Pastor Gary’s Blog – December 5, 2013

Thoughts On Worship Worship is basically adoration, and we adore only what delights us.  There is no such thing as sad adoration or unhappy praise.  (John Piper, Desiring God) I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise….  I had not noticed either that just as men spontaneously

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – November 13, 2013

Putting Off the Caveman, by Gary Stokes, November 12, 2013 Recently, I was trying to help two friends who were in conflict restore their relationship. I have to admit that I got to daydreaming about the “honeymoon” days of the earliest church in Jerusalem. But, those “easy” days didn’t last

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Pastor Gary’s Blog, November 8, 2013

It’s a Hard Race, by Glenna Ganster, November 8, 2013 This past week I was in Chicago visiting my Mom, who is one of the loveliest people you could ever hope to know.  She’s been a Christ follower pretty much since she had any inkling of what that meant, following

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 10/26/13

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star …  by Glenna Ganster – October 26, 2013 Hi again!  Guest posting for Gary as he takes a little tech break! Not too long ago, I opened up the church website on a Monday morning to upload Sunday’s teaching.  What greeted my eyes was shocking and

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 10/3/2013

Conference Reflections, by Glenna Ganster – 10/3/2013 I’m honored to sit in for Gary this week as his guest blogger.  And I’m especially happy to talk about how the Mike Flynn conference – two weekends ago – impacted me. The church we attended for 25 years in the Chicago area

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 9/28/2013

Pastor Gary’s Blog – 9/28/2013 Recently we had our first conference ever, with Mike Flynn teaching on the Spirit filled life. I loved it and had a smile on my face afterwards! But it was just the start of a process. As we begin this new season together I want

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 9/18/2013

The Spirit filled life – September 18, 2013 Last weekend we hosted our first conference and I have been smiling ever since! I loved the passion of our speaker, Mike Flynn, and his desire to help us grow. And it was wonderful to have our friend Danny Mullins come down

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 9/11/2013

The Third Rail – September 11, 2013 Our first few years living in Chicago, I took the elevated commuter train to work (famous for Chuck Norris movie fight scenes!).  It was crowded and the air conditioning didn’t always work, but it was usually speedy.  However, on one very hot August

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Pastor Gary’s Blog – 9/6/2013

Looking Up – September 6, 2013 At the beginning of Luke 9, Jesus sends some of His followers out for the very first time on an evangelistic trip. He gives them His power and authority. But He does not let them take any money or food. They are forced to

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