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The Logic of God’s Love

  From Doug Stevens, a Pastor-in-Residence at Restoration and Founder of the Renewal Project The literal translation of logos from the Greek is “word,” which is entirely inadequate for understanding the depth and force of this concept.  Logos is not merely the word for “word,” but carries the connotation of meaning, of explanation, of premise,…

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With Those Who Weep

After a contentious presidential election that concluded with stunning results, it’s clear that many people in our nation this week are lamenting, grieved and even fearful of how they fit into this new (a)political culture. As the church, we need to genuinely understand this grief and affirm it; and certainly not gloss or gloat.  I…

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As you head back to school this week you might be excited to hang out with old friends… But make sure to look around you with God’s eyes. Do you see anyone who’s new or might look like they could use a friend? Jesus said, “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet, don’t…

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Having a Passion and a Plan for Evangelism

Recently, I was asked by a colleague who pastors and teaches a course on evangelism (!) about my thoughts on the practice. Here it is: What about you? Do you have a passion and plan to help people make a connection with Christ? Most of us don’t and that’s a problem. Helping others come to…

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5 Steps

Recently, we completed a series called the Art of Neighboring. I’m often humbled and impressed with how the Lord guides me through His Word. But this series, I believe was exceptionally important. Recently and often, I hear people try to compress Jesus’ ministry to one word: Love. They’ll say, “Jesus was all about love and he…

Temptation

Someone asked me

“What can I do when I’m being tempted?” 1.) RESIST the Devil and he will flee from you. Rebuke the tempter out loud and “in Jesus’ name.” 2.) CONFESS your sins to one another. Call a brother or sister or pastor and be honest about what you’re dealing with. 3.) READ your Bible every day….

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Bulk Items

Here in the city of Round Rock, once a year they offer a bulk items pick up day… A chance to get rid of large unwanted items. I’m excited for this because over the year, I find that stuff accumulates. And I’m thankful to live in a community that is aware of that and is…

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Isolation

“It would have been better if they shot me…” One of the worst mass killers in the world complained this week about being kept in isolation. Norway’s notorious killer Anders Breivik was in court to complain about the inhuman conditions he’s been kept in since he was convicted of murdering 77 people. I’m not here…