Are we ready to give an answer?

Have you ever learned something the hard way?  If we could pull back from any situation and be completely objective, we would always choose to learn things “the easy way” – through study or practice (or someone else modeling learning the hard way in front of us!). 

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Adventures in Discipling

Of course, I don’t know the specific circumstances surrounding how God drew you into a relationship with Himself, but It’s my genuine hope that you had someone invest in your life and truly disciple you along the way, like I did.

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Each One Reach One

As we embark on the journey that is, “Each One Reach One” here at Orchards Community Church – please let me clear up a couple of notions.

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You don’t know what you don’t know

The old saying goes, “You don’t know…what you don’t know.” While I am positive that is true in multiple walks of life (parenting, nuclear physics, any form of math beyond reconciling my bank statement, etc.) it is spot on when it comes to relocating to a new area.

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Sacrificial Giving

I think it’s safe to say that nobody likes to be called a fool – even if it is a “rich” fool, like the character in the parable in Luke 12:13:21; so, what do we need to do to avoid such name calling in our lives? The closing verse in the passage indicates that we need to be “rich toward God”!

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Don’t Stay Throwed

Last week we looked at the parable of the persistent (and somewhat annoying!) friend, who shared his problem, of having no food for an unexpected traveler, with one of his buddies. Jesus used this parable, and its application, to teach the disciples (and us) how to pray boldly and persistently.

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Don’t suffer from Bystander Syndrome

Last week we looked at the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10. While this story is probably not a new one for any of us, I believe the events that Jesus included have spawned a phrase that we still use today for those who witness an opportunity to do the right thing – but don’t engage: The Bystander Syndrome.

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Passionate Love

I love my wife. Actually, I don’t know if that comes close to explaining the depth of how I care for Christina. I love my wife and I am in love with my wife.

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Breaking Habits

Do you have any habits? Have you figured out if they are good or bad? The reality is that habits form; they become embedded in our neurons, and to a large extent, they carry us through our daily lives.

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I don’t know how to go out or come in

Think back to your days in school (doesn’t really matter if it’s elementary school or college). The teacher/professor is unloading mountains of valuable information to the entire class, you are furiously taking it all in, but suddenly, you don’t understand something. Whatever the teacher is explaining is flying right over your head. What do you do?

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