How Following Begins…Starting as a Fan

My friend Carl Medearis describes himself as a Jesus Follower.  He loves Jesus.  And he loves sharing Jesus with everyone.  One of his favorite questions is “What do you think of Jesus?”  He contends that if someone is not yet ready to be a Jesus Follower he’d be pleased for them

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How Following Begins…First Step…Come and See

Today begins the next mini-series in the Gospel of John: Encounters with Jesus.  For the next three weeks, our focus is “How following begins…” Sometimes the hardest part of any task is getting started.  Becoming a follower of Jesus is no different. What would lead a person to say “yes”

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Who is He?…God and Man

So you believe in God…what God? Who is He? There are a lot of “gods” out there. Can you describe yours? What sets yours apart? Do you really know whom you are following?  These are central questions both for your own faith and for being ready to share it with

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Living the FULL Summer Life

Summer is here and “summer break” schedules are becoming reality.  If we’re not deliberate, it will be easy to also take a break from following Jesus and getting what we need to continue to grow in Christ, care for others and experience community.  Satan would love for that to happen. 

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Models & Imitators – for Speaking of Jesus

If you want to personally improve something about yourself what do you do?  Find someone who excels.  Then watch them and learn from them.  Strive to imitate their excellence.  Could it be the same with Speaking of Jesus?  Who is there to watch?  Listen to what Paul says about the

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Speaking of Jesus

Welcome to week 1 of our 2 week mini-series “Speaking of Jesus” that gets its name from the book my friend Carl Medearis has written (and I highly recommend). Carl reminds his readers that many people today in the U.S. and the Middle East share the same views regarding Jesus

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Who Do You Think You Are? “Disciple”

Who do you think you are?  You are a disciple. dis·ci·ple  (dəˈsīpəl/) a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles. A follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher. Synonyms: apostle, follower, adherent, believer, admirer, devotee You can understand the definition, but do

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Who Do You Think You Are? “Salt and Light”

Our preaching series is “Who Do You Think You Are?” As we explore this question—the heart of the matter is—how do you see yourself?  Getting perspective on how God sees you “in Christ” might give you a new view of yourself.  Today we want to see and celebrate that “in

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Who Do You Think You Are “Overcomers”

Welcome to Holy Cross on Confirmation Sunday!  Our new preaching series is “Who Do You Think You Are?” As we explore this question—the heart of the matter is—how do you see yourself?  Do you see yourself as a masterpiece or a mess?  Advocate or critic? Overcomer or victim? Getting perspective

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