given at the 2014 Desiring God Pastor's Conference entitled The Pastor, the Vine, and the Branches: The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ. Here are my favorite messages, and it's worth the time to work through them all...enjoy!  ...

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Why Read the Bible?

Here's D.A. Carson on why we read the Bible...we read the Word to meet with the Living God.  The question then becomes do you want to meet with him?  Check out the original post at Desiring God....

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Mission as Cultivation

Note: this is part three of a series on being disciples, part of a family, and missionaries. God’s design in creation was good, very good in fact…as God reflected on what he had made there was a complete satisfaction with what came about. This is obvious, but the creation he made and the intent behind it was perfect and his design in Adam’s role was the...

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Arrived!

Note: this is the first post in a series looking at being a disciple, part of a family, and missionaries to our city.  The goal is to clarify and give depth to each aspect of our identity in Christ by looking at the theological basis, the example of Christ, and the empowerment of the Spirit. I attended Concordia South (Luther College, Decorah, IA). Imagine our belo...

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Living as a Family

Note: this post is second in a series focusing on the disciple, family, and missionary aspects of our identity in Christ. This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for so many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and ...

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Missional Community Multiplication

Last night, we launched our 16th Missional Community!  It's located in the Robert Asp neighborhood of North Moorhead, which is the 14th neighborhood in which we have a presence.  This group is led by Richard & Traci Anderson, hosted by Michael & Allison Vetter.  Their mission is to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus where God has p...

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Assuming the Gospel

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) As Paul tells the Corinthian church what's up, he points them back to the gospel.  He uses the word 8 times in the bo...

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My Favorites from the 2013 Desiring God National Conference

Here are my favorite messages from the 2013 Desiring God National Conference, in chronological order... Myth Wars: C.S. Lewis vs. Scientism Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles Undragoned: C.S. Lewis on the Gift of Salvation In Bright Shadow: C.S. Lewis on the Imagination for Theology and Discipleship Panel Discussion What Go...

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Boldness & Courage

Drawing from Acts 4, David Platt and Francis Chan discuss specific prayer for boldness and courage in our disciple-making.   ...

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