Gathered Around the Manger- The Shepherds

For about 30+ years this place where you are sitting was a bar. In fact, on a stage in this very area, bands like Foghat and .38 Special played to a packed room. So it was no surprise when, about a month ago, someone from outside the area checked-in to the church on Facebook, tagged […]

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We Are Vineyard- Come As You Are

Have you ever noticed how hard it is just getting to church on a Sunday morning? You are tired from the week, and sleeping in sounds so much better than facing the struggle to get to church. There are also all of those chores that didn’t get done yesterday…or you couldn’t do yesterday because you […]

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We are Vineyard: Rescuers of People

A few years ago Lori, Bri, and I were at the Vineyard National Conference in Southern California. One of the “meetings” we attended for church planters took place on Balboa Beach with hippie worship leader and some great food. Bri and a group of teenagers were roaming the beach watching the surfers, playing in the […]

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What about divorce?

I have the longest running marriage in my family for 3 generations. For the last intact marriage in my family, you have to go back to my Great-Grandparents. When my grandmother got married, she knew my grandfather had problems. He was an alcoholic. He might have cheated on her. But he was hardworking, she loved […]

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Does God Hate Gay People?

We have been working through some pretty tough, but good questions as part of our Got Questions? Message Series Questions that many of us have probably wanted to ask for a long time, and haven’t for some reason.  The next two weeks we have what probably are our toughest two questions. I think these are […]

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Why can’t Christians get along?

Today we are starting our new message series entitled, “Got Questions?” And boy do you ever have some questions! I love doing this kind of message series because what we are engaging in is very important…we are doing the work of Ethics. Ethics is where you take a belief or foundational structure and work to […]

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Leaving Leviticus

Way back in February we started a journey through one of the more difficult books of the Bible. Leviticus is not known for its easy reading nor its accessibility. It is a tough book. Today is the last day of the series and I wanted to take some time to reflect on some of the […]

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What is love?

How do you define love? If you are like most people…you answers are scattered all across the spectrum. Merriam Webster defines it as: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person On a website called canyoudefinelove.com People write in their answers…some are obviously better than others. “Love is like DNA: Different for Everyone.” […]

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Sacrifices for Unintentional Sin

We have some interesting phrases in the English language. Two that I have always found interesting are…You are putting lipstick on a pig! And, You can’t polish that turd…which Mythbusters proved you can actually polish a turd. What they are meant to remind us is that just fixing up the exterior doesn’t change the substance […]

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