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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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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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Fascination with Interpretation

“You’re constantly interpreting your world…You are an incessant interpreter. That is a significant and important function. You never leave your life alone.”...

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MC Leader Huddle Content: Evangelism

In June, we will be focusing on how as MC Leaders we live as ambassadors for Christ as we are united to him by faith. We’ll look at this on an individual level as men, but also how to foster an understanding of the role everyone plays within a group as it pertains to proclamation. To begin, I’ll be synthesizing chapter five from Mack Stiles’ book Evangeli...

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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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The Loveliness and Grace of Jesus Christ

In April, our MC leaders will explore the doctrine of union with Christ and how that defines them as his disciples.  As a supplement to that, here are some thoughts from John Owen in Communion with the Triune God on the loveliness and graciousness of our Lord and Savior. Jesus is... Lovely in his person---in the glorious all-sufficiency of his Deity, gra...

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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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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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God's Goodness in Your Pain

HT: Zach Nielsen...

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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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Getting Past Our Doubts from Ray Ortlund

Many in our church and in our city are struggling with this or that, with unbelief in the promises of the gospel. Asaph struggled with the same thing, and shared how he worked through it in Psalm 73....

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Prayer as Communion - Paul Washer

Thanks to Aaron Tetzlaff for pointing me to this encouraging message from Paul Washer....

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Cultivating Meaningful Relationships in Small Groups

"Small groups. Growth groups. Mini-churches. Community groups. Cell groups. Accountability groups. Home groups. Missional communities. Mini-flocks. No matter what you call them, most churches of any size highlight the importance of meeting together in smaller communities within the local church. How do I cultivate meaningful relationships in my small group?"...

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Platt on Disciple Making

Missional Community leaders need to set the pace, showing that "money and possessions and sex and sports and success are not worthy of their worship." Jesus is, and we seek to see his worship increase. How can we stand by as our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. worship things other than Jesus which will only lead to death and destruction?...

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Neighborhood Engagement

In searching the City of Fargo's website for regulations on slow-moving vehicles (that's another story altogether), I found that there are 7 neighborhoods in town that have formed an assocation....

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Timmy Brister on Inconsequential Successes

"When it comes to the Great Commission, there are basically three responses a church can have. A church can do nothing, something, or one thing."...

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Gospel Identities

Who you are influences what you do. What you believe influences how you live. In our fallenness, we are great at getting this wrong and placing more emphasis on what you're to do rather than living out of who you are. Therefore, we must highlight our "gospel identities" as the basis for and the motivation of shared mission. ...

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How to Tell the Better Story

A few years ago, I found myself leaning on Akon's Lamborghini....

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Four Steps to Community Engagement

The most valuable resource for the missional journey is real-life examples and real-time conversations. ...

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Fighting for Corporate Identity

My prayer is that as we develop our concise mission statements group-by-group, we can look at our MC's and see them "standing firm in one spirit, striving side-by-side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything" by those hostile toward the faith (Phil. 1:27-28)....

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