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Guest blogger, Ashley Jones, finishes up our Identity in Christ series today.  Enjoy! – Brandon Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free: but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11 How would you describe yourself? Do you use words like sweet tempered, hopeful, sarcastic, pessimistic, a realist, mellow, an extrovert or introvert? Or perhaps you use words like movie-buff, mama bear, or (insert favorite sport) fanatic.  Possibly you use words that link you to your geography or heritage: American, Texan, African-American, descended from the Pilgrims, the daughter/son of so-and-so.  Or even […]

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Irony

As my friend and I met at a local coffee shop frequented by many Christians who enjoy coffee, relationships and the Bible, we poured over scripture about the early church and how they loved each other. We discussed the impact they had on their community and How God used them to change a society. Because of the witness they had, God continued to add to their number daily (Act 2:42-47). While we discussed the beauty of the church caring for those who were hurting around them, I overheard many in […]

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A Heart of Compassion

My friend and co-laborer, Judy Cintron, wrote today’s blog post.  She has a heart of compassion and a heart to serve the Lord.  -Brandon I’ll never forget the story of a young mom from Chicago. Her husband lost his job and they lost their home. The three kids piled in the car for the long drive to California for a new beginning. Her husband had big dreams about a fresh start but had no job lined up or any concrete plans. Like any family with three young kids (two were in […]

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Wear the Jersey Well

Sports are a big deal. My entire life, sports have been woven throughout my journey. Whether playing little league, varsity football or throwing shot put in college, I have always been involved in sports. I married a wonderful woman who is just as passionate about sports, and together we celebrate and commiserate with the ebb and flow that all sports bring. It has always fascinated me though how “fanatic” fans can be. I love when the camera pans a football stadium, and one can see the crazy outfits people wear […]

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God calls us to be rooted in love.

You have picked up by now that I love to talk about God’s creation. Whether it’s a vineyard or a herd of elk, I love it. So many lessons abound if we will take the time to look. We can see the Creator’s fingerprint all over His creation. I am fascinated by the consistent references in Scripture pertaining to “roots.” The sun was starting to set, and a bull elk was 400 yards away. The way his bugles were booming off the canyon walls, I knew he was in full […]

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