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The 10:45 AM Challenge

by Pastor Curt on April 12, 2014
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Let me own up front that I am a punctuality freak. I hate to be late for anything. So I am trying to check my idolatry/control issues up front in raising this question: could more of us church folk strive to be seated for worship at the very latest by the appointed starting time? I [...]

Ten Reasons NOT to Become a Church Member

by Pastor Curt on January 9, 2014
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Sometimes I feel woefully inadequate persuading good-for-nothing-brick types to join a local church through positive arguments. For this post I decided to try the reverse psychology approach with ten good reasons why someone would NOT want to join a local church. One, you should not become a church member if you do not want your profession [...]

The Church & Infertility

by Pastor Curt on December 28, 2013
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I don’t pretend to get this. Nancy and I never suffered the trial of infertility. We have known and know even now dear brothers and sisters humbling themselves under the mighty hand in this journey (1 Peter 5:6-7). We see the hurt. We feel the pain. We ache with the longings that go unfulfilled. Still, [...]

To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

by Pastor Curt on November 14, 2013
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That is indeed the question for this weekend. Another men’s retreat is upon us. The answer to the question for me is a no brainer. Retreat, of course. And not just because my role as pastor requires it. I would like to think I would make our men’s retreat a priority for a variety of [...]

Were We Successful?

by Kelly Simpson on May 14, 2013
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How’d it go? How were your sales? Did you talk to anyone interesting? Should we do it again? How do we measure success? How should we determine if all our efforts were worth it? How do I answer the above questions? I propose that it’s not by how much money I made in sales or [...]

Present Every Day

by Greg Willson on March 18, 2013
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Living lives of encouragement every day.

The Killing Disease Among Men

by Pastor Curt on November 8, 2012
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That’s what Stu Weber in his book The Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart (Multnomah, 1997, 286 pages) calls isolation. He writes: The tendency toward rock-ribbed, self-sufficient isolation is a killing disease among men. It’s as common as prostate cancer and every bit as destructive to life (p. 225). Overstatement? I’m not sure. More than [...]

The Finer Art of How to Walk Into Church

by Pastor Curt on August 7, 2012
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What better time to consider this concept than having opened a new building? As we all attempt to carve out our particular spots in the auditorium, perhaps we could take a g0spel-shaped tack in determining our seats from week to week. How so? Here’s a thought. Pray about where you sit. This is called the [...]

Indifference is Not an Option

by sara_graham on April 21, 2012
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27 million people are enslaved today – more than any other time in history. Why does this concern us? Listen to the stories below from some of those survivors. Victims are just like you and me. They needed a job. They needed to care for their kids. What would you do to protect your children [...]

WTLN Interview with Pastor Curt

by Pastor Curt on November 15, 2011
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For one of their recent Church-of-the-Week programs, WTLN, 950 AM, Orlando, chose to feature, as they have done in the past, Orlando Grace. They aired a message from The Graces of Gospel-Shaped Community series called The Grace of Clothing with Humility from 1 Peter 4:19-5:7. You can listen to the audio of that message here. [...]