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Making the Most of the Time

One of his lines struck me, how he turned to his digital device "every time my attention span wobbled.”...

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God's Ever-Arriving Sustaining Grace

God's enduring grace keeps us connected to the Giver, not His gifts. ...

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Love the Refugee With the Compassion Christ Has Shown You

Jesus’ command goes against our instincts....

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That All May See Your Progress

So cheer up! And be warned....

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There are no ordinary people

You have never talked to a mere mortal....

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We Are Not Good Enough

The first Moses says is we will all fail to live as we ought . . ....

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Withering Wife

I note two things that contribute to this withering ...

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5 Lies Christians Tell About Money

Often we'’re acting based on misconceptions about what Scripture teaches. We need to have an accurate, comprehensive view of biblical personal finance....

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A Marginalized People Lead a Hidden Revival

An estimated 10-12 million Roma people are concentrated in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and those countries comprising the former Yugoslavia....

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What is the Greatest Good you can do for your Children?

Provide culture-conforming comforts and security?...

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In Need of a Heart Transplant

We are offered the gift of repentance!...

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Keith and Jacqueline Stanton

. . . until we have reached the last tribe regardless of where that tribe might be....

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God is Immutable. We are not.

“You never listen when I talk to you.” “You always leave your socks on the floor.” “You’re never ready on time for school.” “We always have meatloaf for dinner.”...

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Sacred Pathways

We encourage you to take this Sacred Pathways Quiz....

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The Songs of Jesus

"I need only one thing to survive and thrive...

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Have mercy on foolish and sinful people

Would you like others to remember your failings as long as your remember theirs?...

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Five Evidences Jesus Rose from the Dead

Men don’t lay down their lives for what they know is a lie....

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Safe?

"Who said anything about safe?"...

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There is Big H Hope!

Christianity says God has been all the places you have been...

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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

We all--parents and kids--need the resucing and life-shaping grace of Jesus!...

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Living With Gratitude Has Not Come Easily For Me

Counting my miseries seems to shrink my soul, while counting blessings opens up my heart to God...

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Paseo del Rey Fights Dirty

. . . every 20 seconds a child dies from a dirty water-related disease!...

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Let’s Rise to Love Those Left in Fear

As Christians, we love and care for our neighbors despite our differences. Let’s give hope to the fearful today....

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Paseo del Rey Fights Dirty

Join our whole Paseo del Rey family . . ....

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Jesus and this Tuesday

Many of us are gloomy and disheartened as the presidential candidates of the two major parties are the most disliked and distrusted candidates as far as any of us can remember....

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When Darkness Seems So Dark

The light shines that much brighter when there is more and more darkness....

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That your prayers may not be hindered

What struck me is that all three teach us not that praying helps us live right, but that living right helps us pray....

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Having a Difficult Conversation 3

Keep the hard conversation brief. No one wants some long-winded lecture for an off-the-cuff remark they didn't even know would offend you....

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Having a Difficult Conversation 1

I don't know anyone who looks forward to a difficult conversation. Well, I take that back....

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More on Having a Difficult Conversation 2

Before he picked up a scalpel, he planned....

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Do we still have to obey the law?

How does this work for the Gospel-Saturated believer?...

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You Can Impact the World

Jesus doesn't leave any wiggle room. "Go, and make disciples of all nations . . ." As Brooks Buser recently reminded us, there are really only three options for followers of Jesus: Go. Send. Or Disobey. So what does a sender look like? Does a sender just write checks (which are helpful)? Does a sender never go near, or far? Does a sender just wish good thoughts and pra...

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May all the peoples praise you!

Gather up your family and friends and watch this whole awesome story of the YembiYembi people...

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What do we do when darkness seems to get darker?

I get concerned about the way of the world....

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Fear Freezes Faith . . .

. . . our fear of losing our desired control of the people, events, season, future and world around us, feeds irrationally and freezes our faith....

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You Should Know

People in our neighborhood and schools. Across the city. Beyond the borders. And to the very ends of the earth....

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Go. Send. Pray. Next Steps.

What’s your next step in being part of the fulfillment of God’s great promise?...

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Love Mercy

I’m pretty sure there is someone in your life who may fear your disapproval...

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A Family Devotion for Christmas

Looking for a brief devotion resource for your family this Christmas?...

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Rosaria Butterfield: Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

She has some unique, controversial and Spirit-given insights . . ....

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Answering Four Street-Level Arguments for Sexual Immorality

As fallen human beings we all tend to explain away or excuse our sin...

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The Bible and Same-Sex Intimacy

Well, it depends who you ask....

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Saints and Sexual Immorality

Don’t listen to yourself; preach to yourself....

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God’s not weirded out by it, so why are we?

Sex: God’s good creation, God’s good command....

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6 Things Single People Are Tired of Hearing

What single people really think when you say these few common, well-meaning "encouragements" . . . ...

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The Prosperity Gospel and our Kids

Over the years I have watched loving parents unwittingly teach their kids principles of this false gospel....

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Spiritual Doubt, and Sleep. And a Prayer.

Here’s one of the best scholars in the world telling us that we may be spiritually obligated to take a nap! ...

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A Good Night's Sleep

It helps me to seek the Lord for every aspect of my responsibilities, commit the results to Him and get a good night’s sleep under His watchful care....

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A Cruel Kindergarchy

Helicopter parents. Lawn Mover parents. Child-obsessed parents....

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Jesus "got it” . . .

Busy as He was, He was never crazy-busy!...

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God created sexuality

And like all of God’s creation, sex is good, very good, Genesis 1.31!...

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Who should be baptized? How about you?

When Christians are baptized, they fulfill the command of Jesus (Matthew 19-20) and are submerged in water to identify with the death of Jesus and rise out of the water celebrating the transforming power of His resurrection (Romans 6:1-10). This public identification with Jesus testifies to the fact that we believe by faith that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose th...

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Work Matters: Vocation & Calling (VIDEO)

As we continue learning why our "Work Matters" to God, I thought you might enjoy and learn from this brief video interview that features one of my seminary professors. It's an webisode of "Talbot Talks" on the topics of vocation and calling. Enjoy! ...

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Your Work Matters to God

"God has structured things for his glory and his goodness and humanity is directing it in evil or good ways. If you are going to engage culture, it's about taking the things you are skilled at and asking, "How can I direct them in a good way?" - Lecrae Read the full blog post here... Your Work Matters to God...

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A Bubba With a Passion for the Gospel and Golf

Our Work Matters!...

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Work Matters

Your work matters to God!...

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Don't neglect the glory of the Cross in and through the Resurrection

And yet, there is another aspect to the Easter story....

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The New Normal

God’s Spirit changes everything....

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Forgiving the Man Who Murdered My Mom

The essence of the forgiveness model is taking the hard step of trying to see things through the offender's eyes. Hard, Holy Spirit work....

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5 Reasons God Makes Us Wait

The good news is that God never asks us to wait without Him. ...

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Sad

Mark tells us his “face fell and he went away sad . . ....

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Be a Missionary this Halloween

At Paseo del Rey Church, we are asking God to help us be "Always OUTFLOWing!" We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). As our Heavenly Father fills us with His great love, we are to OUTFLOW that love to others. Here's a great blog post with some tips for being on mission for Jesus this Halloween: Halloween is for Mission So go add some OUTFLOW to your Trick o...

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What is the Gospel?

Here's a great, brief blog post that helps us understand what the Gospel is and how we can clearly articulate it by remembering just four words:...

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Why Plant Churches?

I’m afraid sometimes we look more like people who think arriving is what it’s all about....

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One Another

And The Good News of Jesus is that He is transforming us from the inside out...

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What did Jesus mean when He said 'Judge Not'?

Here's a good post from the Resurgence blog that relates to this past Sunday's message... enjoy! What did Jesus mean when He said "Judge Not'?...

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How to Avoid a Broken Heart

If you want to make sure of keeping it intact,...

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Insisting and Reminding

Good motives. Painful, counter-productive execution....

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Sunday's Dumb Thing Video

His grace changes how we give....

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Helping Our Kids Memorize God's Word

So moms and dads, how about using music to help get God's Words into the hearts and minds of your little ones?...

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The Gospel of Compassion

But isn’t what he did wonderfully better?...

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You Will Never Leave Me To Face My Perils Alone

A hopeful work for broken people...

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The Gospel

Religion says that if we obey God He will love us. The gospel says that it is because God has loved us through Jesus that we can obey....

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"Gut-Wrenching" Compassion

On Sunday, we were sent out on a mission! Instead of our usual teaching time, we went out into our community in order to observe, listen and pray so that God could teach us to have His heart for spiritually lost people. ...

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Grace

"But I'm not worthy of such loving grace." Exactly. That's why they call it grace....

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An Interview with Max Lucado About His New Book, Grace

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine....

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Les Misérables this Christmas, and the Providence of God

Victor Hugo was brilliant in his blindness...

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It was good for Mary to ponder

And He stays near, always. He never leaves us to our perils alone....

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Family Feuds and Tensions over the Holidays

Unless you’re in an exceptionally sanctified family, you’re going to see failing marriages, parenting crises, and a thousand other shards of the curse....

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Learning from Lincoln's Flawed Marriage

Pain-free relationships are assumed as a right. But God promises his people something better....

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We're Pro Jesus

Genesis 3 tells the sad, sad story of the brokenness that came to all of us through the one man's sin....

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Steve Highfill and Paseo del Rey

God spoke words of encouragement and challenge to Paseo del Rey through Steve...

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Thanks for Your Partnership

Enjoy this video thanks from some of our partners, near and far....

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Accidental Pharisees

You may need to join me in repenting....

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A Prayer for Our President

How should Christians respond, even when we disagree with our President?...

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Hurricane Sandy Relief

Pray. And give....

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Making the Old Story New: 10 Minute Devotionals for your Family

A helpful resource for families wanting to grow in Jesus. Special sale price through Saturday, November 3!...

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"Garbage"

There are really just three ways to approach God, ...

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How Was Your Day, Kids?

“Fine.”...

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"I wish a Christian would take me to his or her church."

Here's a link to the blog post that Pastor Derek mentioned during our worship gathering this morning......

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Always OUTFLOWing!

Please be thinking, praying and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you WHO God wants you to be a blessing to and HOW He is calling you to demonstrate His love....

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The Biem People of Papua New Guinea hear God's Word for the First Time!

The Chief said to me, " Jesus has come to make this road back to God...ONLY He can help me."...

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Dramatized Audio New Testament: Free!

Listening to scriptures as you drive, walk, workout, or relax is a great way to get God’s Word into your heart....

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By the breath of His mouth

I think He created such a mind-bendingly enormous universe to begin to give us a hint,...

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No, you go!

As a church family, we want to strive together to put others first. Do we tend to think "me first?" Or should we be more like the people in the following video, letting others go first?...

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If it's true . . .

Speak more hopefully and boldly (hell really isn't better every day!) with those who haven’t yet responded to Jesus’ offer of rescue....

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Restored Church

The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1. the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2. the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city....

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The Dimmer Switch Principle

This is really great news. It means I don’t have to worry about all the things I don’t know....

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On the Other End of a Hard Conversation

How about when you are on the receiving end of a difficult situation, the wounding of a friend who has been offended by you? Here are some thoughts to bear in mind to help you through....

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Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse is so Important

I am convinced that praising your spouse in public is one of the most important investments you can make-in your family and in your leadership....

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Taking Offense. Or Not.

There's more than enough opportunities to be offended. But do we have to take offense?...

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Is the Bible Scientifically Accurate?

It should be noted that God did not provide his Word to us as a science book but more as a history (His story) and user guide for daily living. With that said, however, the Bible should not be thought of as inaccurate or contrary to scientific revelation....

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The Babylonians overflowed with it

Thinking about knocking the Babylonian out of each of us!...

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"The Bible has errors"

"The Bible has errors." Have you ever heard that comment from a family member or friend?...

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Continuous Partial Attention

It's when we unplug and pause that we have the joyful opportunity to reflect, to think creativity, and to begin to hear the gentle God whose only Son "shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any person hear His voice above street noise." - Matthew 12.19....

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What Do We Do When Evil Strikes?

Habakkuk has been teaching us that everything that comes into our lives--the stuff we like, the stuff we don't like--has first come through God's office. Habakkuk 1.6 and 12 are powerful reminders that it is He who sent the Babylonians to Jerusalem. This hard thing, as well as the happy things, had first come across God's desk and He allowed it to come to His people. God...

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Aren't All Sins Created Equal?

I know, I know. You've heard it for years. You've probably passed it on. I've said it. We've all said it, so it must be true. "All sins are the same in God's eyes." I know what we've said. And heard. And repeated. But does God agree? Has God said it? Are all sins really created equal? I think not. Huh? When we keep our finger in the text, I think we come across some...

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Are You a "Separatist" or "Cultural" Christian?

I am reading a book called The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World by Gabe Lyons. I haven't finished the book yet but I want to share some provoking ideas I have found so far....

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Infamous Sins and the Glory of God

What is the most awful and sensational sin ever committed? (Of course, this begs the question, "Are some sins worse than other sins?" If there are, and I think there are, which of these is worse than all the others?) Perhaps here are a couple of ways to measure the dreadful greatness of sin: 1. Who is sinned against? 2. The good that has been done by the one who is sin...

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Higher Than All Of Us

Habakkuk's life is tough. And it's about to get tougher. But Pastor Derek reminded us Sunday Habakkuk had a Rock, Habakkuk 1.12. And Pastor Matt prompted us to praise The Rock. God. I love King David's own experience and calling us to The Rock. (And David knew something about troubles, 1 Samuel 18-31 for instance.) "Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the e...

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How long, O Lord?

You can trudge your way through the small stuff. Home Depot doesn't have the fitting you need. Again. Nobody helps with the dishes. Again. It's ear infections all around. Again. There's more costs than cash. Again. It's hard, even discouraging, but you can slog your way through. But when it's all the time, or when it's life-alternating, or when you don't see even the dim...

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Reading Habakkuk. And beyond.

As we study together our new friend Habakkuk ten Sunday mornings, we're encouraging you to read the Prophet's words every day for a couple of weeks, or more. He wrote just three short chapters. You can read it in 5-6 minutes. Three chapters dealing with real issues. Feelings we share. Questions we ask. Confused. Baffled. "How Long, O Lord, How Long?" "You're doing what?" ...

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God, a Servant Who Suffers?

The only bible Jesus ever read in His days on earth was what we Christians call the "Old Testament." ...And those Scriptures pointed toward Jesus, they told about Him and His coming suffering, resurrection, and coming glory! In the Old Testament!...

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The Great Reversal

Suppose a man borrows your car and as he backs it out of your driveway, he smashes the gate and knocks down part of the garden wall....

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Hanging out where the Holy Spirit hangs out

Hanging out where the Holy Spirit hangs helps fill us with God's Spirit. Thinking about where He is already active and working and living and then moving ourselves into His neighborhood is the no brainer of keeping in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5.25) ...

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Do I Need to Bring a Bible?

A few months ago, our church received a thoughtful and generous donation that allowed us to purchase new NIV Bibles for use in the Worship Center. You probably know that, when you come to church on Sundays, those Bibles can be found underneath the seat in front of you...

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Family Worship Moment

It is so good to worship together as a family. For me as a parent, I am always looking for ways to sing and worship our awesome God, and make it accessible and understandable for my kids too! I thought I would put the occasional "Family Worship Moment" on the blog, so that you too may have some ideas on how to lead worship in your family. ...

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Keeping a Balanced View of God

I have been particularly convicted of my self-centeredness lately. No one huge event specifically but more of an awareness that EVERY thought of mine is completely centered on me...

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Foreigners in Post-Christian Culture

America: a post-Christian culture? The Bible is no longer revered and valued. Christian faith practices are seen as narrow and uncool, yet other religions are okay!...

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Don't Conform. Be Transformed!

As we begin the New Year do you feel like your spiritual life is blasé? Is your walk with God kind of sputtering? Do you miss that new-believer closeness that you once had with the Father through Jesus? Do you feel like your faith is dull and dry or that God is distant?...

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Making the Most of 2012 and Beyond!

In 2012, and in our whole lives, we must not waste time or miss opportunities, but rather take advantage of time and opportunities, using them for God's glory and His purposes!...

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Advent Joy

Well, we have done it again, we have worked our way through another year and find ourselves once again in the holiday season, that time in the year that is full of celebration and happiness, right? (Isn't it the "hap, happiest time of the year?") Well, not always and not for everyone. ...

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Giving Thanks Always

Living a worthy life and making the most of every opportunity comes as the result of being filled by, walking with, staying in tune with the Holy Spirit... As we live by the Spirit, we will frequently respond with thanksgiving....

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Isn't OUTFLOW over?

Now that the OUTFLOW series is over, does that mean we can go back to our self-focused lives? Of course not!...

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How Jesus Did Outflow

As we begin to think about Outflow, about reaching our city with Jesus, it is imperative that we be like Jesus, living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and his gospel as Jesus was in his own time and place. ...

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Lives that Generate Questions

God wants His great love to OUTFLOW from us to our family and friends! Let's ask God to help us live lives that cause our family and friends to ask questions! ...

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Set Apart in Santa Monica

As our church family continues through the OUTFLOW series, we asked Emily Bowman to be a "guest blogger" and she graciously agreed. Keep reading to hear how God worked in and through her this past summer......

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Changing the Bible? Dr. Doug Moo & the new NIV Bible

Last weekend we had the privilege to have Dr. Doug Moo, one of the world'sforemostNew Testament scholars with us here at Paseo del Rey Church. As he taught us from Galatians 6:11-18 and we thought aboutthenew creation, he alsoshared briefly about his work as Chairman of The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) for thenewNew International Version Bible, the first revision o...

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29 weeks of Messy Church? Check!

Our "Messy Church" series concluded this past Sunday and we think that is something to celebrate! No, we are not celebrating that the series is over. =) Rather, we can celebrate the accomplishment of taking time to read, study, discuss and learn from a whole book of the Bible! Why did we take the time to do that? Three reasons! We feel that our in-depth study of the Apost...

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Spare Change for God?

Followers of Jesus follow Jesus. They do what He did. It was Jesus who, even ". . . though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." - 2 Corinthians 8.9Followers of Jesus don't just talk about Jesus, or sing about Jesus, or study about Jesus, they follow Him. Last Sunday we talked together about following Him in our...

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